"Three case studies of veterans are presented who received either art therapy, dance/movement therapy or music therapy via in-home, synchronous clinical video telehealth through a VA medical center in the southeastern United States. As the use of distance technology becomes more widely implemented within healthcare, it becomes increasingly important for providers to receive adequate training and develop comfort and confidence in adapting their practices to distance delivery. Case studies are one way for creative arts therapists to conceptualize and demonstrate how their in-person practices can be adapted for distance delivery via telehealth."
"Telehealth provides psychotherapeutic interventions and psychoeducation for remote populations with limited access to in-person behavioural health and/or rehabilitation treatment. The United States Department of Défense and the Veterans Health Administration use telehealth to deliver primary care, medication management, and services including physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies for service members, veterans, and eligible dependents. While creative arts therapies are included in telehealth programming, the existing evidence base focuses on art therapy and dance/movement therapy, with a paucity of information on music therapy."
In 2020, COVID quickly changed the landscape of arts programming. Workshops, performances, and classes took place on screen rather than in person. As we navigate a new arts engagement landscape, it’s important to reflect on what this experience taught us and how it can inform our path forward.
Between 2018 and 2021, Creative Forces supported Community Connections Projects (CCPs) to explore the impact of community-based arts activities for military-connected populations, including service members, veterans, families, and caregivers. Creative Forces brought the CCPs together over Zoom to reflect on their experiences delivering programming during COVID and how they are moving forward in a post-quarantine COVID world. This document outlines the five key lessons they shared.