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For the past 6 years, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital’s Art Therapy program has published a yearly calendar featuring artwork created by patients in the program.

The 2010 calendar, which is available now, uses high-resolution photographs to capture the unique details that can be found in the artwork, which ranges from paintings to sculptures to sketches.

“The Magee calendar recognizes artwork created by current and former patients with physical and/or cognitive disabilities,” said Magee art therapist Lori Tiberi. “Each month showcases a patient's self expression through their art and includes information about the patient and his/her disability.”

Art therapy at Magee includes drawing, painting, sculpture, clay modeling, and a variety of other creative outlets with individual and group therapy sessions. Often, art therapy sessions collaborate with other therapies, such as occupational, physical, speech, and recreational.

According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing. Through engaging in creative self expression and discussing the process with a master’s level art therapist, a patient becomes more self aware, allowing them to positively cope with their symptoms, manage stress, resolve conflict and alleviate anxiety and progress toward overall rehabilitation goals.

Art therapy is part of Magee's Clinical Outreach Program which includes horticultural therapy, theater classes, pastoral care, sports programs and classes for individuals with aphasia.  There are also numerous support groups, peer mentoring programs and a patient learning resource center at the hospital to assist patients and families. All offer the potential to find joy, passion and purpose after a disability.

If you are interested in receiving a 2010 calendar, call 215-587-3055.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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