CASPER, Wyoming (Wyoming News Now) – Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, Art 321 will host a two-day workshop in partnership with the Mercer Family Resource Center and the Wyoming Department of Health’s Intentional Injury Prevention Program.
The event is part of an ongoing Art 321 effort to support healthcare workers through art. During this workshop, the focus is on how artists and organizations can create programs for healthcare workers.
“This is part of our ongoing work to see more growth and investment in artistic programming that directly influences health. It could mean anything from relief spaces where community members can come and participate in art because it’s a healthy activity, to clinical interventions like music therapy. This program is truly a response to provider burnout that was occurring in the medical field in general, ”said Tyler Cesor, Executive Director of Art 321.
On the first day of the workshop, presenters from the Mercer Family Resource Center will provide training and certification in mental health first aid. The course will teach how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and addiction issues. Participants will learn to identify several types of professional and self-help resources for people with mental illness or addiction.
Board-Certified Music Therapist Hilary Camino will explain how to use the art that helps deal with emotional stress and trauma on day two. Participants will be introduced to different types of health arts programs, ethical considerations and artistic activities. Cesor and Camino will guide participants through a planning process to identify opportunities for artistic programs.
The workshop aims to prepare artists and arts organizations to provide programs for healthcare workers in the future.
“After this training, we hope to see a few of these artists and groups start to create programs in their home communities … So it’s kind of like part one, let’s get the information and then see what these artists can come up with and how we can come into the fold of our public health providers, ”Cesor said.
The workshop is open to Wyoming artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. Tickets are free and can be found online. The training is available face-to-face or online.
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