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Creative Arts Therapies

Creative Arts Therapies are an integral part of the treatment process at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE). Watch the videos below to learn more about art therapy, music therapy and dance therapy.

Art Therapy

Art therapists are master’s-level behavioral health professionals who are trained to use art as a vehicle for non-verbal thoughts, emotions, and experiences. At the NICoE, service members have freedom of self-expression and use a wide range of media such as painting, sculpting, drawing, wood-burning, collaging, and creative writing. Trauma survivors struggle to put their experience into words, and art therapy can enable them to find their voice. By working with imagery, the emotional brain, and the physical body, art therapy helps to integrate and restore a sense of control over these painful memories.

Music Therapy

Music therapy is the clinical use of music-based interventions to accomplish therapeutic and rehabilitative goals which extend to skills, behaviors, and relationships beyond the musical context. The NICoE program offers service members various opportunities for exploring connections with themselves and with others through the music they listen to or create. Songs can be a meaningful space for processing a traumatic memory or sensory experience, and playing an instrument may provide engaging ways to exercise the post-injury brain.

Dance and Movement Therapy

Dance and Movement Therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive, and physical parts of a person in order to improve health and well-being. This brings the body into the treatment process to address behavioral health and rehabilitative goals.

Last Updated: May 12, 2022
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