School Counselors and Child Traumatic Stress: Utilizing Expressive Arts to Influence Students


Loni Peterson

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Charlotte D'Armond Talbert


Art, Art therapy, Expressive arts, Arts education, Child brain development


The study addresses the need for school counselors to be involved in elementary classrooms to assess children who have experienced trauma such as poverty, abuse, violence and neglect. Research indicated that there is currently minimal awareness of applying art therapy to childhood trauma in classroom settings by counselors. Counselors should be trained in the expressive arts therapies to treat students who display distress during a lesson. Training school counselors in using the arts as a therapeutic tool through professional development opportunities and/or certifications will encourage their participation in the classroom and support each child's developmental growth. Suggestions are made for continuing education opportunities in the expressive arts to increase the school counselor's engagement toward improved student emotional and mental health.

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