Date of Award

8-10-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

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

Department

Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Susan Imus

Second Advisor

Laura Downey

Third Advisor

Shannon Suffoletto

Keywords

Catholic Charities, Joliet, Illinois, Head Start, children, dance movement therapy, creative movement, art, Delphi Method, logic model

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to develop a program for Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet Head Start that cultivates social-emotional development in children. Cultural intelligence and pro-social skills are fostered through the methods of creative movement, body-based skills, and art-making. Using the Delphi Method as a guide, I employed two round of interviews. The first round was an open-ended questionnaire for the purpose of brainstorming about cultural difference, and a follow-up informal interview for open dialogue about any questions, comments, or concerns from the collaborators. The logic model was used for data analysis and resulted in the following themes: pro-social skill development enhances the development of empathy, awareness of self, feelings identification, and communication skills. The program is intended to be offered for forty-five minutes to an hour, once per week over the course of eight weeks. Implementation and evaluation suggestions are provided. 84 pages.

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