A Place To Be – Institutional Relevance And The Creative Arts Therapies

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Authors: Joanna Jaaniste and Maralyn Nash, NSW

Year: 2005

Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Creating Recovery, music therapy, drama, art therapies, community inclusion

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765310

Abstract: A collaborative performance in a large mental health facility could appear anachronistic in the twenty-first century. However, Cumberland's arts therapies have been able to achieve outcomes based on aims that involve community inclusion as well as individual steps to recovery.

In the music and drama areas, clients had input into the subject matter of Greek songs and stage pieces, inspired by the 2004 Olympics, and there was therapeutic rationale for role-taking and playing. In all artistic areas, from a rehabilitation point of view, there were significant changes for residents to be involved in a therapy process which was specifically goal-directed, structured and with a definite start and finish time. This was especially obvious in art therapy, as the client-inspired masks were central to performance and theme. Outcomes in all artistic areas are evidence of their clear ideas to bring character to life. Since some consumers travelled in to participate in rehearsal and performance, this paper discusses the validity of the undertaking from a community inclusion point of view.

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