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High praises for arts therapies team hosting international placements

27 January 2017

A CNWL Arts therapy team has come in for high praises after training a group of nurses from Hong Kong.

Mario Eugster, Music Therapist and Interim Consultant Arts Therapist, together with his team from the North West Arts Therapies ran a four week International psychiatric placement for the visiting nursing staff.  Our visitors are redesigning their mental health services and wanted to learn about new therapeutic approaches in mental health, particularly arts therapies, and the mentalization approach and recovery model.

Our team, including the Recovery College, Brent Early Intervention Service team, staff at Park Royal and the Single Point of Access (SPA) contributed to the placement. It involved the shadowing of arts therapies, community services (EIS), workshops and tailored training modules with an arts therapist (including a range of research and clinical papers), case study presentations (music therapy), attending Recovery College courses, and shadowing management meetings and the SPA to learn about the development of service structures.

A representative of our visitors wrote, “The nurses expressed their gratitude to have this training at CNWL as they have learnt a lot from your excellent professional health care team. Please kindly accept my heartfelt thanks to you and your health care team on the support to our program!”

On evaluating the training programme, here’s some of the feedback they submitted:

“The training program was well structured and organised which enriched their knowledge of recovery-oriented practice and stimulated them for developing recovery college in Hong Kong in the future.

“They are thankful for the program arrangement so that they have visited more than the schedule such as visiting the community mental health team and mental health act team.”

“They found that the content of the workshop is well organized in details and fulfilled the services aims Hope, Control and Opportunity.”

Thank you for all the contributions from Recovery College, Brent EIS, SPA and staff at Park Royal. Well done to our Arts Therapies Team!