Date of Award

Winter 2006

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

David Hebert


This thesis looks at the development of the self within foster children and examines clinical intervention strategies that focus on the internal world of the child. Using architectural metaphors, this thesis aims to change the perspective within which clinicians think about the experience of the foster child and their view of self. Within this framework, the counseling experience works to bring the foster child out from behind their protective walls and journeys with the child through their past and present histories. Throughout this journey, the clinician joins with the child and allows an attachment bond to develop in order for the child's own development of self to progress. It is hoped that this thesis will shed light both on the experience of being a foster child and on the need for changes within the foster care system.