Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Bodymap Protocol: Integrating Art Therapy and Focusing in the Treatment of Adults with Trauma
by Lubbers, Karen Darcy, Ph.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2017, 201; 10830077
Abstract (Summary)

This paper presents a qualitative research study that investigated participants’ lived experiences of receiving a Bodymap Protocol (BMP) and whether there was a perceived therapeutic effect, in relationship to the participant’s trauma conditions. The BMP integrates the modalities of focusing and therapeutic art expression, and utilizes the outline of the body as a container.

The BMP was administered to nine adults, each of whom were receiving therapy for trauma at the time of the study. Following the administration of the protocol, semistructured interviews were conducted to explore with each participant’s art work and lived experience of the BMP. Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was applied to transcripts of the semistructured interviews and the artwork. NVivo-Pro 11 software was utilized to explore the predominant themes that emerged. The study resulted in positive outcomes, as expressed through participant’s semistructured interviews and artwork, thereby providing a foundation and motivation for continued trauma studies with this protocol.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sieck, Michael
Commitee: Metzl, Einat, Sieck, Michael, Sukal, Marlon
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 80/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Art therapy, Focusing, Mindfulness, Somatic art therapy, Somatic psychology, Trauma
Publication Number: 10830077
ISBN: 978-0-438-37889-6
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