Narrative Art Therapy for Families That Have a Child With a Life-Threatening Illness
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
Lizbeth Martin, PhD
Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC
Claudia Ronaldson, EdD
Researchers have recognized the importance of meaningful collaboration between family medical and family therapy practitioners. A report published this year (2005) by the American Academy of Pediatrics spells out the need for pediatricians to be cognizant of the entire family’s needs when treating a child. Given the demands on pediatricians it seems almost impossible for them to provide psycho-social support needed by families. Therefore, a partnership between an MFT and a physician is a more realistic alternative. This proposal will offer an intervention model for working with families who have a child with a catastrophic illness. The treatment modality. Narrative Art Therapy, which has been shown to be effective in managing the psychological effects of medical illness, will address the entire family. As a pilot project six families will be treated over a two month period. The overall goal is to have the families remain psychologically healthy and intact during the course of the illness.