Thesis Title

The Emergence of Critical Thinking in Children: A Cognitive-Behavioral Inquiry-based Art Therapy Program

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

Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Ellen McCabe-Wackwitz, LMFT, ART-BC


The purpose of this grant proposal is to request funding for support of a Cognitive Behavioral- Inquiry based art therapy group for elementary school children. The program is designed to better acquaint children to the concept of critical thinking through art creation, discussion, and analysis. This research grant proposes eight sessions of a CBT-oriented art therapy group with children ranging in ages from eight to eleven and will take place at a local Bay Area elementary school. By pairing inquiry-based activities with art creation it is hypothesized this program will broaden a child’s perspective in recognizing multiple solutions to difficult issues that may be faced in their daily lives.