Friday, July 11, 2008

Windsor Regional Children's Centre, Healing Arts Program Incorporates Creative Arts in Mental Health Program for Children and Families

I received news recently about the Windsor Regional Children's Centre Healing Arts Program.

The centre offers programs and services delivered by interdisciplinary teams that provide programs including in-school, in-home and on-site services. In addition to traditional family, parental and group therapy The Healing Arts Program also makes use of music, art, drawing and painting, drama, dance and creative movement approaches.

In March 2005, the Centre conducted a research study supported by the Ministry of Culture and Children's Mental Health Ontario which demonstrated the effectiveness of children's mental health interventions that made use of the arts specifically music, painting and dance.

The study concluded the arts did have a positive impact on children (self-esteem, self confidence improved, positive social interaction between children, children's independence increased) Some parents also expressed children were happier, less depressed, more spontaneous and listening skills improved.

Source: Windsor Regional Children's Centre

The Windsor Regional Children's Centre would like to announce that they are sponsoring a new event called "Jazz Up the Arts" to take place September 21, 2008 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m at the Centre. Professional jazz musicians will perform and there will be a silent auction and wine tasting...all to help support the Healing Arts Program.

If you would like to sponsor or donate to this event contact Lindy LeDuc-Wilson at