This dissertation project contributes a manual for mental health professionals who work to help adolescent's ages 11 to 15 year old who have suffered the loss of a parent. Through interviews with psychotherapists who use expressive arts techniques, this study investigates the therapist's perspective on expressive art techniques that might benefit grieving adolescents and how to use these techniques in the context of group therapy. The participants in this study are psychotherapists who identified that group work allows adolescents to connect with their peers and normalizes their experience around the loss of a parent. The audience for this manual is psychotherapists who conduct therapy support groups that incorporate expressive art techniques. Input from therapist interviews is integrated with information from a review of professional literature to create the Expressive Art Manual. The manual combines a social support group for adolescents who have lost a parent and the use of expressive art techniques. Existing research has demonstrated that the support group format is the treatment of choice for the bereaved because it creates a sense of community and emphasizes the interaction and growth of participants. This study is based on current and historical literature on adolescent bereavement and the contributing factors in grief including stages of cognitive and social development.The audience for this manual is psychotherapists who conduct therapy support groups that incorporate expressive art techniques.
|Title||:||The Creation of a Manual for Therapists: Expressive Arts Therapy and the Loss of a Parent in Adolescence|
|Author||:||Jonna Paden Prinzing|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|