The healing power of rhythm is being used for clients as part of Centacare’s Day to Day Living Program in Hervey Bay.
Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is an evidence-based therapeutic program that uses music to engage participants, teach social skills, and build self-esteem.
DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts.
Participants learn how to cooperate, collaborate and communicate without the threat of misunderstanding and judgement that dialogue may bring.
Nicky Greig, Centacare’s Mental Health Coordinator is an accredited DRUMBEAT facilitator and has been running the program for the last 12 months.
“I have found that the DRUMBEAT program has made a considerable difference in assisting participants to reduce stress, build self-esteem, increase emotional wellbeing and improve their relationships with others, along with having a lot of fun,” said Nicky.
“We are looking at introducing the program to staff as it is a great team building exercise!”
Centacare client Peter, who just completed the 10-week DRUMBEAT program (along with six others) really enjoyed it.
“I had a lot of fun and found it very stimulating. I have found that it has helped to reduce stress, helped me socially and has given me more confidence,” he said.
Centacare’s Fraser Coast Day to Day Living Program aims to improve the quality of life for individuals experiencing mental health issues, by offering structured and socially based activities within a group setting.
Other activities in the program include: Life Skills, photography, art, music, cooking, fishing, social connections and community outings.