Thesis Title

The Utilization of Art Therapy and Narrative Therapy in a Support Group for Adults with Facial Disfigurement After Treatment of Cancer

Graduation Date

Spring 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

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Lisa Manthe, MFT, ATR-BC


Cancer is such an emotionally charged disease that often brings up feelings of fear, grief, depression and uncertainty. In a society that puts so much value on appear­ance, Individuals that are left with a facial disfigurement after the treatment of a cancer have an additional set of challenges that they must learn how to cope with. This re­search study focuses on adults with a facial disfigurement after the treatment of a cancer and seeks to determine the efficiency of the utilization of Art therapy and Narrative therapy in a support group, designed to enhance quality of life. The sponsoring agency for this grant is the Cancer Support Community, which serves individuals and their families who are affected by cancer in the Bay Area.