Community Health and Wellbeing for Patients and their Caregivers
The Creative Arts Therapy team is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of our patients’, families’, and staffs’ wellbeing. We strive towards delivering the highest quality of care and upholding exceptional ethical standards through revolutionary creative arts psychotherapy treatment.
Virtual Creative Arts Therapy Programming
Weekly Art and Music Interactive Programming was developed in response to the current COVID-19 restrictions in our hospital, the creative arts therapists have created a weekly series of live, interactive programs through the hospital’s closed-circuit television system. Our programs aim to give patients and families opportunities to engage in community-based and aesthetically enriching experiences
The creative arts therapy interactive programming is aimed to:
- Reduce stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms
- Build a sense of community in the hospital
- Provide coping tools for expression of feelings
- Reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation
- Promote socialization
- Offer non-pharmacological pain management
Musical Mondays - supports health-and-wellness education and expressive creativity through engagement in a variety of musical experiences, including songwriting and recording, sing-alongs, music-assisted guided relaxations and various games and activities.
Wednesdays Art Lab - is not art therapy and does not take the place of therapy. Art Lab guides patients in weekly hands-on art making and integrates Art Therapy concepts, stress reduction techniques, and psycho-education through the visual arts.
Memorial services within the hospital
Our music therapist offers bereavement support to families and friends who have experienced loss of a loved one at our hospital through the facilitation of live music at our annual memorial services. Music is used to help structure the service and honor our patients and families as they continue in their journey of grief. Musical programming is curated by our music therapist in collaboration with our Pediatric Bereavement Coordinator.
The Creative Arts Therapists at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia Irving Medical Center and the Allen Hospital publish a quarterly newsletter where you can find updated information about new projects, initiatives, and facts about creative arts therapy. Please check here for updates.