Ho et al. Teaching Group Drumming To Mental Health Professionals

literature type:

journal article


Ping Ho, Kazue K. Chinen, Leanne Streja, Mary Jo Kreitzer, and Victor Sierpina. Explore: Innovations in Integrative Healthcare Education. 2011; Vol. 7, No. 3: pp 200-202.


The author John Updike is quoted as saying “What art offers is space—a certain breathing room for the spirit.” Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing recognition of the healing and restorative power of the arts. Music, art, poetry, and movement therapy are commonly being introduced into healthcare settings. An organization, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (www.sah.org), has been formed to demonstrate the valuable role that the arts can play in enhancing the healing process. The Society also provides resources and education to healthcare and arts professionals and encourages and supports research on the beneficial effects of the arts in healthcare. In the column this month, Ping Ho and her colleagues describe an innovative program at UCLA where drumming was taught to mental health professionals who, in turn, were encouraged to bring drumming to public school classrooms in underserved areas. The evidence described below suggests that the mental health professionals were receptive to education and roughly a third of those who went through the training, in turn, offered a program to clients in the school.



arts categories:


population(s) served: