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 the rich 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 2017

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Cultural Differences in Group Therapy: A Phenomenological Study of the Lived Embodied Experience of the Cultural Bump, Natalie R. Breitmeyer

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Safety First: Fostering the Neurological Experience of Saftey in Dance/Movement Theraphy Sessions for Survivors of Sexual Trauma, Chelsea Joy Davis

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Encountering Disenfranchised Grief: A Pilot Investigation of the Clinical Lived Experiences in Dance/Movement Therapy, Kate M. Dominguez

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Role Exploration: A Heuristic Study Into How Various Roles Influence the Role of Emerging Dance/Movement Therapist, Patrick Thomas Justin

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An Annotated Bibliography of Creative Interventions Within Dance/Movement Therapy, Kaitlynn Kavanaugh

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Decluttering the Mind: A Creative Approach Towards Becoming, Jessica Ann Lochte

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Exploring Kinesthethic Empathy in the Medical Setting: A Heuristic Inquiry, Jenna Maltby

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Engaging Collective Embodied Resilience, Enacting Ritual Movement Practice in a Social Change Process, Lauren Rose Milburn

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Kuelewa: Evaluating the JABE Therapeutic Dance Program in Kibera, Sarah Moore

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You, Me, and We: An Artistic Inquiry Exploring Embodied Self-Awareness, Peter Navarro

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The Intersection of Anger Management Counseling and Embodiment in Dance/Movement Therapy, Maria Parise

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A Heuristic Inquiry: The Narrative of a Beginning Dance/Movement Therapist's Professional Identity Development, Danielle Parmacek

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Moving Myths: A Heuristic Inquiry Into the Role of Jungian Concepts in the Theoretical Framework of a Dance/Movement Therapy Student, Maura Reagan

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Stepping In: My Experience of Embodied Power Through the Relations-Cultural Framework, Sarah C. Rot

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Embodied Nonverbal Microaggressions From the Perspective of Dance/Movement Therapists: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, Rebecca A. Schultz

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Paving the Road to Resilience: A Grounded Theory Pilot Study, Ruchi Shah

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An Embodied Artistic Inquiry on Self-Compassion: Awakening the Warrior Goddess Within, Lindsey Rae Thompson

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Move About It: Movement-Based Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop for High Schools, Katie Wild

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A Heuristic Inquiry Into the Subjective Lived Experience and Expression of Authenticity as a Developing Dance/Movement Therapist, Elyssa M. Yeh

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Embodied Resilience in Unaccompanied Latin American Children in a United States Reception Center, Marcos Oro Caldero

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Dance/Movement Therapy and Competitive Dance: An In Depth Self Evaluation, Veronica A. Chapp-Miller

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Unraveling and Understanding the Therapeutic Self: A Heuristic Inquiry on Countertransference, Donna DeCotiis

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Math Via Movement: Using Emotional Intelligence in the Math Classroom, Renee Gestalt

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Learning to Relate: A Heuristic Inquiry Exploring the Development of Therapeutic Relationships, Megan King

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Moving After Baby: Developing Informed Dance/Movement Therapy Interventions for Symptoms of Postpartum Depression, Tonia Levison

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Mutuality in Movement: A Relational Approach to Dance/Movement Therapy With Domestic Violence Survivors, Heather L. MacLaren

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An Excursion Into the Creative Process: An Artistic Inquiry Utlizing Ritualistic Self-Care In Movement, Bobbi Jean McKissick

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Dance Movement Therapy and Holism: Moving Beyond Body/Mind/Spirit, Laura Miller

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Body Beyond Boundaries: An Auto-Ethnography On My Embodied Culture In My Work as a Dance/Movement Therapy Intern Practicing In Another Culture, Akanksha Mishra

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Embodied Narratives: The Influence of Dance/Movement Therapy on the Mood of Hospitalized Children, Ashlea Palafox

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Self-Care for Dance/Movement Therapy Interns booklet, Stephanie N. Terrell

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Self-Care Practices for Dance/Movement Therapy Student Interns: A Multifaceted Toolbox, Stephanie N. Terrell

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Moving For Freedom: Development of a Dance/Movement Therapy Based Resilience Promotion Program for Children of Individuals With Substance Abuse Disorder, Maria Torres

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Being In Relationship: The Experience of a Female Dance/Movement Therapy Intern on a Male Residential Unit for Sexually Problematic Behaviors, Krista Tyner

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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A Body-Based Program Development Project to Prevent Burnout Among Mental Healthcare Professionals, Amanda J. Abeling

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Aesthetically Significant: An Embodied Artistic Inquiry Exploring the Experience of Aesthetics as an Emerging Dance/Movement Therapist, Hannah Bailey

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How Fear and Anxiety in Response to Countertransference and Somatic Countertransference Impacted the Clinical Decision-Making of a Dance/Movement Therapy Intern, Chelsie Batko

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Examining the Connection Between Spirituality and Embodiment in Medical Education, Katie Bellamy

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The Dance Impermanence: An Artistic Inquiry Through Improvisation, Julie Frances Brannen

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Dance/Movement Therapy In-Service Model: A Collaborative Creation, Erin Arline Howe

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Searching for Connection: A Heuristic Study of the Role of Consciousness in Identifying and Meeting Human Needs Through Expressive Movement, Amy Leow

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The Creative Process of Choreography and Performance: The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Within Dance/Movement Therapy, Chih-Hsien Lin

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The Evaluation of Creative Passages: A Dance/Movement Therapy and Rits of Passage Pilot Program for Adolescent Girls, Monimia Macbeth

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Developing an Informed Clinical Practice Through the Embodied Discovery of Somatic Countertransference: An Artistic Inquiry, Nell McCarty

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Listening with the Eyes and Body: An Artistic Inquiry to Explore the Needs of Deaf Adults with Chronic Mental Illness, Malorie McGee

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My Embodied Multiracial Experience, Catherine C. Miller

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Dance/Movement Therapy and the Journey of Infertility: A Phenomenological Study, Sara Ogawa

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UBU-Unique But United: A Movement-Based Curriculum for an Inclusive Pre-School Classroom Focusing on Social-Emotional Learning, Julie Schadeck

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The Dance of Here and Now: A Heuristic Journey Uncovering the Role of Presence While Practicing Dance/Movement Therapy With An Elderly Population Experiencing Dementia, Kaitlynn Sinki

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Moving THRU: Dance/Movement Therapy Based Program for Direct Caregivers of Childhood Survivors of Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Belize, Amy VanBecelaere

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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A Community That Dances Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study on People of the African Diaspora Within the African Dance and Drum Community in Chicago, Ifetayo Kitwana

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Dance/Movement Therapy as a Therapeutic Approach for Excoriation (Skin Picking) Disorder: Movement Treating Movement, Karissa Martens

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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