Healing Through

Expressive Arts

Why We Do Expressive Arts

We believe that expressive arts work as a supplement to traditional psychotherapy because of its potential to impact our veteran families in more memorable ways than traditional interventions. We choose to use expressive arts interventions with veteran families to provide opportunities to become active participants in their own treatment and empower them to use imagination in productive and corrective ways. Whether through art, play, music, movement, enactment, or creative writing, expressive arts stimulate the senses and facilitate self-discovery, as well as increased self-esteem and confidence.

CDS Programs serve our Veteran Families First

but are open to Our Military Families (OMF; active duty, reserve, and their families).

Expressive Arts research shows it to be effective at augmenting traditional trauma interventions because it provides creative outlets that enhance attention and awareness abilities in productive, corrective ways to promote healing, thus mitigating trauma potentials during reintegration into civilian life. CDS Expressive Arts Unit (EAU) Members learn Expressive Arts skills that lead to enjoyable employment and increase their capacities for career success within the Arts Fields. Our EAU Members learn valuable industry knowledge from our mentors to build networks, start new careers, gain practical work experience and earn extra income by participating in our Mission Support Program (MSP) Veteran Artist Employment Project (VAE). Expressive Arts Instruction, employment skills, life skills, Naturopathic philosophies and Trauma-Informed Care assist CDS and our EAU Instructors to support our EAU Members suffering from trauma and reintegration issues by eliminating barriers — such as stigmas associated with mental health issues and disabilities – through creative expression to achieve post-service success.
  1. Economic Stability by Learning Experiential Expressive Arts Skills
  2. Comradery by Interacting with other EAU Members, EAU Instructors and CDS Staff
  3. Mentoring from EAU Instructors and CDS Staff for Employment and Life Skills
  4. Learning Naturopathic Philosophies and Alternative Healing Methods
  5. Trauma Informed Care for Healing OMF suffering from Trauma and/or Reintegration Issues
  6. Healing as Cohesive Family Units by Employing Visual Art, Play, Music, Movement, Enactment, Creative Writing and More as Coping Skills
  1. Learning about Self-Advocacy Skills and Available Additional Resources for Help!
  2. Learning Valuable Industry Knowledge from Mentors to Build Networks, Start a New Career, Gain Practical Work Experience and Earn Extra Income.
  3. Employment through Our Mission Support Program (MSP) Veteran Artist Employment (VAE) Project.
  4. Increased Capacity for Career Success within the Arts Fields such as: Graphic Design, Videography, Media, Music and Sound Production, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts and more!
  1. Learning Effective Expressive Arts Coping Skills for Dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Other Mental and physical Issues
  2. Expressive Arts Instruction for Emotional Validation, Enhancing Imagination and Creativity, Improving Mind–Body Connections and Employable Skills
  3. Providing Creative Outlets that Enhance Attention and Awareness Abilities in Productive, Corrective Ways to Promote Healing
  4. Mitigating Trauma Potentials During Reintegration into Civilian Life.

Healing Through

Expressive Arts