Activities that have been shown to change the flow of neuroactivity.
On September 24, the Belle Mead, NJ campus of Carrier Clinic will host a conference on the topic of Healing Arts. One of the most ambitious of such events to be presented in the region, the conference will cover the past history of arts-related therapies like painting, poetry and performance; their fast growing acceptance and implementation by today’s mental health community, and the increasingly significant role they will play in future years. Delivering the keynote address at the event will be a figure whose trailblazing work in the field has served to connect the worlds of science and the arts: Dr. Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH.
A young specialist in Internal and Preventive Medicine, Nobel has made significant contributions to the development of information tech-based automated systems for healthcare management, to the extent it’s been said that you’ll thank him when “you no longer have to fill out a paper form at your doctor’s office.” Still, it’s the doctor’s position as founder of the Foundation for Art and Healing—a nonprofit organization for which he serves as president and eloquent visionary spokesman—that merits recognition wherever a poem becomes as effective as a pill; where an exercise in movement becomes the medicine, and where a thimble and thread become the tools of therapy.
Based in Brookline, Massachusetts, the Foundation exists at the forefront of a movement that has grown exponentially within a few very short years— integrating what were once regarded as “alternative” treatments into programs that have exhibited some remarkable real-world results, and serving as a “bridge” between the medical profession and a basic human impulse that extends back beyond the first colorful cave paintings.
As detailed by its founder, an adjunct professor at Harvard School of Public Health and an award-winning poet, the Foundation for Art and Healing operates according to a three-tiered mission that includes expanding public awareness of the benefits of arts therapy; conducting research into the effectiveness of arts therapy programs, and putting forward a platform of “innovative programming” that can be adopted by facilities like Carrier Clinic.
“Carrier is among the facilities that have been including these modalities as a way to treat things like anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and depression,” the doctor continues. “The goal is to create a more positive environment…the art therapists are the ones who really build these programs, and our role is in the area of coaching, and toolkit development.”
To learn more about the Foundation For Art and Healing and a discussion on the topics of Windows to the Future, Blake 2.0, and Vinny’s Voice, read the full Connections Summer 2015 newsletter.View/Download Resource