March 13-19, 2016 is Creative Arts Therapies Week, and Friends Hospital is taking this opportunity to thank our Creative Arts Therapists and recognize the work they do for our patients. Creative Arts Therapists (including Art Therapists, Music Therapists, and Dance-Movement Therapists) are human service professionals who use arts modalities and creative processes for the purpose of ameliorating disability and illness and optimizing health and wellness.
Treatment outcomes include, for example, improving communication and expression, and increasing physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social functioning. Using art as a means to help patients express their emotions as they promote resilience and recovery.
Friends Hospital has a long history of Creative Arts Therapies. From the founding of one of the first Horticulture Therapy programs in 1879 to the present day, Creative Arts Therapists have contributed their talent and dedication to the care of patients at Friends Hospital for over a century. Our current Expressive Art Therapy department is made up of a diverse group of staff members who work with patients individually and in groups. They are an integral part of the treatment team, and we thank them for all they do.