ISSN: 20402457
First published in 2010
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Volume 3 Issue 3
Cover Date: January 2013
Colour for well-being:Exploring adult learners’ responses to utilizing colour as a therapeutic tool
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Authors:  Jacqueline H. Parkes And  Vanessa Volpe 
DOI: 10.1386/jaah.3.3.275_1

Keywords
colour,mental health,well-being,occupational therapy,adult learning,psychoeducation

Abstract
This article reports on a pilot project that explored the use of ‘colour’ as a therapeutic intervention that can be used to enhance a sense of personal well-being in adults experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. The project was designed, delivered and evaluated by an occupational therapist with extensive experience in the therapeutic use of colour within complementary therapy. Over a nine-week period, individuals attending the programme were taught a variety of colour awareness exercises, which could be incorporated within their daily lifestyle. The findings of a follow-up evaluation undertaken twelve months after the Colour for Wellbeing (CfWB) programme began indicates that training in colour awareness is a cost-effective intervention that can positively impact on the mood, behaviour, and sense of mental and physical wellbeing of individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues.
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