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Arts for the Blues Film

Arts for the Blues Film

A film about the Arts for the Blues project was included as part of the Healing Arts Symposium hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) in New York. It was the only example from the UK and it was screened on 14th November 2021. The event was in partnership with Culturunners, the NYU Creative Arts Therapies Consortium, International Research Alliance, Johns Hopkins University, and the Open Mind Project.   The film can be also viewed…

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Arts for the Blues and NICE consultation

Arts for the Blues and NICE consultation

The Arts for the Blues project has recently published an article ‘Arts for the Blues: The development of a new evidence-based creative group psychotherapy for depression’ which has been selected for inclusion in a new special virtual issue of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research to coincide with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) consultation on the guidelines for treating and managing depression in adults. The virtual issue is free access until the end of February 2022 and the Arts…

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Student training event

Student training event

17th April 2021 (online) We spent a wonderful training day with counselling and psychotherapy students from both masters and undergraduate programmes at the University of Salford and Edge Hill University. We also had lecturers from both universities attending both in a support and participation capacity, alongwith invited mental health practitioners.  Today was the first of two training days, in which we focused on learning about the model and contributing to the activities for the key ingredients. The model is currently…

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Arts for the Blues training day

Arts for the Blues training day

16 January 2021 This weekend we had such an inspiring day with a wonderful group of therapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists, who together explored the creative possibilities for online delivery of the Arts for the Blues model.  We are so thankful to connect with everyone.  Here are some of the creative outputs from the day!    Who are you? How do you feel right now? Introducing ourselves using a whiteboard (beginning of workshop) How do you feel now? (closing of…

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Release of new publication!

Release of new publication!

The Arts for the Blues team are delighted to announce their third publication which presents the twelve session creative psychotherapy model for depression This article details the approach taken by the team to inform the model and presents the eight key ingredients that underpin the therapy.  Omylinska-Thurston, J., Karkou, V., Parsons, A.S., Nair, K., Haslam, S., Dubrow-Marshall,  L., Starkey, J., Thurston, S., Dudley-Swarbrick, I. and Sharma, S (2020). Arts for the Blues: the development of a new evidence-based creative group…

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