Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Dr. Jacelyn Biondo


The practices of Creative Arts Therapies (CATs), Expressive Arts Therapy (EATs), and Motivational Interviewing (MI) are regarded as profoundly impactful for use in mental health professions. While there is extensive literature supporting the benefits of the practices individually, research to date on combining CATs or EATs with MI is limited. This Capstone investigates the combination of the fields, including research linking MI to the fields under the CATs umbrella of art, dance/movement, drama, and music therapies. The key elements of each practice are defined, and their overlapping similarities are identified, examples of complementary CATs interventions to the practice of MI are included, concluding with a discussion of challenges and suggestions for possibilities for future research. Results indicate that to date there is no existing literature on integrating the EATs modality into MI conversation style; however, literature does exist on the separate modalities of CATs of art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, and music therapy. The literature endorses myriad benefits of combining the CATs with MI, including identifying need for change, strengthening therapeutic bond, and offering nonverbal forms of expression to MI’s predominantly verbal conversational style.

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