Thesis Title

Relational Art Therapy: Bridge to Healing of the Abused Child

Graduation Date

Spring 1985

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 paper will address issues that will be of interest to art therapists working with abused children. Some of the topics to be discussed will be: the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client, using art therapy in building a therapeutic relationship, and treating problem areas of the child in an institution for abused children. A case study will show how graphic indicators of child abuse, as well as sexual abuse, emerged in the art of an abused child.