Today, we were proud to share our work with country music star, Gord Bamford, who generously donated $10,000 to our music therapy program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. See the CHCH News interview with Bonnie Brittain here
Bonnie Brittain, who provides music therapy with Hamilton Health Sciences at both McMaster Children’s Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital, is proud to be part of the #FacesOfHHS campaign. Click here to read the full interview here.
Bonnie Brittain is featured in The Hamilton Spectator newspaper as the Young Professional. Click here to read about Bonnie’s work as our senior music therapist and program manager.
Fermata Inc. is pleased to announce a registered art therapist is joining our team! With an educational background in Occupational Therapy and Psychology, our newest team member combines her education and passion to create a unique approach to Art Therapy, focusing on senior citizens in Long Term Care.
Art therapy naturally enables the expression of feelings and thoughts through the use basic art materials to facilitate communication and expression. It can be extremely helpful for the expression of feelings and thoughts that are difficult to put into words. Other benefits of art therapy include: cognitive stimulation, stress relief, increased ability to cope emotions, improved self-awareness and personal insight, elevation of mood, increased self-esteem, the development of coping skills, improved problem solving skills, increased ability to focus, and a sense of joy and well-being.
Art Therapy will be offered onsite in care homes for senior residents, offering individual and group workshops. Private sessions are also available for children and young adults.
More details to come shortly on a new page in ‘Our Programs’. For info about the Art Therapy program, please contact us.
Fermata’s community partners, Lawson, were featured in the Hamilton Spectator. Their innovative Digital Art Therapy program, facilitated by Dr. Olena Darewych, has been seen by many in the academic world as a step forward in working with adults with developmental disabilities using art as a form of communication and expression. Click here for the link.
PS. Dr’s. Darewych & Hyams undertook their PhDs together! This partnership between Lawson and Dr. Darewych was made possible by an introduction by Daniel!
As part of the Supercrawl 2015 Speaker Series, Dr. Daniel Hyams was interviewed about the Fermata Music Therapy program at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Click here for the link to The Spec.
As part of Fermata’s project at McMaster Children’s Hospital, our work was featured in their newsletter. Take a look! Feel free to download and share! HHS Insider – June 4, 2015