Centers and programs for mental health and recovery of patients with cancer

What are we doing

In 2011 the Foundation team create the first for Bulgaria hospital program "ARTON" for art and recovery of patients with cancer. The conducting the program starts first in the Pediatric Clinic of Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital "St. Marina" - Varna. From April 1, 2014 the hospital program "ARTON" is held in support of child patients and in the other two specialized clinics to treat children with oncology diseases in the country - in Sofia and Plovdiv. So program "ARTON" for mental health of children with oncology diseases are conducted simultaneously at the Clinic of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University Hospital "St. Marina "- Varna, at The Specialized Hospital for Active Treatment of Children with Cancer and Hematological Diseases - Sofia, and at the Clinic of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University Hospital" St. George "- Plovdiv.

Program "ARTON" is a structured scheme of parallel service of art sessions  to the  patient with outside artists and psychotherapy with a clinical psychologist. The clinical psychologists conduct art therapy sessions with the patients and supervisions for education and training of workers in the art program. 

Program "ARTON" is the first hospital professional program in the country for mental health and recovery of patients with cancer of all ages . The basis of applied programs of the Foundation "ARTON Bulgaria" is the Art therapy. As a form of relaxing therapy it can exercise control over certain disease symptoms, emotions and other difficulties during the healing process, with the help of psychotherapy and art sessions.

Program "ARTON" engage the patients in an organized schedule of various creative sessions. For the purposes of the program are appointed artists in different fields of the arts, passing mandatory supervisions with a clinical psychologist. The artists conducted art sessions with patients in a group, but also in the individual terms of the hospital room when the patient is unable to be present in the group. The art sessions are separated on the topics "Music", "Decoration and sculpture", "Fine Arts".

Foundation "ARTON Bulgaria" conducts the programs for mental health for patients with cancer highly professional, as the basic preparation, organization and realization of the activities make the qualified clinical psychologists. In the programs for art and mental health of patients with cancer are used standardized professional methods and approaches in the field of the psychotherapy and the art therapy.


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Art therapy is a psychotherapeutic method using both the weak and strong sides of the child's character through art solutions and verbal expression. The art work...