Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

MAE - Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies


Expressive Therapies


Dr. Meg Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT


This research project explores the therapeutic potential of clay, particularly as a creative, sensory-rich process that facilitates access to pre-verbal memories. Grounded in attachment theory and the innovative approach to trauma healing by Cornelia Elbrecht, known as Trauma Healing at the Clay Field®, the study investigates clay's regressive and healing qualities. It examines how its smooth, skin-like texture can activate our implicit memories through sensory experiences. Utilizing a community engagement format, this study aimed to assess the effectiveness of parent-child clay field sessions in addressing intergenerational attachment trauma and unmet attachment needs. The research revealed that the unique properties of clay encouraged sensory and cognitive engagement, fostering relaxation and connection within dyads. The community engagement project prioritized accessibility for urban community members and provided valuable insights for clay field session formatting. The researcher's personal experience with attachment was illuminated through a clay field session conducted after observing and processing the parent-child workshop. While this study offers promising results, further research is needed to determine the efficacy of this approach in healing attachment trauma.

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