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Art Therapy and Spirituality in Treatment of an Adolescent female who expreirenced Sexual Assault
Kent, Annette

2008, Master of Arts, Ursuline College, Art Therapy and Counseling.
This study explores the role of art therapy and spirituality in the healing process of asixteen-year-old female who experienced acquaintance rape. Utilizing choices and
expressive images in art therapy, the research aimed to contribute to a deeper
understanding of the invasive impact of sexual assault and the resilience of the human
spirit.
Adolescence is one of the most challenging transitions in life, moving from childhood
to adulthood can be confusing creating issues concerning self-identity, sexual identity,
physical appearance, social status, and acceptance. For this adolescent experiencing
sexual assault during this stage of maturation was confusing, painful, and disturbing.
Feeling isolated and misunderstood, she retreated behind a façade of masked feelings and
controlled responses.
This case study follows the young woman through 15 sessions of art therapy
that incorporated creative and spiritual expression. The Belief Art Therapy
Assessment initiated dialogue regarding spirituality and religion helping this
adolescent to clarify her own spiritual beliefs and consequently find strength and
meaning in her life.
Cecile Brennan, PhD (Committee Chair)
Gail Rule-Hoffman, ATR-BC (Advisor)
Katie Kern-Pilch, ATR-BC (Advisor)

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