Thesis Title

AVPT Art Assessment with Survivors of Human Trafficking

Graduation Date

Fall 2013

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


John Lemmon, PhD

First Reader

Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Doris Arrington, EdD, ATR-BC


The intent of this thesis grant proposal is to secure funding for an adult art therapy group for women have survived human trafficking. The proposed art therapy support groups will serve as an adjunct to an existing outpatient mental health and case management program serving this population. The goal is the integration of therapeutic art therapy services, as an integral part of treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at this particular agency. The art therapy group sessions will provide a space for creative and emotional expression and well as psychoeducation to help create a sense of safety and coping, and also to increase retention in the outpatient program. The psychosocial and psychological issues that human trafficking evokes will be addressed by use of the therapeutic, creative process of art making, the AVPT, and the Trauma Symptom Checklist. This paper presents incidences of human trafficking in the United States, current trends, analysis of the efficacy of methods currently used with survivors of human trafficking, and analysis of the efficacy of art therapy in helping prepare and retain clients for treatment.