Monday, April 30, 2007

What is Open Access?

“By open access......we mean
it's free availability on the public internet,
permitting any users to read, download,
copy, distribute, print, search, or link to
the full texts of these articles, crawl them
for indexing, pass them as data to software,
or use them for any other lawful
purpose, without financial, legal,
or technical barriers other than those
inseparable from gaining access to the internet
itself. The only constraint on reproduction
and distribution, and the only role for
copyright in this domain, should be to
give authors control over the integrity
of their work and the right to be properly
acknowledged and cited."
Budapest Open Access Initiative

Open Access journals are now part of the
revolutionary and historic changes currently
underway in academic publishing, with the
potential to offer world wide dissemination
to diverse, cross disciplinary and international
audiences on an unparalleled scale.
We believe this holds true for journals
in medicine and science and for progressive,
high quality and accessible electronic
journals in the humanities as well as those
in the creative arts, health,
training and education.

C. McLean, Publisher CCAHTE Journal
The interdisciplinary journal of the creative arts
in health, training and education.

News from Health Care Technology and Place CIHR Strategic Research and Training Program HCTP, University of Toronto

These are just a few of the arts/science and
creativity related events just
in from Sandra Knol,Healthcare, Technology
and Place, CIHR Strategic Research and Training Program (HCTP),
University of Toronto

1. in situ: art/body/medicine - 10th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival

2. The Creativity Conversation

in situ: art/body/medicine- 10th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival
Date: May 24 – 27, 2007
Location: Various activities presented across the University of Toronto

Festival Abstract: For the 10th Anniversary Festival, Subtle Technologies presents practitioners of arts, sciences and medicines, and those who study their context, historians, ethicists, and other critical thinkers to contemplate how these disciplines can work together and reshape perspectives on the body. As scientific and technological breakthroughs prominently occupy our culture, we ask where the boundaries are. We are interested in investigating how we relate bodies in situ: as parts, as a whole, as systems; how we identify, map, modify, protect, violate, and heal. Explore our diverse program which includes symposia, exhibitions, a workshop, and performances.
HCTP Mentors and Fellow Art Installations
Jack Butler (Mentor): Fatemaps: Would You Like To Know What Will Happen? and Genital Embryogenesis
Monir Moniruzzaman (Fellow): Rough Cut
David Theodore (Mentor), Curator: Children and Youth Picture SickKids Hospital Photo Exhibition
The Creativity Conversation
Date: June 11 – 12, 2007
Location: De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Abstract: Imagine a world where we could all work together, across disciplines, across conventional boundaries. Where the creative process could transfer from one person to the next, from one area to another, without impedance. Where tools existed that worked across fields and working methods. Where communication was easy because everyone talked the same language. Where we are more creative as a result. Is this possible? How can we make it possible? This is what we seek to explore with The Creativity Conversation (1), a two-day symposium exploring creativity. Source: The KMDiary Volume 8, Issue #4 (April 2007).
Info source:
HCTP Digest April 27, 2007.

Story in Healthcare, Drama, Narrative, Collage and Performance Methodologies Day Intensive

Reposting from April 10, 2007.

Integrating the Creative Arts in Healthcare

Drama, Narrative, Collage and Performance Methodologies in Health

Day Training Intensive

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sponsored by CCAHTE, Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal

Location: Windermere Manor (near University of Western Ontario), London

Max. 16 participants. There are still openings in this session.


Saturday, April 28, 2007

Share Your Voice. What do you think of the new blog?

So now that we've opened shop and begun
to post what do you think of the new CCAHTE
"Crossing Borders" blog? Content?
Information? Links? Overall look?

And while we're on the topic of feedback if you've
had a chance to download and review our
recent March 07 issue of the CCAHTE Journal
"Crossing Borders, Medicine, Arts and Education"
at what are your thoughts?

