info_outline CACTUS- Child & Adolescent Creative Therapy Service
First Fortnight is delighted to announce that their new Creative Therapy Service which is targeted for children and adolescents aged 3-18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, is now open for referrals.
For more information about the referral process and to make a referral, please download the referral pack below.
info_outline First Fortnight Adult Creative Therapy Service
The First Fortnight Centre for Creative therapies was set up in December 2012 as a Genio funded mental health pilot project. From its outset, our service has been accommodated within Crosscare’s Haven House, a long-term homeless accommodation project in Dublin's North inner city. We initially offered art therapy to people experiencing homelessness with severe and enduring mental health conditions (this was based on the NICE guidelines recommendation that art therapy showed alleviation in the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. The homeless population has a higher per capita rate of schizophrenia than the general population) referred by the two homeless mental health teams in Dublin city, but following our initial yearly evaluation we opened referrals to the wider homeless community.
We now accept self-referrals as well as referrals from healthcare and homeless service professionals, for clinical governance purposes at a minimum we ask that contact details for a known healthcare professional be provided our referral and consent form can be downloaded here and posted to:
First Fortnight Centre for Creative Therapies, Haven House, Morning Star Ave,
**Please note that we cannot accept emailed referrals
If you have any questions regarding our referral process, please contact the service at 0867777222.View Download
info_outline What is Creative Therapy?
Creative therapy uses the creative process to help facilitate client connect with self and self-expression. It supports safe containment of the person’s experience and helps them to create meaning from their experiences. It offers a bridge when verbal dialogue may be difficult. It also supports clients to explore ways to expand and develop healthy coping strategies and resources while enabling them to explore and develop new ways of relating to themselves and others. The experience of engaging in creative therapy will be different for each person and as such the process is tailored to the needs of the person.
Within Creative Art Therapies there are 4 main modalities - Art, Music, Drama and Dance & Movement therapies. Creative Therapies are evidence-based, person centered and strengths based treatments that involve using arts-based activities in a therapeutic environment. Creative therapy uses a range of techniques to support the creation of a safe environment where clients can work towards expressing and exploring their world at their pace.
info_outline Why Creative Therapies and Homelessness?
Our project is aimed specifically at adults in homeless services who endure a legacy of discrimination and stigma.
Many people suffering from long-term and enduring mental health difficulties find it difficult to access a range of services which meet their needs among such services are the creative arts therapies.
First Fortnight aims to create an open discussion and understanding of mental health problems and to challenge prejudice and discrimination through the arts. The Centre for Creative Therapies aims to harness the power of creativity and art in providing a professional, regulated creative therapy service.
The Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies (IACAT) is the professional accreditation body for creative arts therapies in Irelands. IACAT regulates music, dance movement, drama and art therapists. IACAT strives to ensure that creative arts therapists working in Ireland are accredited allied health professionals that have completed the appropriate training in their modality, usually at Masters level.
IACAT ensure members adhere to a code of professional conduct and ethics IACAT also monitors professional standards, promotes research and represents its members.
All therapists working with the Centre for Creative Therapies are registered with and active members of IACAT.
For more information see www.iacat.ie
info_outline Creative Therapy Brochure
info_outline Creative Therapy Referral Form