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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Psychotherapy patients-Education, Environmental psychology, Social psychology, Public spaces, City planning, Psychoeducation, Healing environments, Placemaking, Mental health


This study was undertaken to determine the effect of integrating psychoeducation about healing environments and placemaking in the therapeutic setting. Additionally, this researcher and clinician proposed that if clinicians can empower clients to create a healing environment for themselves both in their private spaces and in their larger community, then such integration would facilitate improved mental health for clients. This researcher engaged in a theoretical study by examining the data on healing environments and placemaking on individuals and communities. At the basis of the study is the premise, as espoused by Kurt Lewin, that behavior is a function of the person in the environment. This researcher also included a case study of an individual client who implemented, with the support of this researcher as the client's clinician during the internship year, the aforementioned information as part of her treatment plan. The findings of the research demonstrated that the integration of psychoeducation about healing environments and placemaking can facilitate improved mental health for clients. The data is strong to support the premise and the scope of the psychoeducation, as demonstrated in the case study, can be modified and tailored to the individual client and their needs.




iii, 31 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2011. Includes bibliographical references (p. 29-31)