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The integration of art therapy into physical rehabilitation in a Saudi hospital

Authors
Journal
The Arts in Psychotherapy
0197-4556
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.aip.2009.07.001
Keywords
  • Art Therapy
  • Integration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical
  • Program
  • Medical
  • Case Summaries
  • Saudi Arabia
  • King Fahad Medical City
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract This paper describes the introduction of art therapy into Saudi Arabia. A brief history of art therapy in Saudi Arabia is outlined, focusing on the current approaches of art therapy practice in medical rehabilitation. King Fahad Medical City is highlighted as a pioneering healthcare institute that accepted art therapy as a medical profession by incorporating it into its rehabilitation procedures for its inpatient population. The paper discusses the factors that helped art therapy to integrate into the program at King Fahad Medical City, as well as four case summaries illustrating the author's experiences integrating art therapy into rehabilitation.

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