Applications are invited for a PhD studentship offered by the School of the Arts, English and Drama Loughborough University within the area of textile design. A new paradigm of arts and health not only offer service users an opportunity to access the most relevant activity to meet their needs but also requires that different professionals clearly differentiate their roles and acknowledge that different training and professional approaches within their field are valuable and a positive addition to their own training and professional stance.
Arts-Health Analysis: You critically evaluate ethos, theories, and evidence-bases for varying approaches to arts-health then write a journal article that articulates and comparatively evaluates your own arts-health praxis (Distinction/ Merit/ Pass/ Fail : 48 Contact Hours within 200 Study Hours).
Both professional and familial caregivers are faced with the realities of human suffering, illness, and mortality on a daily basis, and the arts offer caregivers an opportunity for self-expression, allowing each a safe place to understand their experiences and emotions.
Professional insecurity and competition for funding has led in some jurisdictions to difficult relationships between arts therapists and other arts practitioners in healthcare settings and it is hoped that the positive feedback received for this new paradigm indicates a growing confidence in the importance of the arts on health and well-being as well as less need for professional struggles to dominate the field.
Imploring us to share something of the spiritus mundi, Mike framed much of his presentation in David Byrne’s ‘slow dawning insight about creation,’ that ‘context is everything.’ Urging us to consider Bevan’s collective commitment to social habits and offering the best we can give to society, he subverted the context of health and safety from authoritative and risk-averse control, to caring for each other.