Creative Arts Telehealth
What Positive Shift Creative Arts Telehealth Does for Who and Why
This old go-fund me video explains the goals of Positive Shift and the programs that will develop when enrollment warrants it.
Currently, I offer Disability Coaching 1-1 and Group Disability Coaching Services.
As the business grows specialized groups will be added.
It is for anyone living with . . .
Novel Learning Style
Disability Coaching is to be used in addition to traditional therapy methods
Creative Arts Telehealth: Disability Coaching
This is a complementary health service kids and people living with or caring for someone or people whose lives are affected by Illness and Disability. I am the founder, Wesdyne Otto. I have a chronic illness and a disability. While completing my art therapy diploma, students would tell me that my disability and illness were due to "childhood trauma" and "unhealthy coping skills". Neither of which is helpful or uplifting. The message was if you change and adapt enough you can pass a normal one day. My brain is not "normal" or "typical". I created an accessible health service for people living disability and caregivers to explore the range of positive emotions through the arts. Being in touch with our positive emotions gives us the freedom to enjoy our life more.
Diversity is Universal
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There are many good and reasonable ways to get from here to there
Where Creative Arts Therapy is Used
Major Canadian hospitals offer Art Programs run by volunteers, like the Artists on the Ward programs at the UofA Hospital. Professional clown, art, and music therapists help kids at Toronto's SickKids Hospital. The Royal Conservatory's Art Rehab program works with 6 Ontario hospitals to include music as part of the patient's care plan. Dr. Lisa Meschino says, "For those patients receiving this arts intervention in addition to their rehabilitation activities, we expect to see a difference in the following primary measures: an increase in patients’ sense of hope, optimism and future purpose; an increase in patients’ engagement in their rehabilitation; and a decrease in their hospital length of stay". These programs demonstrate that Creative Arts provides health benefits.
Creative Arts and Art Therapy was used in England to help shell-shock soldiers. Creative Forces, a partnership with the US Military and the National Endowment for the Arts say, "We have seen how creative arts therapies have helped service members deal with trauma as part of an integrated care model. And when they return home, these interventions make a difference in people’s lives that medicine alone could not achieve". Living with a chronic illness and disability can be a battle. About 12-25% of people diagnosed with a chronic illness experience PTSD compared to 11-20% of Military veterans. PTSD makes healing and recovery more difficult.
Benefits of Creative Arts Telehealth
We use art, dance, music, and poetry to disrupt unhelpful emotional patterns, like worrying, racing thoughts, doubt with positive feelings. Mastery, Peace, Joy, Acceptance
Exploring positive feelings through the arts helps balance negative and positive emotions making daily life more enjoyable and easier. Pull back the curtains, open the window to let the delight in.
1) Foster Posttraumatic Growth - Some people, following a traumatic or a series of stressors in addition to typical stress disorder symptoms also positive growth in a few of 5 areas. Greater sense of self strength, appreciation of life, closer relationships, spiritual evolution, and new possibilities.
2) Temporary lowering of the frequency and intensity of pain, tremors, anxious thoughts, nervousness, and slugginess.
3) Nurture the bond between Parent and Child of any age. Enrich the connection between Spouses/Partners.
4) Balancing the shadows of life with the lightness of laughter, joy, and competency.
5) Have Fun!
Creative Arts Telehealth - Our Focus
Laughter through tears is my favourite emotion. Steel Magnolias
Life events can feel dark, lonely, and frightening. Other aspects of life are light, joyful, and freeing. We try control how much energy we spend in the shadows. Other times, the darkest night of the soul appears out of nowhere collapsing our spirit, or making our minds race at night.
Fear, Anger, Panic can feel more intense, bigger than our feelings of Bravery, Compassion, and Calm. We dismiss our enjoyable feelings as silly or 'a bit of fun'. The silly, absurd, and downright goofy balance the unpleasant and even miserable situations.
We practice playing. Letting our mind enjoy colours, moving to music, and being appreciated. Play turns down the mental and physical background noise. Play, enjoyment flood our emotional system and we find ourselves in deLight.
POSITIVE SHIFT CREATIVE ARTS TELEHEALTH SERVICES
Offices in Spring Lake and Edmonton, Alberta