Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Basal Zayed


An individual’s self-concept is under significant development during childhood and adolescents. For children with significant psychosocial and emotional needs their environment, peer group, and accommodations can have a significant impact on the emotional development of their self-concept. Establishing a sense of belonging within relationships is a crucial part of the human experience. A negative self-concept can create barriers to children engaging positively with their peers, family, and community, which diminishes the opportunity for a felt sense of belonging. This capstone thesis is an attempt to develop an art therapy method informed by the expressive therapies continuum (ETC) to support the development of children with significant psychosocial and emotional needs within the context of a therapeutic day school setting as a holding environment. Through the use of portraiture via collagraphy printmaking, the level of congruence within childrens’ self-concepts will be analyzed through artistic reflection utilizing the same method of printmaking. “Portraits [are] the tangible subjectivity of the person’s portrayed remains, providing evidence of their worthiness and the sacredness of human life” (Carr, 2014, 66).

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