Expressive therapies employ forms of creative
expression like art, music, and dance to help patients explore and treat both emotional and medical conditions.
The UC Center for Integrative Health and Wellness (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.