Do you find our articles helpful in your work in health,
training or education? Any feedback for our

Feel free to post or email your thoughts
We're listening.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Professional Dancer as Nurse Embarks on Scientific and Humanistic Inquiry

"It never occurred to me on concluding my career as a performer and teacher with The Toronto Dance Theatre that I would be able to integrate my experiences and skills as an artist into my life as a nurse. However, as a graduate student in nursing it is becoming increasingly evident that I have entered into an interstitial space that holds possibility and opportunities to rethink human embodiment."
We include a brief excerpt below from the paper "The Nurse's Foot: a Phenomenological Exploration" as published in CCAHTE Journal, March 2007, written by Coralee McLaren, BScN
"No longer separating the nurse from the dancer, I am embarking on a scientific and humanistic inquiry to reconceptualize how children with cerebral palsy experience their bodies and movement through space. In preparation for this challenge, I engage here in a concentrated phenomenological exercise that demands a presencing and attuning to my own physical world through the reuniting of my "old body" (F. Wynn, 2006) with the 'thing' that occupied my life as a professional modern dancer, the floor under my foot. What follows (in the paper) are my words and thoughts as I attempt to describe the reacquaintance of my nurse's foot with this 'thing', the floor. With the guidance of others who have undertaken similar experiments, I welcome the opportunity to return to an artistic sensibility that reveals my dancer/nurse body's need for repair and repose, and re-attunes me not only to how I experience my own physicality, but how I might appreciate the bodily experiences of others."
"...By composing a research study that integrates experiences in dance/choreography, pediatric neurosurgical nursing and qualitative phenomenological methods, I hope to extend the boundaries of existing knowledge about children with disabilities and possibly use this new knowledge to design clinical psychosocial, technological and place-based interventions to improve their quality of life and enhance their ways of being in the world."
Coralee McLaren, BScN
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
from: "The Nurse's Foot: A Phenomenological Exploration"
published in CCAHTE, The Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal
March 2007 issue.
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
CCAHTE subscribers can access complete March issue and the full article free at
Subscribe free with an email to "please subscribe"

Humanities Days Celebrating the Human Face of Medicine

Narrative, Music, Visual Arts,
History and Spirituality
An International Conference
on Humanities in Medicine

May 17-20, 2007, Halifax NS
organized by the Dalhousie University
(Humanities in Medicine Program)
in association with Stanford University
(Arts, Humanities & Medicine),
and the University of Alberta
(Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine Program)
This event offers an opportunity to share and celebrate
the arts and humanities in fostering a culture of balance
in the education and life of those who practice medicine.
This 3-day gathering will explore the contributions of
the humanities as a means of enhancing understanding
the human condition. Five core areas are covered in
the conference program: narrative, music, visual arts,
history, and spirituality. The program includes symposia,
panel discussions, art exhibits, film, drama, music, and more.

Humanities Days

Music in Medicine

New Links in Education, Health, Humanities

Our CCAHTE subscriber network includes cross disciplinary
representation from universities and other organizations in
North America and internationally actively involved in arts
informed research,medical humanities, aging research and many
other fields. I thought periodically I would share some of
these links with you which might help foster your own
new links and connections in the creative arts, health,
training and education.

Today's links:

OISE Ontario Institute of Studies in Education,
Centre for Arts Informed Research

Centre for Ethics, Humanities, Palliative Care
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

Dalhousie University Humanities in Medicine Program
Faculty of Medicine, Dalhouse University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine Program
University of Alberta, Edmonton

Institute of Medical Humanism
Centre for Communication in Medicine
Bennington, Vermont

Boston University School of Public Health,
Dept. of Health Law Bioethics and Human Rights

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Posts, Email and More Open Access News

We have had a few people report that they have had some
trouble posting at the CCAHTE "Crossing Borders" blog.
Blog posts can also be sent by email to
Send email subject line: "Crossing Borders" post.

Peter Suber, Policy Strategist for open access to scientific
and scholarly research literature and a Senior Researcher at
SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources
Coalition) has kindly provided some very helpful links for those
interested in learning more about Open Access publishing and The
Open Access publishing movement.
See our "Crossing Borders" links section.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Poetry About Memory, Dementia and Search for Identity, Post from Laurie Block

"The poem, Coming to My Senses, came to me, uncharacteristically, complete and nearly finished during a walk along the banks of the Seine River in Old Saint Boniface, the Franco Manitobain quarter of Winnipeg. It struck me as a "keystone" poem; one upon which the integrity of the entire manuscript depended. I knew immediately that it was either the introductory piece, or as it turned out, the final poem in Time Out Of Mind, a collection that explores memory, dementia and the search for healing and identity."Coming to My Senses stands not as an end but a new beginning, the first steps on the path of a transformation in consciousness. Memory and the sense of self depend on our capacity to honour, preserve and amplify the web of relationships that hold our lives intact. Without memory our connections, to self and to other; to the planet and to our gods, become unsustainable. In turning and returning to our senses we become able to express, kindle and experience love from the moment of birth to our final breath.It was an honour to have "Coming To My Senses" reprinted for a wider audience in the September 2006 edition of the CCAHTE Journal. Now I am thrilled to have my book recognized by my peers in the poetry circle. I'll let you know the results as soon as they are in."

