Saturday, September 8, 2012

Arts in Health Book Call for Abstracts

The International Journal of

The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP

New Call for Abstracts for upcoming book….

“Creative Arts in Humane Medicine”

Publisher: Brush Education, Calgary

Editor: Cheryl L. McLean

Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will be a contemporary educational textbook, a practice oriented collection which presents stories and illustrative examples demonstrating how the creative arts can be used in multiple ways in health professional education and practice.

This new arts in health book follows the success of the CAIP, Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice Series, “Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change” and “Creative Arts in Community and Cultural Change”, edited by Cheryl McLean, Publisher of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and Dr. Robert Kelly, Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary, published by Detselig Temeron Press, 2010, 2011. Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” is a project of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and will be published by Brush Education, Calgary. The book is scheduled for release in 2013 and will be available in both hard copy and ebook formats.

About the Book

Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will be a much needed educational resource in contemporary health and education, a compelling and informative textbook for medical educators, physicians, nurse and health professional educators and their students as well as for those engaged as educators in the Medical Humanities, in Public Health, Health Promotion, Social Work and the Social Services and for others interesting in the burgeoning field of arts and health.

As its title suggests, thematically we are especially interested in how the creative arts are used in many forms to help foster humane medicine and to “humanize” healthcare.

We will be featuring compelling articles about the story of the work in action, contributions that move beyond simple descriptions of arts in health programmes. We want to know, what is the story of this work, the narrative behind the reasoning for using this approach? Was there a particular challenge or need that the work was addressing? What was the intended goal of the programme? What were the results? Although this is not a formal research collection per se, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a university level textbook which will be used widely by health educators. The methods and approaches presented should be described within a theoretical and contextual framework, citing available source references and research when possible or referring to other studies supporting this approach. Once the approach is adequately described there will be an “action” component to each contribution with some focus on how the approach might work experientially in practice with suggested exercises, and how to’s for other educators and professionals to help integrate the approach into educational sessions, workshops etc.

In terms of the shape of the book itself, the topics below are a general guide only. Please do not feel restricted by this list. We are open to considering other creative topic suggestions that deal with arts in humane medicine and healthcare.

Here are some important areas which have been identified as most relevant to medical educators and those active in healthcare education and practice:


Arts methods which provide creative opportunities for respectful and open human communication between and among healthcare professionals as well as between practitioners and patients, families etc. (moving beyond simple role plays commonly seen in medicine, how can the arts create dynamic opportunities to increase embodied experience and open the way for critical discussion and potential changes in practice and policy?)

Arts enhancing observational skills, fostering empathy (examples visual art, fabric art, drama, collage etc.)


the use of the arts in varied forms to teach about the importance of ethical decision making and challenges (narrative, poetry, drama/other)

Story and Narrative

How story and narrative can be use effectively in medical education and in healthcare

Methods that help provide opportunities for expression/feelings/experience (narratives and personal stories from caregivers and patients, examples)

Creative Arts Therapies

Arts in Helping to Address Pain and Suffering, Stories of therapeutic modalities in action and practice in healing and healthcare

Humanizing Space: Creative Arts and Applications of Design and Technology in Health

Arts in innovative design and architecture, how design contributes to wellness and a healing environment, New ways technology can be used creatively to enhance health education and/or practice (example digital story)

Practitioner Self Care

Burn out, mental health issues, life balance, time management, stress reduction (mindfulness and meditation etc.)

Creative Arts in Aging and Health

Creative arts methods applied in aging and health for caregivers and older persons

How the creative arts can be helpful for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals in work in death and dying and in palliative care as health professionals and families cope daily with the human realities of death, loss and grief

Multi cultural Perspectives

How other cultures use the creative arts in innovative ways in education and healthcare, aging and health etc.


How the art of comedy and humour can play a critical role in humanizing medicine/healthcare for caregiver and patients alike.

Instructions for Submitting Abstracts:

We are welcoming abstracts from educators, physicians, nurses, mental health educators and therapists and other health professionals as well as from artists and individuals with compelling stories to tell who have had personal experiences with arts and health.

Please send abstract only (max. 200 wds.) by email to as a Word email attachment, “abstract CAHM” in the subject line, before October 15, 2012 deadline. Double space. Please be sure to include your name, affiliations and contact information, email address.

Those selected will be asked to send full papers (max. 6,500 wds.) by December 15, 2012.

All contributors whose full papers are published will receive thank you copies of the book upon publication.

Kindly circulate, thank you.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

100 Thousand Poets for Change in a City Near You

Poets converging for change Sept. 29 in a city near you. Moving communities to action.

London's happening.... Sept. 29 Landon Library, London Ont.