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Transforming a Community: A Collaborative Group Art Therapy Mural

Samantha Stevenson

Abstract


This article describes the process of designing and creating a collaborative group art therapy mural with four separate art therapy groups in a geriatric inpatient psychiatric hospital setting.  Murals have multiple therapeutic benefits such as opening opportunities for discussion, building a sense of unity, enhancing the atmosphere of a facility or environment, and increasing self-esteem.  The therapeutic benefits of murals, description of the individuals, development of the concept, goals, and safety concerns will be addressed as they pertain to the geriatric population.  The reasoning behind the mural, the thought processes throughout the creation of the mural, and commentary will be discussed.


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mural, inpatient psychiatric setting, group art therapy, geriatric, community

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