Thesis Title

COVID-19: Our Hopes and Dreams

Graduation Date

Summer 2021

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


Caryl Hodges, EdD

First Reader

Sarah Kremer, PhD, LPCC, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Gwen Sanders, PhD, ATR-BC, MFT


COVID-19: Hopes & Dreams was an art-based research project that took place online during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was designed to provide a beneficial art making experience for participants while simultaneously documenting their lived experience with a focus on hopes and dreams. This project was guided by public health research showing strong evidence for the ability of art to improve individual and collective health outcomes during pandemics. The project utilized art therapy techniques developed to increase resilience and post traumatic growth after traumatic events. One result was a short video, COVID-19: Our Hopes & Dreams. The student researcher used images and words from participants’ art to create this art piece. Another result was the exploration and analysis of the themes that emerged in the participants' art.