This paper reports on a residential creative-arts program for wounded, injured and ill Australian Defence Force personnel. The program aims to assist in recovery, build resilience, and help participants forge an identity beyond their ill or injured status, to assist with either reintegration into the military or transition into civilian life. The paper describes the practical and creative elements of the program, which is run by a multidisciplinary team, but where creative mentorship is provided by creative professionals rather than by art therapists. The authors discuss the benefits and challenges of using artist educators, and of allowing participants to choose whether they wish to work with material related to their injury or illness or with more neutral content, as well as the implications for other arts-based research with military groups.
|Number of pages
|Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art Therapy
|Published - 3 Mar 2020