Art Therapy Positive Experience at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital in Riga

Posted: 2017-09-23
Written by: EU Network
Category: Latvia
Tagged: youth riga health care children art therapy

A new school year has begun in Latvia and young children at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital in Riga began their studies with a colour art therapy session led by art therapy practitioner Dr.paed (art), Mag.sc.sal. Dace Visnola.

The arts therapy session used materials provided by families from the Sydney Latvian Society Saturday Latvian school to encourage and inspire the children to create artistic works rather than reflect on their health problems.

The lesson saw the positive effects of art therapy on the emotional well-being of the children, as most of the children attending the classroom were severely ill many of whom were undergoing long-term treatment in the hospital. Taking into account the positive experience, similar activities could continue to be organized in the Children’s Hospital, especially taking into account the positive effects of activities on the children’s emotional well-being.

During September all the emerging art works can be viewed by visitors to hospital library. A full photo tour of the works are also shown on the Creative Workshops at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital facebook page.

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It is wonderful to see that despite the great distance separating Latvia from Australia, activities are jointly being pursued, thanks to the people’s initiative in Latvia and responsiveness of those in Australia, which not only strengthens the links of the Latvian community in Australia, and in particular the younger generation with Latvia, but also in a practical way, delighting sick children who are being treated at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital in Riga, contributing to the emotional well-being of the sick children and faster recovery.

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Sintija Bernava
Project ‘’Creative Workshops’’ at the Children’s Clinical University Hospital in Riga

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