Using the Arts in Health and Social Care: Communication, Expression, Healing

The arts and art therapy can provide innovative and accessible ways for individuals to express themselves and to examine their experiences, helping them to heal and build resilience. This event will explore the evidence base behind the use of the arts in health and social care, the challenges of delivering the arts in different settings, and share case studies of where use of the arts is making a tangible difference to people’s lives. 

Creative approaches to delivering care

There are many forms of art and art therapy that are being used to support those in receipt of care including dance, music, literature and the visual arts. Research by IRISS found that: “The arts offer practical, professional and often innovative ways for some social care services to be provided. Rather than identifying people with their needs or current/past behaviour, the arts support people to develop in ways they had perhaps not expected, or even in ways they had thought were impossible.”

Benefits to those in receipt of care include positive social connections with others, increased self-esteem and confidence as well as an overall enhanced quality of life. Staff using arts activities see similar benefits including increased confidence, encouragement to provide support more creatively as well as increased satisfaction from seeing people develop and achieve outcomes.

The arts also have the potential to support the culture change required for self-directed support, co-production and patient centred care to be realised.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The evidence base for the use of the arts in health and social care
  • The key differences between art as therapy and arts therapy and utilising both
  • The benefits of different forms of art and arts therapy
  • How art can transform spaces and create accessible comfortable environments for those in care
  • Benefits for the workforce
  • What you need to make it work: preparation and planning, taster sessions, mixed approaches, training for care staff and for artists, communication and good practice examples
  • Effective evaluation
  • Funding art interventions

Confirmed speakers

  • Magdalena Schamberger, Independent Creative Collaborator & Honorary Professor, Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Master Trainer & Certified Facilitator, TimeSlips
  • Emma Maclean, Lecturer in Music Therapy, QMU and Lead Music Therapist, NHS Lothian
  • Genevieve Smyth, Senior Dramatherapist, NHS Borders
  • Sheena McGregor, Lead Therapist, Creative Therapies
  • Gordon Thomson, CEO, Ceartas

Agenda*

9:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Magdalena Schamberger, Independent Creative Collaborator & Honorary Professor, Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Master Trainer & Certified Facilitator, TimeSlips

10:05 Session 1: Why Arts and Arts Therapy in Health and Social Care?

  • The latest research on the use of the arts and arts therapy in health and care
  • The benefits of different art forms including dance, music, literature and the visual arts
  • The key differences between art as therapy and arts therapy and utilising both
  • Art creating healthy caring environments to heal

10:05 The Benefits of Using the Arts Therapies and Participatory Arts in Health & Social Care: Highlights From Evidence and Practice

Emma Maclean, Lecturer in Music Therapy, QMU and Lead Music Therapist, NHS Lothian

10:30 Questions and Discussion

11:00 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Maximising the Benefits of the Arts in Health and Social Care

  • Planning to deliver art interventions and therapy in your setting
  • Engaging staff and individuals in creative approaches in care
  • Evaluating the impact of artistic approaches

11:30 Curious Shoes, a creative approach to engaging with people living with dementia

Magdalena Schamberger, Independent Creative Collaborator & Honorary Professor, Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Master Trainer & Certified Facilitator, TimeSlips

12:00 Genevieve Smyth, Senior Dramatherapist, NHS Borders

12:30 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Delivering Art Interventions in Different Settings

  • Funding art and art therapy in health and social care
  • Music and dance
  • Using art to express trauma and begin to heal
  • Art enhancing engagement with services

13:30 Gordon Thomson, CEO, Ceartas

14:00 Sheena McGregor, Lead Therapist, Creative Therapies

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
11 December 2018

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