Experiences of Using Art with Middle School Educators to Examine Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Creamer, Danielle
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
The following qualitative study analyzed the experiences of middle school educators’ engagement in group art directives. Data was collected over a 4-week period, and a group semi-open interview was utilized to elicit information about educators’ thoughts on using art in the workplace and reflection on their daily lives. The study explored gaps in art therapy literature such as art therapy and its benefits with educators in a group setting, if art aids educators with burnout, and finding an effective treatment for educator burnout due to an increase of educators leaving the profession from the Covid-19 pandemic. This qualitative study provided art therapy literature to better understand the lives of educators’ burnout and emphasize work-related support using group art directives to provide emotional aid. This in turn will assist school administrations, art therapy professionals, and burnout literature alternative approaches to decreasing educators leaving the field and burnout among educators.