A special facility for members of the armed forces has adopted art therapy into its Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment program.
The program is based at Adelaide’s Jamie Larcombe Centre, a veterans’ mental health precinct at Glenside, and run by South Australian organisation The Road Home.
Art therapy is a specialised psychotherapy where art making is an important part of the therapy process. The use of art in therapy began in Australia in the 1950s and since then has been used as a therapy practised by trained art therapists has increased in recent decades.
Art therapy has produced positive health outcomes for military veterans with PTSD in three significant areas. Firstly, as a means of expressing thoughts which could not previously be verbalised. Improving social relationships which reduce social detachment. Reducing re-experiencing, hyper-vigilance and emotional numbing. There were also notable reductions in anxiety and an ability to control intrusive thoughts.
The South Australian program is the only art therapy program in Australia for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Art therapy has been used successfully in PTSD treatment in America for several years.
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