Amanda E. Chambala is receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She will continue her education at Marywood University in the fall of 2006 in pursuit of her Master’s Degree. She is a Marywood I.H.M scholar and recipient of the Caramel M. Callahan Endowed Scholarship and a Marywood Art Talent Award. She is the Undergraduate Representative of the Marywood University Student Art Therapy Association, a member of both Kappa Pi International Art Fraternity and Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society. She is also soon to be inducted into Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. She has also been involved with Volunteers in Action, The Bayleaf, and The Deutch Institute Program. Amanda chose to use her thesis as a project in which she was able to design and co-lead inpatient art therapy groups at Binghamton General Hospital. She worked directly with patients and will soon be submitting her writing to the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. Amanda would like to thank her director, Kim Hayden, who is an incredible inspiration and a loving guide; Dr. Ann Bush for her endless encouragement and belief in the process of art making; Christina Elvidge for her understanding and support; and her parents for their constant praise and love. Lastly, Amanda would like to thank her patients for letting her in where few have the distinct privilege of going.
Director: Ms. Kim Hayden
Reader: Dr. Ann Bush
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Anxiety related disorders are among the most common mental health problems facing American citizens today. This paper presents the advantageous use of art therapy in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral therapy in treating anxiety sufferers. Groups of four to eight adult inpatients with varying diagnoses engaged in drawing, painting, sculpture and guided imagery exercises to develop coping strategies. Upon completion of treatment, the client’s artwork was shown in an exhibition designed to educate the public about the nature of anxiety.
Anxiety is one of the most widespread mental health problems in the United States today. It is the number one mental health problem among American women and ranks as a close second to substance abuse among men. In fact, alcoholism is the only other disorder that affects a greater number of people throughout the county. Fifteen percent of the general American population is affected by a wide range of anxiety related disorders (Bourne, 2000). However, only a quarter of affected individuals will seek and receive treatment (Danton et al., 1994).
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