Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Elizabeth Kellogg, PhD


Arts-based practices can support individuals in groups to stay centered, aligned, present, and alert in the moment. Expressive Arts Therapies serve as an opportunity to create a therapeutic attunement or alliance. This thesis explores the development of an expressive arts-based method that promotes emotional regulation through the use of breath for ages 4-17 in a Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) facility. The techniques in this thesis reflect the lens of theory and practice through play, attunement, mindfulness, meditation, all centering around the importance of breathing to promote emotional regulation in a CBAT population age 4 – 17. As anticipated, the focus and implementation of breath work in the therapeutic alliance increased engagement and participation in therapeutic groups.

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