Category: Physical-Creative Therapies

Artefact Evaluation: Strength Through Storytelling

Artefact Evaluation: Strength Through Storytelling Timing: 30 minutes Mode: In class; Online Strength Through Story-telling   (poetry, spoken word, cartooning) Question Man is really Answer Man, and Shimrat’s story is about finding answers and wellbeing within the self.  In a poem, spoken word or single-frame cartoon, and using the following questions as guides, have students depict …

Components: Self-Guided

Components: Self-Guided Timing: 10 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Irit Shimrat’s short video illuminates both the extreme loss of self that is characteristic of emotional and mental crisis and the potential for personal resiliency in difficult circumstances. Educators and learners can use this component to explore patient-practitioner relationships and the potential for different approaches to healing. …

Artefact Evaluation: Expressing Ideas in Art

Artefact Evaluation: Expressing Ideas in Art Timing: 30 Minutes  Mode: In-Class; Online An art intervention can be an original piece of art or an interaction with art that has been created by another person.  Exploring course content through the production of artistic interventions allows students to process information in a multimodal fashion. Ask students to look …

Artefact Evaluation: Mobile as Metaphor

Artefact Evaluation: MoVay’s Way – Mobile as Metaphor Timing: 30 Minutes, flexible Mode: Online MoVay’s Way is an art intervention, a nuanced call for broader approaches to wellbeing that value the spiritual, the social, and the physical.  MoVay’s creator is focusing on the importance of balance, and this learning activity invites students to consider the …

Evaluate: Responding / Working Through

Artefact Evaluation: Mo-Vay’s Way – Responding and Working Through Timing: 15 minutes Mode: In-class; Online MoVay’s Way allows students to engage with complex ideas in an open and innovative way. Students can being by watching the puppet show. Free writing, in response to the puppet show, is a good way to motivate your students to …

Artefact Evaluation: Visualizing Colonialism

Evaluate: Ya’Ya Heit – Visualizing Colonialism Timing: 30 Minutes Mode: In-class; Online Ask your students to research the concept of distal determinants of health, using all or a portion of Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health or another document. Assign your students to small groups and provide each group with appropriate online or in-class …

Artefacts: Self-guided Learning

Artefacts: Self-guided Learning Timing: 15 minutes, flexible Mode: In class; Online Ya’Ya Heit makes a very clear connection between Indigenous experiences of mental health and wellbeing and the historical and contemporary context of colonialism.  Begin by having your students read the Learning Lens and Artefacts in Situ sections as background and examine Heit’s art and …

Question Man

Question Man Unit Takeaways Appreciate that patients may experience mental health services as oppressive and soul-destroying Understand the importance of practitioners working with patients to help reclaim strengths and strategies that were part of their identity before they experienced mental health difficulties Value voice, resiliency, resistance and experiential knowledge in supporting good mental health Artefact …

The Psychiatric Gaze

The Psychiatric Gaze Unit Takeaways Appreciate the negative impact of power imbalances and distance in the mental health system between those who provide and those who use services Understand the damage that can be done in the practitioner-patient relationship when patients are understood through their diagnoses rather than their skills and life experience Recognize the …