Thesis Title

Art Therapy in an Acute Care Short Term Pschiatric Facility

Graduation Date

Spring 1983

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


In this paper I am attempting to describe how art therapy can be an important part air the recovery process for patients hospitalized in an acute care psychiatric facility, where the treatment philosophy is-based on the concept of milieu therapy. In order to illustrate the use of art therapy in such a setting, I include some case histories of patients I have worked with at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, during the second half of my internship as an art therapy graduate student at the College of Notre Dame.