Date of Award

Fall 2006

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Janet Elizabeth Falvey


The following thesis proposes a model for the use of cinematherapy as part of treatment for clinically depressed adolescents. The thesis outlines the rationale for such a model, including the relative convenience and potential benefits of using movies as a therapeutic technique. This thesis also examines the professional literature regarding the topics of cinematherapy, bibliotherapy, group therapy, therapeutic metaphor, metaphoric techniques in therapy, and adolescent depression. A model is proposed to offer a specific framework in which cinematherapy may be used in the group treatment of adolescent depression, as well as tools that may assist clinicians in monitoring treatment outcomes. Finally, a discussion is offered regarding the potential benefits and drawbacks of the proposed model, as well as implications for future research and applications of the model.