Using "Identity Tower":An Art Therapy Intervention for Increasing Perceived Social Identity in Workplace Groups

Graduation Date

Spring 2015

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 Myers Harrison, PsyD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Sarah Kremer, MAAT, ATR-BC


Many American jobs rely on the efforts of a group of employees. The Social Identity Theory links the efforts of group members to the success of the workplace. The purpose of this research is to test an original art intervention with the intention of increasing perceived social identity in the workplace as measured by identification, pride, and respect. A group of adult professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area were invited to participate in a group art therapy session, wherein members engaged in a collaborative creative intervention entitled Identity Tower. The results of the study suggest that using Identity Tower in the workplace may have little effect on the perception of perceived social identity, perceived work group identification and perceived team satisfaction. Further research is suggested using a larger sample size that more accurately represents a general work place environment.