Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Raquel Chapin Stephenson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, LCAT
This thesis reviews literature related to parental mental health and the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). COVID-19 is a collective trauma in which individuals experience the trauma differently depending on race, gender, and class. Women’s experience of living during COVID-19 related to changes in the workplace, caretaking, and more. The pandemic influenced parents and notably mothers with increased stress, depression, grief, and anxiety. The practice of self-compassion reduces shame and self-criticism which are common experiences during parenting and trauma. Self-compassion and art therapy can aid in resiliency and make living during COVID-19 more comfortable. With a literature review, results yield the following conclusions: First art therapy provides an action-orientated approach to validating and expressing feelings, and second self-compassion increase moments of safety with internal cues during a pandemic. The paper concludes with a suggested 6-week group protocol combining self-compassion within art therapy for mothers during COVID-19. Keywords: self-compassion, COVID-19, stress, mothers, parents, art therapy, trauma, shame, self-care, mindfulness
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Dover, Shannon, "Self-Compassion Integrated Art therapy for Mothers during a Pandemic" (2021). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 478.
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