Archive for the ‘Psycho-social’ Category

The Foundations of Good Mental Health

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2017,  BAPAM Registered psychologist and performance coach Dr Carol Chapman, writes for Spotlight with essential tips for actors (and all performers) on building good mental health and resilience.

Read the article here

Mind Out! Mental Health and Theatre Event

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Thursday 18 May, 6.30pm
The Actors’ Church, Covent Garden

BAPAM’s Deborah Charnock will join the panel at this year’s Theatre Chaplaincy UK (TCUK) Spring Lecture, addressing mental health in the theatre. Stephen Fry will be giving a keynote speech entitled Mind Out! This occasion is part of a growing movement to break the taboo and stigma that still surrounds issues of mental health in the theatre. Stephen will then join in the panel discussion followed by Q&A, with panellists Dr Deborah Charnock, Chief Executive of BAPAM and lead advisor on the ArtsMinds website; Annemarie Lewis Thomas, Principal of the Musical Theatre Academy, who launched the #time4change Mental Health Charter for the Arts; and the Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford, a TCUK trustee with 30 years’ first-hand experience as a theatre chaplain. The lecture is free and open to all. Afterwards there will be refreshments and the opportunity to mingle and talk further.

‘Composed’ – a Film about Performance Anxiety, Exclusive London Screening

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Composed invites you into the world of professional classical music, for an exploration of the many causes of and solutions for performance anxiety.  This feature documentary brings together dozens of professionals from prestigious orchestras, symphonies, and music schools to discuss their personal journeys, and consider how best to achieve excellence in the face of enormous pressure. Composed finally confirms what so many of us have always secretly wondered – no, it’s not just you who has experienced the physical and mental agonies of performance anxiety, and yes, there are many ways to overcome the symptoms and deliver peak auditions and performances.

A special preview screening, followed by a Q&A with director, John Beder, will be held at the 1901 Arts Club, Waterloo, London, on Tuesday 2nd May. Doors open at 6pm and the film will be screened at 7pm.

Book tickets here.

 

 

Musicians’ Health and Wellbeing – an Interdisciplinary Approach

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A one day research seminar funded by the British Psychological Society (Division of Health Psychology)

12th May 2016 | 9.30 am – 5 pm
Royal College of Music, London

The physical and psychological demands of the training and practice that musicians must achieve to perform to a high standard on their instruments can produce deleterious effects on health and wellbeing, arising mostly from musculoskeletal and anxiety-related causes. In an attempt to bridge the gap between musicians’ health, health psychology and sports psychology, this event brings together experts who will approach topics such as musculoskeletal issues, performance anxiety, stress management, health promotion, implementation research and behaviour change.

The event is free but advance booking is essential.

Find out more.

UCL Research: Eating Disorders in Musicians

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Marianna Kapsetaki is a medical doctor and a classical pianist studying for the Performing Arts Medicine MSc at University College London. She is conducting a research project into eating disorders in musicians.

Any musician (performer, student, academic, etc) 18 years or older is welcome to complete this survey. You will be asked 24 questions which should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. You can stop completing the survey at any point as your participation is voluntary. By submitting a completed questionnaire however, you are giving your informed consent to participate in the study.

If you would like to take part, please click here to complete the survey.

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee (Project ID Number: 8069/001). The information you provide will be treated as strictly anonymous, confidential, won’t be passed onto a third party and will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you have any further questions about the research, feel free to contact Marianna at:  uclresearch2015pam@gmail.com.

If you would like to receive the final report of this research project please send a request to the email above. You don’t need to write your email address at the end of the survey.

If you would like advice about eating disorders, support organisations include:

National Centre for Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders Support Charity
Eating Disorder Support Service (SEED)
Beating Eating Disorders Trust (BEAT)
Anorexia and Bulimia Care Organization
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and associated Disorders (ANAD)

An Exploration of Transformational Breathing for Anxiety Management in Professional Voice Users

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Researcher: Dr Philippa Wheble  

Dr Philippa Wheble is a GP, violinist and singer who is studying for an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at UCL. Her research investigates the effect of Transformational Breathing® (a diaphragmatic breathing technique) on anxiety, perfectionism and performance anxiety.

She is looking for professional singers to take part in her study. If you are interested you will need to be able to attend sessions in London.

Volunteers will be randomly assigned to either; a course of Transformational Breathing® sessions or to a Waiting List group who will be offered treatment at the end of the study.

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about anxiety, perfectionism and wellbeing and have blood pressure, heart rate and breathing tests done throughout the study.

All participants will leave the study with the ability to use this breathing technique independently and will receive the findings when the research is complete.

If you would like to know more please contact:

Dr Philippa Wheble
email: Philippa.Wheble.15@ucl.ac.uk

You will be given a detailed information sheet before confirming your participation.

This research has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee.

