NICoE Staff, NICoE
The NICoE hosted its first Art Therapy Student Studio June 19 to introduce art therapy to interested undergraduate students and medical residents of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC).
This four-hour workshop, led by Melissa Walker, art therapist and the NICoE Healing Arts Program coordinator, is a new outreach program geared toward the medical community to promote awareness of the impact art therapy has on service members.
The day began with a tour of the NICoE facility for the five attendees and ended in the art studio. Walker presented several case studies to demonstrate the impact of art therapy on patients and how it helps providers understand and care for veterans.
Each attendee participated in the mask-making experience that NICoE patients receive during their first week in the NICoE Intensive Outpatient Program, by painting a mask and then sharing what it meant to them. Walker ended the workshop with career advice and a question and answer period.
Capt. Walter Greenhalgh, director for the NICoE, visited with participants and emphasized the vital and integrated role art therapy has played for patients at the NICoE.
“It’s nice to think that I helped to light the fire in these students who are seeking more information in pursuing a career as an art therapist,” said Walker.
The next studio is being planned for December 2015 and will be limited to five to eight graduate students and medical staff from WRNMMC.
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