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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

At A Glance: Creative Studies For The Caring Profession

Creative Studies for the Caring Profession is an excellent resource tool for professionals and students alike. Published in 2010 by Gill & MacMillan, Denise Lyons, editor and contributor, brought several academic professionals together from around the Republic of Ireland in order to create this unique academic textbook. Both Jennifer and I were approached to contribute two distinct chapters. (see below) I taught for four years at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown in the department of humanities (and occassionally business). Courses I taught on included Applied Social Studies in Social Care (known in Quebec, Canada as Special Care Counselling) and Social & Community Development. I have also worked in the area of social care (special care) counselling for a variety of institutions in both Canada and Ireland. Jennifer has also worked extensively in the field of education and taught children with learning and reading difficulties. I thought I would take this opportunity to list the various sections and chapters available in the book, including our own. You never know, it may prove useful to teachers seeking to change things up in their classrooms or perhaps as a student you are looking for ideas on how to improve your future stage or work experiences!

Section I: Theory Underpinning Creative Practice

  • Introduction to Creative Studies for the Caring Profession - Denise Lyons
  • Creative Group Facilitation - Paul Timoney
  • The Benefits of Using Creative Art - Denise MacGiollari
  • Children's Art - Meanings, Methods & Maturity - Denise Lyons
  • Dance in the Caring Profession - Dr. Sharon Phelan
  • The Drama Workshop: Towards A Change in Understanding - Kate McCarthy
  • The Role and Value of Drama-in-Education for Students in the Caring Profession - Maria Kenneally
  • Play is Drama and Drama is Play - Sue Callaghan
  • The Therapeutic Benefits of Storytelling for Children - Jennifer A. Fawcett
  • Music, Emotion and Self: "Sharing the Beat and Singing The Journey" - Padraigin Cesar

Section II: Creativity in Practice

  • To Play or Not to Play? Play in Residential Care - Mario R.J. Corbin
  • Creativity in Early Childhood: An Introduction from a Parents Perspective - Una O'Grady
  • Working With Siblings of Children With Special Needs - Lucy Hyland, Shiela Kissane, Joanne Seymour
  • The Importance of Creativity for Young People from Disadvantaged Backgrounds: Bradog Regional Youth Service - Pauline Brennan
  • Aspergers Syndrome and Social Skills Education Through Creative Drama - Carmel O'Sullivan, Una McNulty, Lesley Conroy, Anthony Walsh, and Des McKernan
  • The Creative Arts in Services to People with a Physical Disability - Sinead Foskin and Fiona McSweeney
  • Finding the Balance: Drama and Mental Health - Gerry Morgan

Section III: Example Activities

  • Kites and Planes - Kieran Blunt
  • Mini Carnival Time - Kerri Byrne
  • Beautiful Bodies - Rebecca Byrne
  • Recycle Runway - Jennifer Carberry
  • Getting to Know You - Gary Coleman
  • Bowling With Bottles - Mary-Jane Crowe
  • Islands - David Cullivan
  • Cats and Dogs - Lynn Daly
  • Find Your Path - Leanne Fagan
  • Blind Snowballs - Lisa Fennelly
  • Trust in Me - Eabha Geraghty
  • Human Connect 4 - Jennifer Higgins
  • Paper bag Ballet - Rachel Horan
  • Music, Memory and Reflection - Terry Jones
  • Animal Squeeze - Dierdra Jordan
  • Exploring Status - Kate McCarthy
  • Memory Lockets - Karl McLoughlin
  • The Guess Who? Game - Elaine McNamara
  • Words, Feelings and Stuff - Daire Ni Bhraoi
  • Balls and Buckets - Paula Noyes
  • Goggle Gaze - Naomi O'Donnell
  • Sharing a Rainbow - Mark O'Sullivan
  • Hands On - Susan Parkes
  • Our Story - Niamh Sludds
  • What's the length of a Piece of String? - Emma Smith
  • Let's Go Fishing! - Nimah Steele
  • Musical Cards - Mariora Stoica
  • Shortest Straw - Aideen Tierney

Available via Amazon
Book Reviews

"Finally a useful guide for creative arts in social care! This edited volume is a very welcome addition to the use of creative arts in social care and any of the helping professions. The contributors all have years of experience and a sensitivity to the need for using creativity for therapeutic and rehabilitative purposes, while not attempting to let these activities masquerade as a psychotherapy. This is a great textbook for anyone wanting to inject some creativity into the direct care of elders, children, the disabled or many other populations." 

"... I liked the issues raised on game consoles and rewards in residential units, I thought it was honest and smart and in general enjoyed reading that chapter which was insightful and sensitively written by Mario R.J. Corbin. I also really enjoyed the chapter b Lucy Hyland, Sheila Kissane and Joanne Seymour on sibshops which was insightful, reflective and practical. This was also true of the excellent chapter by Gerry Morgan on drama in mental health settings."

1 comment:

  1. it is the nice book and is very useful for the art study
    thank you.