Thesis Title

Increasing Resilience Through Art Therapy in Children with Domestic Violence Exposure

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


This research study will examine how using ail therapy interventions in conjunction with positive psychology methods may be effective in increasing resilience with children who have experienced domestic violence. The target population for this study is children between the ages of eight and sixteen who have experienced domestic violence and who are experiencing residual effects in the form of emotional disturbances or other externalized behaviors. All participants will be asked to participate with the consent of their parents or guardians, and by their own assent. The program will take place in San Francisco, in a Day Treatment center which specializes in academically and therapeutically serving children with emotional disturbances. The groups will take place in classrooms, and on the campus of the center, with trained staff and clinician support.