Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Mary Lou Williams

Second Advisor

Rosemary Link

Third Advisor

Joseph Chambers


This research is a qualitative case study. It evaluates the effectiveness of art and play as nonverbal forms of communication techniques that con be used in social work practice. These techniques con assist social work practitioners working with children ages 3-5 years who hove been traumatized by abuse or neglect. This age group does not hove the verbal language skills necessary to effectively communicate their experiences, feelings and needs. Because young children have not developed the verbal language skills needed to communicate their feelings and needs effectively, alternative nonverbal forms of communication must be used to provide age and developmentally appropriate intervention. The research explores how nonverbal forms of communication such as art and play assist children in identifying, naming and working through issues that ore related to abuse or neglect. Two client cases demonstrates the efficacy of nonverbal forms of intervention for this client population.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Watson.BF

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