Call for Abstracts: Creative Arts in Humane Medicine
Editor: Cheryl McLean
Creative Arts in Humane Medicine will be a contemporary educational textbook, a book for educators and medical learners about the arts in health. It is a project of The International Journal of The Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and will be published by Brush Education, Calgary. The book is scheduled for release in 2013 and will be available in both hard copy and ebook formats.
About the Book: “Creative Arts in Humane Medicine” will be a much-needed educational resource in contemporary health and education, a compelling and informative textbook for medical educators, physicians, nurse and health professional educators and their students as well as being a invaluable resource for those engaged as educators in the Medical Humanities, in Public Health, Health Promotion, Social Work and the Social Services and for others interesting in the burgeoning field of arts and health. As its title suggests, thematically we are especially interested in how the creative arts are used in many forms to help foster humane medicine and to “humanize” healthcare.
We will be featuring compelling articles about the story of arts approaches in action, contributions that move beyond simple descriptions of arts in health programmes. We want to know, what is the story of this work, the narrative behind the reasoning for using this approach? Was there a particular challenge or need that the work was addressing? What was the intended goal of the programme? What were the results? Although this is not a formal research collection per se, Creative Arts in Humane Medicine is a university level textbook which will be used widely by health educators. The methods and approaches presented should be described within a theoretical and contextual framework, citing available source references and research when possible or referring to other studies supporting this approach. Once the approach is adequately described there will be an “action” component to each contribution with some focus on how the approach might work experientially in practice with suggested exercises, and how to’s for other educators and professionals to help integrate the approach into educational sessions, workshops etc.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Story and Narrative
- Humanizing Space: Creative Arts and Applications of Design and Technology in Health
- Practitioner Self Care
- Creative Arts in Aging and Health
- Multi cultural Perspectives
Instructions for Submitting Abstracts: We are welcoming abstracts from educators, physicians, nurses, mental health educators and therapists and other health professionals as well as from artists and individuals with compelling stories to tell who have had personal experiences with arts and health. Please send abstract only (max. 200 wds.) by email to Cheryl McLean as a Word email attachment, “abstract CAHM” in the subject line, before October 22, 2012 (note extended deadline). Double space. Please be sure to include your name, affiliations and contact information, email address. Those selected will be asked to send full papers (max. 6,500 wds.) by December 15, 2012.
For more information, please visit the Creative Arts in Humane Medicine web site.