Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Raquel Stephenson


Though there is some research regarding the use of art therapy with those who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, there is less research on utilizing it with those who have other psychotic disorders or using it with this population within an inpatient setting. Research largely suggests that art therapy is beneficial to this population in reducing and managing negative symptoms, increasing self-awareness, understanding one’s narrative, and as a coping technique. However, there are few specific interventions suggested and researched. Therefore, a directive was developed and utilized in group art therapy on a mood and psychotic disorders inpatient unit. The group was offered to any clients who wished to join. Ages varied from 20-60s, three men were in the first group along with three women, the second group was made up of four women. Completing a lifeline activity and discussion to further understand their patterns, their story of resilience, and to find support in their discovery of a narrative. The lifeline activity did increase awareness and group cohesion, but also brought up powerful emotions that suggest a need to expand this activity into multiple sessions.

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