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The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital recognizes this week, March 21– 28, as Creative Arts Therapies Week.

Creative Arts Therapists are human service professionals who use arts modalities and creative processes for the purpose of optimizing health and wellness. Treatment outcomes include:
 
Improving communication and expression

Increasing physical, emotional, cognitive and/or social functioning

Creative Arts Therapy organizations have been active in this country for over 50 years and include:

Art therapy
Dance/Movement therapy
Music therapy
Drama therapy
Poetry therapy
Psychodrama

Art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing. Through creating art and discussing the process with a Master’s level art therapist, one can increase awareness of self, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive and physical abilities, and enjoy the life affirming pleasures of creative activity.

As a mental health profession, art therapy is employed in many clinical settings with diverse populations of all ages. Art therapists work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, local community settings and private practice.

For more information on art therapy, contact Magee's Art Therapist, Lori Tiberi at 215-587-3424 or visit the following websites:

http://www.americanarttherapyassociation.org/

http://internationalarttherapy.org/

www.arttherapyalliance.org

www.internationalarttherapy.org/internationallinks.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopaedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually.  Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate
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