Thesis Title

Establishing and Nurturing Social Connectedness Through a Threapeutic Art Experience for Children Aged Seven to Ten

Graduation Date

Fall 2002

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


Lizbeth Martin, PhD

First Reader

Richard Carolan, EdD, ATR-BC

Second Reader

Carolee Stabno, PsyD, MFT


This paper outlines a grant proposal for children aged 7 to 10, designed to assist them in establishing and nurturing a sense of self and place in the world through their art. Art is more readily available than verbal means for children in expressing how they view themselves and the world around them. It has been proven that through artistic expression children can cognitively and emotionally develop their social identity. When children identify who they are in the context of the world around them through symbolic artistic expression, they become more conscious of their role in society.