Creative Arts Therapy and Child Life Program

Creative Arts Therapy

Creative Arts Therapy, which consists of art and music therapy, is the therapeutic use of art making. It is offered to patients, their families, and their caregivers to support psychological coping and adjustment to illness, hospitalization, and loss. Creative arts therapists provide psychotherapeutic activities to facilitate exploration of psychosocial and emotional challenges. Using art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork, art therapists help individuals explore feelings, enhance verbal and non-verbal communication, promote relaxation, reconcile emotional conflicts, develop coping strategies, foster connection and self-awareness, cope with symptoms like anxiety and pain, and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of creating art. Art therapists possess knowledge of visual art – such as drawing, painting, and sculpture – and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychology, bereavement and counseling theories and techniques.

Child Life

Child life specialists are trained professionals with expertise in helping children and their families overcome life’s most challenging events, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization. Child life specialists promote coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. An Inpatient Child Life Specialist is available to children of palliative care patients for developmentally appropriate emotional support, psycho-education and teaching about illness and dying. Child life specialists also play a vital role in supporting and counseling parents and caregivers about the needs of children under stress and children experiencing grief. Child life therapists possess knowledge in child development and family systems.

As multidisciplinary team members, creative arts therapists and child life specialists collaborate with nurses, physicians, parents, social workers and teachers to provide quality care and promote health and wellbeing.

“The Loom”

The Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute is pleased to present “The Loom”, our creative arts and literary magazine. “The Loom” is a collection of artwork and creative writing from patients, families, caregivers and staff of the Palliative Care Unit. It will be published annually and is available in print or online. To subscribe, please contact

Please enjoy the issues below:

View "The Loom" 2017 Digital Flipbook
View "The Loom" 2017 [PDF]
View "The Loom" Fall 2016 Digital Flipbook
View "The Loom" Fall 2016 [PDF]
View "The Loom" Fall 2015 Digital Flipbook
View "The Loom" Fall 2015 [PDF]
View “The Loom” 2014 Digital Flipbook
View “The Loom” 2014 [PDF]

Creative arts therapy internships are available to second year art therapy graduate students. Please contact for more information.