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Telehealth-based creative arts therapy: Transforming mental health and rehabilitation care for rural veterans
Levy CE, Spooner H, Lee JB, Sonke J, Myers K. Telehealth-based creative arts therapy: Transforming mental health and rehabilitation care for rural veterans. The Arts in psychotherapy. 2017 Sep 8; 57((2018)):20-26.
Arts programs are increasingly recognized for their ability to enhance healthcare and promote health
outcomes such as improved quality of life, increased motivation and reduced levels of depression and
anxiety. This manuscript describes a creative arts therapy practice known as the Rural Veterans TeleRehabilitation
Initiative Creative Arts Therapy (RVTRI CAT) Project that was established to improve access to
mental health care and rehabilitation for rural veterans. Entering its third year, the RVTRI CAT project has
adapted the creative arts therapies for delivery using Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT). Insights, considerations
and best practices are considered for art therapy and dance/movement therapy with implications
for future application in music, drama and poetry therapy. In conclusion, the RVTRI CAT program demonstrates
that creative arts therapy can successfully be adapted to CVT with some modifications by the
creative arts therapist.