Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts

Department

Expressive Therapies

First Advisor

Krystal Demaine

Abstract

The imagination-in-service of empathy also creates a context for measuring children’s social, linguistic, comprehension, and organizational skills through the clinical observation of pretend play (Hendler-Lederer,2002). Both sociological insights carry heavy implications for the use and impact of imagination for both adults and children as well as individuals and clinicians. On the educational field, there is a wide academic debate about the disuse of imagination in the current educational system. Finally, in authentic movement, there is a strong link between imagination and affect where, not only is the clinician imagining the emotions that accompany the affect being moved by the individual but can also use the universal meanings of affects to touch root issues in the imagination (Roberts, 2016) .

This thesis sought to develop a method and therefore, the R.A.I.N.E. method is built around creating engagement through the individual’s imaginative process. I chose option 1 because I want to provide a road-map of my process to finding the way in with difficult individuals that may benefit other clinicians. The substance of the method is establishing a path for clinicians to gain access to the individuals’ internal world, become an ally of that world, and expand upon and operate within that world to achieve treatment goals. The R.A.I.N.E. method was used with three individuals, ages five to twelve and this thesis will present and discuss their responses to treatment through the method.

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