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Expressive Therapies

Expressive therapies employ forms of creative expression like art, music, and dance to help patients explore and treat both emotional and medical conditions.

Mindful Music

The Osher Center for Integrative Health at UC (via UC Health Integrative Medicine) is partnering with with Stacy Sims and TheWell to implement a Mindful Music program with support from the Harold G. Schott Foundation.  Mindful Music is currently offered at UC Health in the MS infusion suite, via the UC Health Associate Wellness program on the LINK, with plans to expand to UC Medical Center inpatient services in Fall 2020.

In early 2020, TheWell collaborated with UC Health's Integrative Medicine to bring Mindful Music to patients and caregivers in the infusion suite and waiting areas of the UC Health Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care world shifted to testing, preparedness and staff well-being. The Mindful Music program was able to pivot to provide virtual playlists for employee well-being. Instructions on how to access playlists, that soothe your mind, body and spirit with mindfulness and classical music, poetry and guided meditation, created especially for UC Health by The Well.World, in partnership with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and other arts organizations.

COM + CCM Course - Dementia and the Arts (FAM 3085 003)

'Dementia and the Arts' is a collaborative service learning course through the College-Conservatory of Music and College of Medicine open to all undergraduate or graduate students at UC. Under the supervision of Dr. Stefan Fiol (Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology), Dr. Rhonna Shatz (Associate Professor of Neurology), students with training in music and medicine will be paired and assigned to work with a person with a Neurogenerative Cognitive Disorder (NCD) and their caregiver.

In small groups of four or five, meeting weekly for one-hour at least ten times during the semester, students will practice applying arts-based therapeutic approaches to meet the individual needs of people with NCDs. Students develop skills in leadership, improvisation, active listening, and collaborative performance, all while learning about the special role of the arts in managing and improving the quality of life for individuals and families experiencing NCDs. Patient participants learn different strategies for using the arts in their everyday experience not only to strengthen memory but to increase functionality and improve quality of everyday living.  Students in the course will submit weekly reflections about their collaborations, charting their development and learning process. During Fall 2020, all meetings will be held virtually, and weekly meeting times will be determined based on participant schedules. 

DAAP Pre-Art Therapy Certificate

According to the American Art Therapy Association (2017) "Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship."

A certificate in Pre-Art Therapy seeks to achieve two primary goals:
(1) to increase students’ understanding and knowledge about the field of art therapy, and
(2) prepare students to apply to art therapy graduate programs since a graduate-level art therapy degree is required in order to practice art therapy professionally.

Learn more about the DAAP Pre-Art Therapy Certificate >>

Virtual MS Art Therapy Course

The Waddell Center in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Pre-Art Therapy program is excited to offer virtual MS Art Therapy.

The program brings people together through shared creative expression.   Using art to express ourselves is a powerful means of easing pain.  Join us and experience the benefits of creating.  Open to those with and without art experience.

2020-2021 Virtual MS Art Therapy Course Info >>

UC Health Art Therapy for Parkinson's

In collaboration with University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Pre-Art Therapy Program, the UC James J. and Joan A. Gardner Family Center for Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders offers Creativity in Motion, an art therapy group for people with a movement disorder. Art therapy is a creative process, which encourages people to express and understand emotions and cope with symptoms. No art experience is necessary.  The group meets from 11a.m.-12:30 pm, on the second and fourth Mondays of the month (September through December) at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute Outpatient Building, Multipurpose Room 1109, 1st Floor, 3113 Bellevue Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.  For more information, contact Michanne Davis, LISW-S at or 513-475-8792. Learn More >>

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