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Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing

The Arts for the Blues research project is led by Professor Vicky Karkou, Director of the newly established Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing, at Edge Hill University. The purpose of the centre is to engage with impactful interdisciplinary research on the contribution of the arts towards the wellbeing of people across the life span, their communities and environments that is participatory, ethical and of direct value. The Centre has developed from the Arts and Wellbeing Research Group that has…

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Video excerpts of the Key Ingredients

Video excerpts of the Key Ingredients

We are delighted to showcase our short videos which illustrate the eight key ingredients which underpin the design and delivery of this creative psychological therapy model. The key ingredients have been formed from the results of our thematic synthesis of 76 articles referring to helpful factors in the treatment of depression across a range of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) therapeutic interventions including CBT, counselling for depression, psychodynamic and arts psychotherapies. The helpful factors in psychotherapeutic treatments…

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Arts for the Blues in Greece

Arts for the Blues in Greece

4th January 2020, Thessaloniki This January, Vicky led an experimental workshop and seminar based on the Arts for the Blues approach. Participants included arts psychotherapists (dance, drama, arts and music) as well as primarily verbal psychotherapists and psychologists. The day focused on the contribution of the arts to the treatment of depression and experiential work based on research findings.

Creative Therapies Conference

Creative Therapies Conference

25th October 2019, University of Salford Ailsa Parsons and Dr Linda Dubrow-Marshall, both members of the Arts for the Blues project, presented and delivered an experiential workshop at the first ever Creative Therapies Conference at Salford University. This full day event celebrated and explored how creativity can be used therapeutically through every age of life. Attendees included practitioners and academics from the fields of performing arts, psychology, psychotherapy including arts psychotherapies and health professionals.

BADth Annual Conference 2019

BADth Annual Conference 2019

British Association of Dramatherapists 6-8th September 2019, Chester The Arts for the Blues team presented this autumn at the annual BADth conference. The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) is the professional body for Dramatherapists in the United Kingdom. Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth. Please click here to…

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Journal Article Published

Journal Article Published

Arts for the blues – a new creative psychological therapy for depression British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 9th July 2019 The Arts for the Blues team have just had their second journal article published for this project. This paper presents an interdisciplinary synthesis of key active ingredients in psychological treatment for depression, from both talking therapies, and creative arts-based approaches. These findings led to the development of a framework for a new pluralistic ‘meta-approach’ therapy for depression. The article also features an example of…

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