Art Therapy in Action: Medical

Art Therapy in Action: Medical



I saw immediately they didn't understand fully but the emotions the psychological states of people about to undergo surgery or post surgery or had strokes or you know lost limbs and so on had cancer and frightening diagnosis the field itself has evolved a great deal you have evolved a great deal so in comparison where do you see your ideas evolve right as an art therapist okay right that's a that's a good question my ideas were how do I develop this merge this substantiate this in medicine with medical issues and even though I was now in the course of it and when finished getting formally trained none of that included medical or therapy so early on I longed for the field to evolve in that shall we call it subspecialty I really felt like the odd man out but felt so certain that this was the right thing that begs a question I mean you've been on the vanguard of and the forefront of so many issues and changes that we've gone through as a country I mean when people were writing about art therapy with HIV I was you firstly you have to realize I work in a hospital that is the you know trauma center of the city we have had now for well over a decade a unit set up on our pulmonary floor that is an isolation and Quarantine unit so that unit first of all we've had a very long-standing very successful art therapy program clinical goals are you know all of the basic express yourself you're in isolation all of that but also it in my view it brings the humanity into restricted quarters and this is like a return of sanatoria days but even sanatorium people could be out in the Sun as long as they didn't have airborne transmitted pulmonary TB so but in this case patients while they're still infectious have to be in a private room so it really brings it broadens their worlds we would bring in you know photos of landscapes and realism and and also have to think about and deal with the fact our own feelings about having to wear personal protective equipment what's cold and the medical communities PP&E we go in with our mouths covered with with not just a simple mask but especially fitted covering called a particulate respirator so we must take care of ourselves not only emotionally but also in terms of our own physical well-being but it enters the therapeutic relationship right so we have to think about what we look like to patients we have to modify or we have to make compensatory efforts to create that therapeutic alliance that Edith Kramer talked about that urban Yom talks about right because patients can't see her facial expression you know I leaned forward more I mean there were various things that we do to help you know modify that but you also has the art oh yeah exactly we have the art and people you know actually they really remain more compliant to treatment because of a positive experience feeling better about themselves feeling motivated

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