Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), School of Visual Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Campanelli

Second Advisor

Mr. Richard Luyke


The aim of the current study is to present multi-faceted instruments to measure the effectiveness of a competency-based approach to Art Therapy for improving the self-esteem of a pre-adolescent girl. The theoretical framework for this approach applies well established Art Therapy and Family Art Therapy theory and practice to contemporary clinical practices in individual Family Therapy. The Self-Perception Profile for Children (SPPC) (Harter, 1985b), House-Tree-Person Drawing Test (H-T-P) (Buck, 1970), the subject's self-ratings, ratings of the subject's competence by her mother and her teacher, and ratings of the subject's artwork by objective judges are employed in a Pretest-Posttest research design strategy (Huck, Cannier & Bounds, 1974). The findings of the current study present the competency-based Art Therapy approach as a useful form of assessment and therapeutic modality when working with pre-adolescents. Improvement in the subject's self-esteem is demonstrated in the findings with minor gains perceived by one of her caregivers.

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