Art Therapy Session Helps Jefferson Cancer Patients to Express and Decompress

Participants created projects that explored coping skills and challenges or flexed their creative energy.

Participants created projects that explored coping skills and challenges or flexed their creative energy.

Rachel Brandoff, assistant professor and coordinator of the art therapy specialization, recently led a drop-in art therapy group class at Jefferson’s department of radiation oncology for patients, families, caregivers and staff. Participants created projects that explored coping skills and challenges or flexed their creative energy. Adjunct faculty member Warren Young and art therapy student Bethanne Frazer assisted Brandoff.

Pieces created at the session were part of the department of radiation oncology’s Fall Art Show, which also showcased the Bodine Center for Cancer Treatment’s newly revamped nursing education rooms with artwork and textiles by EJ Herczyk, associate professor of surface imaging and School of Design and Engineering drawing coordinator. These rooms will be used as a comfortable, private environment where nurses can educate patients and their families about what to expect as they undergo cancer treatment.

“It was an exciting and well-attended event and likely will open the door for more collaboration between radiation oncology at Jefferson and our art therapy specialization,” Brandoff said.

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