Date of Award
Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)
The use of arts therapies in medicine has become a popular form of treatment in the United States. Arts therapies are a form of psychotherapy. Music therapy, art therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy and poetry therapy, are all considered forms of arts therapy. Although they have been used for decades in American medicine, they have experienced tremendous growth in the last twenty years. Once viewed by the general public as a fringe type of therapy, the arts therapies are now finding acceptance, and have become a therapy of choice by many medical patients each year. Medical patients who are choosing this form of therapy are finding that arts therapies can help them battle their disease on both a psychological and physical level and are thus perceived as humanizing healthcare. How mainstream these therapies will become remains to be seen as they are unable to be tested through conventional methods, and excluded from many medical insurance plans.
Copyright 2010 Shana Gammon
Gammon, Shana, "Integrating Arts Therapies into American Medicine" (2008). Master of Liberal Studies Research Papers. 10.