This thesis collection represents graduate student work from the Creative Arts Therapies department (formerly Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling) in the School of Fine & Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago.

Rooted in a 30 year history of dance/movement therapy, the department is guided by student‐centered practitioners and scholars who value artistic excellence. The Department of Creative Arts Therapies educates students to become leaders in the professional application of the arts within a discernible scope of credentialed practice.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Maintaining Stability in the Face of Adversity: Self-care Practices of Human Trafficking Survivor-Traniners in India, Ashley Fargnoli

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Creating Family: A Phenomenological Needs-Assessment of Adoptive Parents for Implications in Dance/Movement Therapy, Eva C. Glaser

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Friendship and Dance/Movement Therapy with Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Elise Moore

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Dance, Movement, and Performance with Israeli and Palestinian Children Living in War Conflict, Maria Ninos

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Exploring Empathy: A Dance/Movement Therapy Program for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Krista Samborsky

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Religious Multicultural Competence Amongst Dance/Movement Therapists, Jaclyn Abramson

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Enhancing and Sustaining the Personal Wellness/Self-efficacy Cycle of a Dance/Movemet Therapy Intern, Lynn R. Chapman

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Performance as Therapy: An Intervention for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, Emily A. D'Annunzio

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An Annotated Bibliography of Dance/Movement Therapy Appraoches to Eating Disorders, Apryl Marie Grasty

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Unfolding Self-Esteem Adolescent Girls' Self-Esteem and the Dance/Movement Therapy Intervention of Improvisation and Planned Movement Formation: A Pilot Study, Mallory Ingram

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A Theoretical Comparison of Dance/Movement Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy, Heidi Landgraf

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The Lived Experience of Vicarious Trauma for Providers: A Narrative Phenomenoleogical Study, Ambryn D. Melius

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A Journey Through the Embodiment of Aggression, Anson Relick

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Explorations Into Continuity: An Heuristic, Artistic Inquiry into the Interplay Between Work as a Dance/Movement Therapist and Service within the Bahá’í Community, Elena M. Rezai

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A Moving Journey: Personal Reflections From Dance/Movement Therapists with Non-Traditional Backgrounds, Meghan Nicole Slade

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Counselor Identity Development: A Heuristic Look into the Past, Present, and Future Role Identities, Jaquel Stokes

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The Phenomenon of Play Within a Dance/Movement Therapy Setting with Adults, Alison Teichart

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Breaking the Silence and Moving Voices: Dance/Movement Therapy in the Treatment of Male and Female Sexual Trauma Survivors, Sarah A. Winkler

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Moving Toward Leadership: A Case Study of Latina Adolescents and Effective Communication, Isela Estrada

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Towards Integration: An Autoethnography on the Development of Identity, Kanchana Henrich

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Choreography and Performance with Deaf Adults Who Have Mental Illness: Culturally Affirmative Participatory Research, Sondra H. Malling

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Doing It Alone: Supporting a Single Mother Through Authentic Movement (An Artistic Inquiry), Lucrecia Platt

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Dance/Movement Therapy and Autism: A Case Study, Katherine Ann Porter

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Mindful Bodies: The Use of Guided Meditation with Dance/Movement Therapy in Addiction Treatment, Melissa A. Sanchez

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Total Body Integration: A Phenomenological Heuristic Study, Deva M. Connett

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Finding the Rhythm in Dance/Movement Therapy: The Use of Tap Dance in Residential Treatment, Alexandria D’Aurio

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Dance/Movement Therapy in Inpatient Hematological Cancer Treatment, Megan Hall

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Give Peace a Dance: An Ethnographic Research Project About a Dancing Community in Chicago and the Implications for Dance/Movement Therapy, Isabel Martinez Mulcahy

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Dance/Movement Therapy in India, Rakhi Rangparia

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Voice From the Deep: A Black Student's Journey in a Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program, Aqueena H. Smith

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Effort and Personality According to Rudolf Laban: An Artistic Inquiry of Mobile State, Sara R. Van Koningsveld

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Finding My Feet: A Dance/Movement Therapy Intern's Heuristic Inquiry of Clinician Self-Care, Megan J. Blazek

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The Emotional Road to Recovery: Tracking the Mind and Body Experience of Shame in Women Recovering From Drugs and Alcohol, Nicole DiBacco

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The Effects of a Single Session of Dance/Movement Therapy with Adults in Crisis Stabilization: A Mixed Methods Study, Ashley Duquette

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See the Path: Using Laban's Movement Scales to Address Spatial Awareness After Brain Injury, Kristina Fluty

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Reminiscence of an Elderly Woman: An Artistic Inquiry, Cathy Gamby-Weideman

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A Heuristic Investigation of Intuition in Dance/Movement Therapy Practice, Jessica Melville Goodin

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Support for the Supporter: Dance/Movement Therapy with Community Dwelling Spouses of Long Term Care Residents Diagnosed with a Dementia Related Illness: A Clinical Case Study, Karla Jean Karpowicz

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Using the Body to Investigate the Impact of Verbal and Physical Aggression While Working on an Acute Psychiatric Unit: An Artistic Inquiry Through Movement, Kimberly Brooke Kaufman

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Multidimensional Analysis: A Video Based Case Study Research Methodology for Examining Individual Dance/Movement Therapy Sessions, Amanda Mitchell

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Teacher Attunement to Kestenberg Movement Profile Tension Flow Attributes in Preschool Transition Planning, Anna Carolyn O'Connell

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Strengthening the Therapeutic Relationship Through Mirroring in a Dance/Movement Therapy Group for People with Alzheimer's Disease: A Descriptive Study, Jennifer A. Pierce-Knapp

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The Space Between Us: The Experience of Relationship in the Argentine Tango, Greta Polo

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Dance/Movement Therapy and Responsive Classroom: A Theoretical Synthesis, Shawna L. Solsvig

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Chakra Self-Care: A Heuristic Exploration, Alexandra L. Starrett

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A Dance/Movement Therapist's Experience of Vicarious Trauma and Burn-Out: An Autoethnography, Elliotte Munnell Trif

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Inviting Consciousness: Authentic Movement and the Injured Brain, Ande Welling

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African American Adolescents at Risk: Their Stories Revealed Through Dance/Movement Therapy, Alicia Marie Williams

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Emerging Therapist, Growing Child: Developing a Relationship with a Child with Reactive Attachment Disorder, Kirsten Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Trudi Schoop: Passing On Her Legacy, Jeff Gilbert