Bringing Drum-Based Art Therapy to Veterans Virtually
Art Therapy has recently seen a surge of interest throughout the health-care community. At it’s core we’re reminded of what we already knew: Expressing yourself through art makes you feel better and helps you release emotions that you might struggle with otherwise.
Warrior Beat and the Chillicothe Veterans Affair Medical Center (VMCA) have teamed up to create an art therapy program that centers around facilitated group drumming. Included as part of the Whole Health initiative, group drumming allows veterans suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and other mental and physical disabilities, to find a release for their emotion and physical challenges.
Therapeutic drumming is bolstered by a multitude of scientific studies that focus on things such as reintegration, entrainment, alleviation from symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other physical therapy benefits as well.
The Veterans Drum From Home program is an online, live streamed, program that allows veterans to participate from the comfort of their homes. This approach is beneficial twofold: It’s been effective during the ongoing pandemic as well as allowing veterans who are unable to leave the confines of their home for any other reason a chance to participate.
If you are a health-care provider interested in this program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.