National Geographic Article Mirrors Local Healing-Arts Event at CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos
Guest Editorial By Dr. Colleen Moss
It is exciting to see that the value of healing arts is being recognized! The article in this month’s National Geographic, titled “The Invisible War on the Brain”, illustrates this beautifully. This article describes a program instituted at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (part of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center).
In this program, art therapists work with service members to create masks that represent the often-invisible physical and emotional traumas that they have experienced as a result of blast injuries.
The images of the masks that the service members created are powerful, as are the testimonies of those who participated in the program. Coincidentally, we are launching two healing-through-art type programs right now in the San Diego area that mirror the message of healing through arts in this great article.
The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is partnering with the marines at Camp Pendleton in San Diego to train facilitators in the skills of healing through art. That program is not open to the public yet but we’ll keep you informed on how it progresses.
Our first step is to train local facilitators in the skills necessary to use art as a healing tool. The second step will be to bring in actual military participants for these facilitators to work with. [Read more…]