Digitising Creative Psychological Therapy: Arts for the Blues (A4B)

Fleur Farish-Edwards*, Ailsa Parsons, JENNIFER STARKEY, Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Scott Thurston, Joanna Omylinska-Thurston, Vicky Karkou

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Abstract

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a need to adapt and develop psychological interventions that address the mental health of those in need. As a result, Arts for the Blues (A4B), an evidence-based creative group psychotherapy model, originally developed for in-person delivery to address the needs of clients with depression, was transformed into a remote therapy option. This chapter presents an overview of plans and steps so far and offers activities used online during a public workshop with 24 participants and training sessions with 70 psychotherapists (qualified and trainee). Concerns around safety, group sizes, time, and guidance/support are discussed, while the value of online work for clients with depression (adults and children) are explored. It is concluded that even when in-person delivery is possible, online versions will be useful since they encourage a wider reach and make interventions more accessible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Innovations for Mental Health Support
EditorsJulie Prescott
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter1
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)1799879917
ISBN (Print)9781799879916
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2021

Keywords

  • GROUP CREATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
  • COVID-19 RESPONSE
  • KEY INGREDIENTS
  • DEPRESSION
  • ONLINE ADAPTATIONS
  • DIGITALLY ENABLED THERAPY
  • CREATIVE DIGITAL POSSIBILITIES
  • REMOTE THERAPY
  • EVIDENCE-BASES

Research Centres

  • Research Centre for Arts & Wellbeing

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