Date of Award
MA - Master of Arts
Dr. Raquel Stephenson
This research follows the development and implementation of the Shame Reduction for Offenders (SRO) art therapy protocol. The protocol is carried out in a group format with twelve participants with forensic backgrounds on an inpatient unit at a psychiatric state hospital. Using art therapy, the patients directly and indirectly address feelings of shame as well as fear of losing control. Due to the nature of art therapy, the non-verbal aspects of this protocol allow participants to confront these feelings in a less threatening space. This protocol allows participants to gain insight and communicate about the topics of shame and control more confidently during and after these sessions than in previous treatment, as reported by the treatment teams of the participating individuals as well as observations by the group co-leaders.
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Cohen, Jessica Nora, "Development of an Art Therapy Protocol for Reducing Shame in Forensic Offenders" (2018). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 58.
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