HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Creative Forces programming with military families: Art therapy, dance/movement therapy, and music therapy brief vignettes

Article

This paper explores the use of creative arts interventions with military families that have been affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Abstract

Creative arts therapists (art therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists) administer assessments and interventions that support the holistic well-being of military families affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Through participation in the Creative Forces: United States National Endowment for the Arts Military Healing Arts Network, military families discovered strengths, inspired connections, and improved understanding of their relationships. Creative arts therapies (CATs) motivated engagement, which ultimately boosted family resilience. CATs are an integral part of interdisciplinary care to address behavioural and rehabilitative conditions of military families impacted by TBI and PTSD. Future research should examine the efficacy of creative arts therapies in improving resilience in military families.

Full Reference

Creative Forces programming with military families: Art therapy, dance/movement therapy, and music therapy brief vignettes, 2021. Chilton Gioia, Vaudreuil Rebecca, Freeman Elizabeth K., McLaughlan Nathaniel, Herman Jessica, and Cozza Stephen J. Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health.