Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Vivien Marcow Speiser


In this literature review various crises and crisis intervention techniques are reviewed alongside expressive arts theories and process to determine how the Expressive Arts can be utilized for crisis intervention. As there is not a well-developed relationship between crisis intervention and the Expressive Arts, various acute care setting which utilize the expressive arts and creative arts therapies are explored to determine how effective the Expressive Arts could be in effectively managing, de-escalating, and learning from a crisis. The finding of this research determines that although there are grounds for the Expressive Arts to be utilized for crisis intervention, substantially more research will need to be conducted to effectively and ethically create a method. Further directions of exploration could be research as to how mindfulness-based crisis intervention could assist Expressive Arts therapists working in crisis care settings, and for further research to more specifically target populations to develop a method for crisis intervention for. This research does conclude that there is potential for the Expressive Arts to be extremely effective in crisis intervention, and this relationship should be explored further.

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