September 14, 2020 to October 26, 2020 (6 weeks)
Arts-based programs can bring new forms of joy and creative occupations for your clients, improve well-being, reduce isolation, and build vital communities based on shared passions, connection and purpose. These approaches, pioneered by occupational therapists using crafts and creative activities in the early days of the profession (Friedland, 2011) have resurfaced as potentially meaningful ways of addressing leisure and productivity across all age and ability groups. Arts-based programs have been shown to be effective for older adults with mild cognitive impairment (e.g., Lee et al., 2018; Mahendran et al., 2018), people living with dementia (e.g., Windle et al., 2018), adults with cancer (e.g., Wiswell et al., 2019), adults with depression (e.g., Biomdahl et al., 2018; Ciasca et al., 2018), and community-based psychiatric rehabilitation services (e.g., Oren et al., 2019), amongst others. In the United Kingdom (UK), doctors are beginning to ‘social prescribe’ arts and culture for improving health and well-being (e.g., Richman et al., 2018). Social isolation is becoming a growing concern today. Recent reports in the UK reveal the importance of health and social engagement across the life span; citing how various forms of programs, including the arts, can reduce social isolation (Durcan et al., 2015).
This online course equips you with the knowledge and skills to start using and to tailor an arts-based program with clients in your occupational therapy practice. The stages of building an arts-based program will be explored, from finding your champions, engaging a diverse group of stakeholders, grant writing and budgeting, creating the studio environment, and incorporating research. Examples from the presenter’s practice, a knowledge translation film, quiz questions, experiential art and music activities completed as homework, and group discussion boards will be utilized to give you a broader understanding of the topic and its relevance for your clients.
Additional Resources required for this course:
- All-purpose Journal with blank pages (11 x 8.5)
- Additional art supplies to be listed prior to the start of the course
Register for the course at: https://caot.ca/viewEvent.html?productId=10665