Creative Arts Therapies Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Susan Imus

Second Advisor

Laura Downey

Third Advisor

Andrea K. Brown


Joy DeGruy, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, African American, Delphi Method, dance/movement therapy


The purpose of this program development project was to create a program that utilizes dance/movement therapy concepts integrated with Dr. Joy DeGruy's Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) theory, specifically with suggestions for healing PTSS, to help African American Adolescents in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood understand, explore and heal from PTSS. The Delphi Methods was used to gather information from collaborators via individual interviews and follow up surveys. Collaborators, all experienced community leaders with African American adolescents in the Roseland neighborhood and similar neighborhoods, included one African American dance/movement therapist, one program developer, an arts and education director and an arts education manager. Information sought from collaborators was guided by a Theory Logic Model resulting in clearly identified inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts. The resulting program, titled Healing in Motion, consists of ten modules focused on healing domains from DeGruy's PTSS model, DMT and creative arts approaches for addressing the healing domains and practical strengths-based activities that support healing and positive community engagement. Program adaptations, evaluation suggestions and supplemental activities beyond the current program are suggested. 127 pages.