Community Music Therapy

Five past and present participants from the Centre for the Arts in Human Development who demonstrated a special affinity for musical performance were invited to develop a “musical road show” that was performed for a number of community based audiences in the summer of 2009. An evaluation of the impact on audience perspectives toward the performers was integrated into the project.

Creative Arts Apprenticeship Program

Adolescents from Montreal-area alternative schools were integrated into the Centre for the Arts in Human Development’s musical production process as assistants to the Centre’s participants in 2000, 2002 and 2004. This experience resulted in the development of a meaningful rapport between the adolescents and the Centre’s participants, and improved self-esteem for the adolescents.

Creative Arts Therapies for Persons with Psychiatric Diagnoses

Over a two year period (2001-2002 & 2003-2004), the Centre staff and interns offered creative arts therapies to individuals with a psychiatric diagnosis, who were referred by the Douglas Hospital Outpatient Services and other community-based programs. In conjunction with the therapy, research was conducted on the efficacy of this approach with this population. Our research showed individuals participating in these therapies felt it was a positive experience that provided new motivation and interaction with others.

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