This doctoral capstone project was completed in partnership with Healing Arts Project, Inc., also known as HAPI. HAPI exists to fill a gap in recovery and rehabilitation services by providing free art supplies and art classes at partnered facilities, by providing art exhibition and publication opportunities for HAPI program participants, and by participating in outreach events throughout the year. These opportunities help spread awareness and inclusivity of mental health and addiction recovery within the community and helps artists to externalize their personal struggles, thoughts, and feelings through various creative outlets.
My project focus was to increase community awareness of HAPI services and of persons recovering from mental health and addiction conditions. The increased awareness of HAPI services helps facilitate new partnerships with rehabilitation facilities, thus increasing the number of individuals who receive those services. Furthermore, artwork sold on the online store demonstrates a financial expression of the community's support of the artist's journey for healing as well as assisting with purchasing raw art supplies for participants to use.
A secondary focus of this project related to providing a website feature that would allow HAPI staff to manage and interact with volunteers, access their information, advertise volunteer opportunities, and give staff the ability to deliver necessary information directly to specific or all volunteers
Dr. Christine Manville, EdD, MEd, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy, School of
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Mental Health; Addiction; Recovery; Art Therapy; Healing Arts Project, Inc.
Flint, Savannah Rain, "Promoting Awareness and Healing in Persons in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery in Middle Tennessee" (2021). OTD Capstone Projects. 72.