All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Workshop: An Introduction to Autogenic Mindful Relaxation for Performing Artists

Friday, March 11th, 2016

On Saturday 7 May, Giovanna Reitano will hold a workshop suitable for all performers who are interested in learning mind-body relaxation skills.

Date: Saturday 7 May 2016, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm

Venue: St Michael & All Angels, Bath Road, London, W4 1TT

Fee: £35

Info: This workshop gives an insight on Autogenic Training, and on how autogenic practice can be used for self-awareness and exploration, and as a tool to reduce performance-related distress or symptoms. The workshop is designed for performers who are interested in learning mind-body relaxation skills for self-development, and to enhance their performance.

Workshop Leader: Giovanna Reitano, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Autogenic Trainer with background in Music Performance and Applied Theatre. Giovanna’s work with performers focuses on the use of relaxation techniques to prevent and reduce performance-related stress.

Booking: Please note that the booking deadline is 18th March. For more information and for bookings, please email Giovanna, who is organising this event as an independent practitioner – autogenic-training@musarteandmore.com

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Ours is an industry that puts intense pressure on individuals. People working and studying in the performing arts frequently consult BAPAM clinicians about a wide range of psychological problems affecting their careers. Often, simple management advice and psychological self-care are enough to empower people to beat problems and achieve their goals, but sometimes it is helpful to seek further expert help from a psychotherapist or counsellor. Dr Carol Chapman, Counselling Psychologist and Performance Coach, has authored our new BAPAM Factsheet, Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor, to assist people who are deciding on the most appropriate practitioner to see.

We also include links to excellent resources produced by Mind who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

If you are experiencing a mental health problem you should always consult your NHS GP. BAPAM clinicians can also advise performing arts professionals and students about psychological issues relating to their work.

Resources: 

Choosing a Psychotherapist or Counsellor

I Can’t Go On: Managing Performance Anxiety (Stage Fright)

Psychological Self-Care

 

Performing Health Psychology Event

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Raluca Matei and Dr Benjamin Gardner have sent us the following information about their interesting research into health psychology in professional orchestral musicians. Read on to find out more, and if you’d be interested in taking part, please contact Raluca Matei directly at raluca.matei@hotmail.com

Tutti for health and wellbeing

If you are a professional orchestral player and want to:

  • sostenuto your health and wellbeing or
  • glissando from being controlled by your health to controlling it yourself (more like you control your instrumental technique) or
  • piu forte on how to implement behaviour change and maintain it through tricks that could become self-sustainable or
  • resonate just like your instrument through forming healthy habits and a wellbeing ostinato…

… then you are invited to attend a free interactive workshop supported by the British Psychological Society (which awarded this proposal the Public Engagement Grant 2015). This is an innovative approach to musicians’ health through the lenses of health psychology in general and behaviour change in particular.

What is health psychology? It is an emerging field aimed at the scientific study of the psychological processes that are relevant for the understanding of aspects such as how health can be promoted and maintained, and how illnesses can be treated and prevented in the first place.

What does behaviour change refer to? In this case, it is meant as an array of evidence-based tools by which one can initiate and maintain change in one’s lifestyle and health-related behaviours.

As psychologists, we need your input and feedback on how to tailor existing evidence to your needs so that together, we attach meaning to this inter-disciplinary collaboration.

This event complements the ongoing work of BAPAM and partner organisations providing specialist health support  to performing arts professionals as well as with the development of the health resources offered by BAPAM in order to sustain both musicians’ wellbeing and high quality music making.

Tempo: A comfortable one/walking pace

Key signature: Health and Wellbeing

Main theme: Prevention with motifs of Lifestyle and Behaviour Change

Performers: Raluca Matei and Dr. Ben Gardner in spoken duet with you

Date and venue: TBC according to expressed interest

Raluca Matei is currently an AHRC-funded PhD student at the Royal Northern College of Music, focusing on health promotion among musicians. She has a background in health psychology and music (has studied violin with Maxim Vengerov at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland).

Dr. Benjamin Gardner is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at King’s College London. His expertise is in habit formation as applied to initiating and maintaining behaviour change. As a research psychologist, he is also interested in health promotion in general.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Raluca Mateiraluca.matei@hotmail.com

I Can’t Go On! Managing Performance Anxiety

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Dr Carol Chapman and Karen O’Connor, experts in performance psychology and coaching, have authored our new Factsheet, I Can’t Go Ona resource all about overcoming performance anxiety (stage fright), one of the most common challenges facing any performer. Constantly striving for the very highest standards is essential but when, for whatever reason, a performer experiences less than perfection, they can be excessively hard on themselves and a vicious circle of worry and self-doubt can follow. The good news is, there are tried and tested strategies to deal with this.

All our information resources can be found here: BAPAM Health Resources.

We are grateful to Help Musicians UK, the Musicians’ Union and Equity for financial support in producing these materials.