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

Tuesday 11 December 2018


£145 - £295 +VAT


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

  • Genevieve Smyth, Dramatherapist based in Edinburgh
  • Sheena McGregor, Lead Therapist, Creative Therapies
  • Gordon Thomson, CEO, Ceartas
  • Magdalena Schamberger, Independent Creative Collaborator & Honorary Professor, Division of Nursing, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Master Trainer & Certified Facilitator, TimeSlips


Central Edinburgh, TBC

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