Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Kelvin Ramirez


Through a critical review of the existing literature, this capstone thesis seeks to investigate the potential benefits and drawbacks to the integration of guided artistic practices within the workplace. The literature reviewed focused on both qualitative and quantitative studies of burnout and explored the professional benefits that art making can provide in mitigating burnout for those within a western culture working in the field of mental health and social services, particularly in the capacity of a direct care worker (DCW). Through the review of the literature a case can be made for the benefits of using visual art to engage DCWs, their supervisors and company administrators in an open dialogue about their work experiences and serve as a tool to build social connections and professional skills. Recommendations and considerations are made surrounding corporate and worker benefits of having art making integrated into the workplace, as well as suggestions for future research in this area.

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