CREATIVE FORCES®: NEA MILITARY HEALING ARTS NETWORK CLINICAL RESEARCH PROJECT COORDINATOR

This contract is intended to support execution of the proposed research study located at a Creative Forces Network site, the Malcom Randall VA in Gainesville, Florida. The work outlined in this contract will be executed in collaboration with Charles Levy, MD, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health system.

The Rural Veterans Telerehabilitation Enterprise Wide-Initiative-Creative Arts Therapy (RVTRI CAT) program is centered in Gainesville, Florida. RVTRI CAT currently employs one board certified art therapist and one board certified music therapist, who see veterans through a hybrid program that includes both in person and telehealth-based creative arts therapy sessions. Most veterans who engage with RVTRI CATs report meaningful improvement over the course of active treatment. It is thought that veterans benefit both from the therapeutic relationship with the creative arts therapist who facilitates the encounter, and directly from engaging with arts materials and processes. However, the trajectory of the effects of encountering and engaging in creative arts therapy is unknown. It is not clear whether benefits are maintained following program participation and what role continued arts engagement may play in supporting these gains. Further, the factors involved in facilitating or blocking continued arts engagement are unknown.

Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample and three References by January 15th, 2020 to:

By email: creativeforces@artsusa.org

By Mail: ATTN: CREATIVE FORCES PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR, Americans for the Arts, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20005