More Info about "Time Out of Mind" and Laurie Block
photo C. McLean

Read poem "Coming to my Senses" in free September 06 Issue CCAHTE
"The Poetry of Practice"
at archived issues.

Guest Post Sunday April 29, 2007
Laurie Block

Good news. I have been shortlisted for two prizes at the Manitoba
Writing and Publishing Awards annual do. It was an honour to be
considered for the McNally Robinson book of the year and
an absolute thrill to win the inaugural Landsdowne Poetry Prize.

My cup is full.Laurie

Bravo, Laurie! Great to hear this news and congratulations,

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Poems of Middle Age, Mourning, Loss and Dementia

Laurie Block is a poet, playwright, professional storyteller and seasoned performer.

He was born in Winnipeg and lives in Brandon Manitoba. We were pleased to feature Laurie's poem "Coming to my Senses" in our September 06 issue of the CCAHTE Journal.

In the foreword to Laurie's moving, honest and luminous collection of poems,"Time out of Mind" he inscribes the last coherent words his mother said to him,
"I used to be quite fond of you." Shortly after that.. she lost what remained of her senses and sank into the vegetative state in which she spent her last years. Many of these poems are rooted in disorientation, displacement and loss of equilibrium, the friction between what happens outside the skin and what may be taking place on the inside. Laurie Block suggests we value consciousness as somehow more concrete, enduring and linked to assumptions about identity than our bodies. He therefore asks the question. Is the self first a face or a soul?

We are pleased to announce "Time Out of Mind" has recently been shortlisted for The McNally
Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and the Inaugural Landsdowne Poetry Prize.
You will find Laurie Block's complete poem, "Coming to My Senses"
in your free September archived issue of CCAHTE Journal at
This valuable issue also contains information and full articles about "The Poetry of Practice"
and using poetry in Medical Education. Register free for CCAHTE Journal at with an email "please subscribe".

Be sure to join Laurie Block and hear more about the stories of his poetry and his work in an upcoming post. We look forward to welcoming Laurie Block to our CCAHTE Blog Crossing Borders as this week's featured artist "in conversation".

CCAHTE Supports Open Access Model New Canadian Open Access Journal Launched Congrats to Open Medicine

New open-access medical journal to be launched
Updated Wed. Apr. 18 2007 7:44 AM ET
Canadian Press

