Creative Forces Clinical Research Summit

The Creative Forces Clinical Research Summit took place September 18-19, 2017 at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC. The event was an opportunity to gather world-renowned experts to discuss clinical approaches to creative arts therapies, culminating in a conversation about a research agenda for the next five years as part of the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. More information about the network, including videos, podcasts, and blog posts are in the Creative Forces web section

Summary Report from the Creative Forces Clinical Research Summit

See a brief summary of the summit by Adrienne M. Stamper for the American Art Therapy Association.

Creative Forces Research Studies:

Art therapy for PTSD and TBI: A senior active duty military service member’s therapeutic journey
This case study presents the therapeutic process through art therapy in the case of a senior active duty military service member (with chronic PTSD and TBI), in the context of an integrated model of care that included medical and complementary therapies.

Active-duty military service members’ visual representations of PTSD and TBI in masks
Active-duty military service members have a significant risk of sustaining physical and psychological trauma resulting in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Within an interdisciplinary treatment approach at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, service members participated in mask making during art therapy sessions. This study presents an analysis of the mask-making experiences of service members (n = 370) with persistent symptoms from combat-and mission-related TBI, PTSD, and other concurrent mood issues.