Role of arts therapy in helping older people to be discussed at legal conference

The role of arts therapy in helping older people during rehabilitation is to be discussed at a legal conference next month.

Daniel Thomas, managing director of Chroma, the UK’s leading national arts therapy provider, is presenting at the event, which is being organised by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and Hobbs Rehabilitation.

He explained: “As the population overall becomes older, the question of how ageing impacts on rehabilitation is going to become much more acute for legal teams constructing appropriate packages and the therapists with which they work.

“At the conference, we will be looking at the way in which arts therapies improve engagement and adherence to rehab programmes, including how to support families members to help in their loved-one’s rehab, which is often the key to success.”

The event, called “Silver Rehabilitation: Impact of Ageing on Rehabilitation” takes place on Thursday 21 September at the Novotel Southampton. Further details can be obtained by e-mailing

Daniel added that arts therapy appeared to be rapidly gaining credibility in the legal profession, and that this was the fifth seminar hosted by a major legal firm in which Chroma had taken part this year.

He said: “It does very much feel as though arts therapy is reaching a tipping point in the legal sector where awareness of its benefits among solicitors, case managers and the judiciary is growing rapidly.

“Events like this one hosted by Irwin Mitchell are playing an important part in this, helping us to increase awareness of how arts therapy and the benefits it provides.”