Thesis Title

Art Therapy as a Support: for the Acculturation of East Asian International Students in the United States

Graduation Date

Spring 2016

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


John Lemmon, PhD

First Reader

Jennifer Harrison, PsyD, ATR-BC, DAAETS

Second Reader

Deann Acton, MA, MFT, ATR-BC


This research examines how the acculturation process can be facilitated for East Asian international students through a practice of art therapy. The art interventions took place in a group, and they were designed to help the participants to become a bi-cultural by covering the process of grief and loss, identifying cultural identity, exploring aspects of Eastern culture and Western culture, and supporting the integration of the both cultures. The outcome of this research study demonstrated that art therapy interventions facilitated participants’ acculturation process after four sessions. This research sparks further inquiry into the beneficial nature of art therapy for a culturally diverse population such as the international student population.