Art Therapy and the Pathological Child
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Degree Granting Institution
Notre Dame de Namur University
This research presents a case study of an individual, an eleven year old boy, whom I interacted with during my internship at an outpatient clinic.
Explaining a personal history and the boy's present personality through the application of art therapy will be the main focus of this research. A diagnosis of depression, opposition to authority figures, and borderline intelligence had placed this child in psychotherapy. He is in a latency age group setting.
Other areas of therapy applied during this patient's treatment ! will also be discussed. Through the presentation of this individual's art process and product, the importance of art as a viable means of therapy, communication and analysis becomes evident. By direct observation, hands-on art process, and analysis of finished product, the structure of art as therapy becomes a definitive, positive means of communication for the child being studied. Art, and its various Approaches, strengthens many facets of the child s personality and behavior. Art therapy as a tool for eliciting inner feelings and emotions became the means for the child to express himself and cope with his personal dilemmas.
Cleland, William B., "Art Therapy and the Pathological Child" (1985). Art Therapy | Master's Theses in Print. 464.