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

Imus, Susan

Second Advisor

Downey, Laura

Third Advisor

Brown, Andrea


dance/movement therapy, thematic analysis, residential treatment, Illinois, adolescent girls, Creative Passages Program


The purpose of this evaluation project was to assess the Creative Passages Program; a dance/movement therapy pilot program incorporating rites of passage rituals that was developed by the principle investigator. The evaluation included comprehensive assessment evaluation methods to assess the programs performance and its ability to achieve its specified outcomes. Creative Passages was constructed around a rites of passage framework, applying a ritual based experience similar to ceremonies performed for female adolescents in many cultures around the world. The program was developed around the idea that a dance/movement therapy program that incorporates rites of passage ritual for adolescent girls will enhance their understandings of their own self-concepts, increase their ability to express themselves, and positively impact their social skills; thus fostering a positive sense of self-worth that will benefit the next phase of their lives. 115 pages.