Conemaugh Health System’s Arts for Healing program, funded through the Conemaugh Health Foundation, offers an outlet for patients suffering from various illnesses including the effects of stroke, emotional problems and neurological disorders such as Post Polio Syndrome, Parkinson’s or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Inspired by the Conemaugh program, Mount Aloysius College Associate Professor Dr. Donald Talbot has created a course in his Visual Arts program to educate his students on the health benefits of artistic expression.
The Expressive Arts for Healing collegiate course was offered for the first time this spring and included a clinical experience as students visited the Conemaugh Arts for Healing class. Students paired up with Arts for Healing participants and worked on art creations.
“I wanted to create a course offering art techniques that would be appropriate for individuals in medical majors, but also to expand awareness to students in other majors to support this type of healing,” says Dr. Talbot. “I was truly impressed with the Conemaugh Arts for Healing program several years ago. It’s extremely valuable work.”
The patient benefits from this program are substantial. “Universally, patients talk about pain reduction, or not being as aware of their pain, while involved with arts. They feel better from the interaction with the process,” explains Talbot. “Expression through art enhances their ability to cope with emotional and psychological obstacles associated with illness.”
The Conemaugh Arts for Healing program began in 2004 and has helped dozens with difficult medical diagnosis through artistic therapy, comfort and support from other class participants. “The patients are so proud of their work,” says Barbara Duryea, Director Research and Development, John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute. “This program is truly significant and impactful for our patients.”
For more information about Conemaugh Arts for Healing, call (814) 269-5241.
About the Conemaugh Health Foundation
The Conemaugh Health Foundation (CHF) is a nonprofit, qualified charitable organization responsible for raising funds to support the programs and services of the Conemaugh Health System and its members. Individuals and businesses, who embrace the mission of the Conemaugh Health Foundation, respond to fulfill unmet community needs especially among at-risk children, the elderly and underserved.
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