TORONTO -- A new Canadian open-access medical journal is about to be born.
Open Medicine, to be officially launched Wednesday, was conceived in the bitter aftermath of the February 2006 firing of the editor and deputy editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The publication's business model differs greatly from standard medical journals. It will be available online only, will have no subscription fees, and no corporate or medical association ownership. It won't accept advertisements for medical devices and drugs -- the major advertisers in traditional journals. And in the first year at least, it won't charge authors the publication fees on which other open-access journals rely.
That all adds up to a modest, at best, potential revenue stream. Co-editor Dr. Anita Palepu admitted Tuesday that the word "utopian'' has come up when she talks about the project with her husband. She insisted, however, that the Open Medicine team is committed to producing a high quality, independent journal that is available to anyone who wants to read it, a journal that can't run afoul of the interests of corporate owners or the politics of an organization like the Canadian Medical Association.
"It has been hard work. But as the launch is approaching, our commitment is actually expanding. We're not feeling like it's waning,'' said Palepu, who was one of a number of former CMAJ editors and editorial board members to resign in protest over the firing of Dr. John Hoey and Anne Marie Todkill.
"We're passionate about this. I'm not sure how far passion will take us, but I just have this sense that we're on the cusp of this broader social movement about the whole open-access initiative and about accountability. I think people are sick and tired of having everything messaged for a political gain.''
Many of the people who had made the CMAJ one of the world's top five general medical journals, including Hoey and Todkill, are involved in Open Medicine.
The reason for the firings was never made public. The two editors were bound by a confidentiality agreement they'd been required to sign and the CMA said it too was constrained from revealing the reason for the dismissals.
But it was widely known Hoey and his team had had a series of run-ins with the holding company that published the journal for the CMA, including over a news article that was critical of the way pharmacists were selling the emergency contraceptive drug Plan B.
The CMA has since agreed to maintain a hands-off approach to the CMAJ. But a former editorial board member who is now on the board of Open Medicine said the history of interference at the CMAJ is one of the reasons why Canada needs another medical journal.
"I think that the reality is society and the medical community are better served by having an alternative independent medical journal in Canada to ensure that in fact stories such as last year's emergency contraceptive story don't get suppressed and that there is an alternative for those to get published and not to be influenced by political agendas of medical societies,'' said Dr. P.J. Devereaux, a researcher based at McMaster University in Hamilton."
Devereaux is also a co-author of one of the first articles to be published in Open Medicine, a value-for-money comparison of the Canadian and American health-care systems. The study, actually a review compiling the results of a number of different studies, found the level of care in Canada was comparable but cost half as much as U.S. care. The new editor of the CMAJ, Dr. Paul Hebert, wished the new publication well on Tuesday -- but demurred when asked if CMAJ was worried about having competition. "I don't consider Open Medicine our competition yet. It may be in five years but my competition is BMJ (the British Medical Journal) and Annals (of Internal Medicine) -- at that level,'' Hebert said from Ottawa.
"Launching a new journal is a huge, huge endeavour. And it takes funds, it takes commitment, full-time faculty and a lot of resources. And it will just be interesting to see how they make all that work. It's just not a small task.''
Most traditional medical journals only make their material available to subscribers, or for a per-item reprint fee -- and both types of fees can be steep. Proponents of open-access journals argue that is a barrier to the dissemination of science, much of which is generated using public funding.
These journals underwrite their costs by charging authors a publication fee which is often covered by research grants. That doesn't mean, though, that authors can simply buy their way to publication. Open-access journals rigorously vet the articles submitted to them, in the same way traditional journals do.Open Medicine will sell advertising, focusing on businesses that might want to sell services to doctors rather than businesses that want to influence the way doctors prescribe drugs or practise medicine.
It is registered as a not-for-profit enterprise and is seeking charitable status. It also hopes to follow in the footsteps of the best known of the open-access journals, the Public Library of Science journals, which were started with a US$9 million endowment.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Creative Approaches in Social Work Training

I had an opportunity to work and
study as an actor with Muriel Gold Ph.D.
in projects for two years (Stanislavski,
naturalistic approaches). Formerly the
Artistic Director of the Saidye Bronfman
Centre Theatre in Montreal, Muriel has
used drama approaches with adolescent
female survivors of sexual
abuse as well as conducting workshops with
acting teachers and social workers and family therapy
trainees. "Therapy through Drama: The Fictional Family" is a helpful
resource for those with an interest in applying progressive drama
methods in Social Work training. The step-by-step techniques take
readers through the process of developing and investigating
historical background,scene sequences, self exploratory
exercises, fictional character objectives, obstacles and dramatic
conflict scenes. This can be illuminating preparatory work for those
who want to gain an embodied understanding of both self and
client while learning new skills helpful in therapy and group work.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Integrating the Creative Arts in Healthcare, Drama, Narrative, Collage and Performance Methodologies in Health

CCAHTE Sponsors Day Training Intensive

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Windermere Manor, London, Ontario
Ideally located adjacent to The University of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre University Campus, and only minutes from St. Joseph's Health Care, London

Integrating the Creative Arts in Healthcare

Drama, Narrative, Collage and Performance Methodologies in Health
For educators, health professionals, nurses, physicians,
mental health professionals, counsellors,
those working in aging and health, social services
and others interested in the creative arts in health, training and education

The successful day training intensive series "Integrating the Creative Arts in Healthcare" Drama, Narrative, Collage and Performance Methodologies in Health" (Introductory) sponsored by CCAHTE, Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education, will be held again at The Windermere Manor, London, Ontario on Saturday October 20. Using drama and expressive methods as well as writing, collage and narrative approaches professionals have an opportunity to participate in an experiential group process while communicating stories through therapeutic drama, collage, narrative and group performances.

The day training session introduces expressive methods which can be effectively integrated into the healthcare setting as well as being helpful in field study ("Performing the Field") while also offering professionals a deeply creative opportunity for group self expression and regeneration.

Facilitator: Cheryl McLean M.A., Educator, Therapist, Dramatist,
Publisher, Editor CCAHTE Journal

Pre-registration is currently underway until Sept. l.

Pre-registration fee $120, after Sept. l $135


For Information about Windermere Manor, London