Art Therapy in Schools: Reducing Anxiety in English Learning Learners

Graduation Date

Spring 2014

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

Jennifer Harrison, PsyD, DAAETS, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC


This grant proposes a program for English Language Learners faced with the challenge of making academic advancements while at once struggling with school-based anxiety related to English language development. The program delineated in this giant seeks to decrease anxiety through creative and less verbally dependent group therapy techniques that are more accessible to children developing their English language skills. The eight-week program joins Art Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions to both normalize anxious feelings and teach anxiety management strategies that can be generalized to the broader school setting.

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