art therapy

ATIC: Developing a recovery-based art therapy practice

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

ATIC (Art Therapy in the Community) is a recovery-based art therapy group run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The group is designed to meet the needs adults with severe mental health problems making the transition from acute inpatient mental health hospital to community based care. The group has been running since 2009.

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PTSD Intensive Treatment Programme: An Adaptive Model of Art Therapy

Combat Stress Logo

Art therapy has been offered at Combat Stress since 2001.  Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity, providing free specialist multidisciplinary clinical treatment and welfare support to veterans across the UK. Community as well as residential interventions are provided. Three residential treatment centres within the UK in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey deliver a variety of residential programmes.  There is currently no other dedicated art therapy provision offered to military veterans in the UK.

Taking the Line for a Walk - Discovering a Creative Identity, The Learning Lab and Front Room Gallery

Joyce Armstrong  Art Psychotherapist and Group Facilitator

Aware of the need for access to meaningful art activity in an environment that was outside of statutory health institutions, the facilitator considered how she could enable people who are experiencing mental ill health, and who often feel excluded from the communities in which they live, the opportunity to become involved creatively at the very heart of our city.

Adamson Collection Trust

The Adamson Collection Trust

Aim:  Promoting the role of arts in psychological recovery for those with lived experience.

i.  Preserving the physical integrity of the Adamson Collection and associated archives;
ii. Re-visiting the legacy of the pioneer of British art therapy, the artist Edward Adamson.

Funding sources: Adamson Collection Trust (ACT), Wellcome, Maudsley Charity.

Delivery dates: Jan 2010 – Dec 2015.

A Guide to Research Ethics for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

Nordoff Robbins

This practical guide aims to inspire ethically-aware practitioners to become ethically-aware researchers, evaluators and participants. Conducting a research project, whatever the setting, requires not only knowledge of research methods but also an in-depth understanding of research ethics. Embedded in 'real life' experiences of research ethics applications, this guide navigates the reader through research ethics procedures, drawing from legislation and a range of research ethics committee regulations.

A Guide to Evaluation for Arts Therapists and Arts & Health Practitioners

Nordoff Robbins

Evaluation is crucial to the development and sustainability of Arts Therapy and Arts & Health practices.

This guide supports practitioners in their quest to integrate thorough evaluation procedures in their everyday practices by providing practical guidance for designing, planning and implementing bespoke evaluation projects.

Research: Arts therapies and dementia care

Art therapies and dementia care: A Systematic review, by Renee L Beard, September 2011. Published by Sage Publications.

“Despite steadfast interest in the use of arts therapies (ATs) with individuals who have dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (DAT), a systematic review of the literature has not been conducted. This paper aims to critique this evidence base, including music, visual arts, drama, and dance/movement therapies between the years 1990 and 2010, and make suggestions on how it can be strengthened.”

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Research indicates art aids stroke recovery

Stroke survivors who like art have a significantly higher quality of life than those who do not, according to new research.

Research into art therapy and schizophrenia

Research has been published in the British Medical Journal looking into the efficacy of art therapy when applied in groups for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The study, which has been criticised for its limited nature, failed to establish a clear link between art therapy and improved health outcomes. More details are on the LAHF blog here

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