Thesis Title

Raising Self-Esteem in Adolescent Females Through the Use of Art Therapy and Storytelling

Graduation Date

Fall 2009

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

Degree Granting Institution

Notre Dame de Namur University

Program Name

Art Therapy


Arnell Etherington, PhD, MFT, ATR-BC

First Reader

Laury Rappaport, PhD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Ellen Speigel, MA, MFT, ATR-BC


The purpose of this grant proposal is to request funding for an art therapy and storytelling support group for female adolescents in order to raise self-esteem for young female students at Circle of Care, a program of the East Bay Agency for Children (EBAC). Adolescents are susceptible to low self-esteem as they are impacted with many stresses when entering junior high. Females are particularly vulnerable at a personal time of identity development, as they are facing the struggles of puberty and drastic changes undergoing in the body. This grant proposes an art therapy and storytelling support group designed to support young females ages 12-14 coping with feelings of low self-worth. The group will be 10 weeks long.