Winner for Enhancing the Patients' Experience through the Arts

Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (JH&FMHN)

Linda Hoare, Kelley Yates, Kim Dilanti, Jillian Skinner

The Rhythm and Rhymes adolescent/adult program is a therapeutic group which utilises rap music to promote positive behaviour change, motivation to engage in treatment, prosocial behaviour and to build empowerment and self-efficacy in the young offender/adult offender population. The program is culturally sensitive and diverse and is delivered weekly for 12 weeks. It connects current and relevant psychosocial themes with the form of rap music and incorporates the diversity of participants’ backgrounds, trauma and experiences of marginalisation. Participants compose their own rap song during the 12 week program.

This encourages self-reflection and self-expression and allows the facilitator to address cognitive distortions held by the participant using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy perspective.​​​​​​​​​​​

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