Thesis Title

The Effectiveness of the Art Therapy Process in the Survival of Suicide Aftermath

Graduation Date

Spring 1986

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


This study of art therapy occurred with six halfway house residents in the aftermath of a suicide which took place in a residential halfway house for adults recovering from schizop­hrenia. The residents that were left in the suicide aftermath were able to non—verbally explore their feelings associated with the suicide of a fellow resident. The threatening feelings were substantially dispelled within three art therapy sessions. Selected examples of the art products are presented.