Thesis Title

Art Therpay in a Behaviorally Oriented Day Program with a Schizophrenic Male Adult

Graduation Date

Spring 1992

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


The subject matter of this paper was the utilization of art therapy in a behaviorally oriented day program specifically for severely to profoundly developmentally disabled adults. The paper was a case study of a particular male student in the program. This student has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia with mild mental retardation. Art therapy in use with this student was intended to be of a direct therapeutic benefit to him and produced concrete results by way of daily detailed notes, consisting of figures, tables, and observations. The research detailed a direct improvement and definitive growth in development of the art work and also observed behavioral gains over a seven month period.