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An arts-based approach to co-facilitation of a theatre programme for teenagers with acquired brain injury

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This article documents a theatre programme for adolescents with acquired brain injury (ABI) developed as part of a research study, with the intention to improve social skills and community integration post-injury. Attention is brought to the artsbased method of co-facilitation in context of the artistic programme. Challenges of recovering from an ABI are discussed, in addition to how the programme's goals aimed to address these challenges and how the facilitators approached issues during the programme. Using a narrative approach, arts-based methods are explored relative to the programme's development, how the facilitators interacted with each other and how the needs of participants were supported. The adaptive nature of an arts-based method of facilitation, as well as the artistic exercises comprising the programme, were found to suit working with participants with an ABI who each had unique recovery processes due to the complex nature of their injuries.
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Keywords: acquired brain injury; adolescence; arts-based; community integration; social skills training; theatre

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Toronto 2: Freelance 3: Toronto Rehab Lyndhurst Centre

Publication date: January 11, 2012

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  • The Journal of Applied Arts and Health serves a wide community of artists, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers evidencing the effectiveness of the interdisciplinary use of arts in health and arts for health. It provides a forum for the publication and debate within an interdisciplinary field of arts in healthcare and health promotion. The journal defines 'health' broadly which includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, occupational, social and community health.
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