We believe in a holistic approach to healthcare; treating the mind, body, and spirit. Through an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing both Creative Arts and Recreation Therapy, we aim to support patients and their families as they adjust to the hospital environment and cope with illness and/or injury. By supporting the whole-person, caregivers, and family members, we hope to empower a patient throughout their hospitalization with empathy, compassion, and understanding.

It the goal of The CARE Project to provide direct patient-care interdisciplinary services through The Creative Arts and Recreation Therapy Department. We aim to enhance the healthcare environment and aid in the healing and recovery for all patients. We support patients, their families, and caregivers in their journey to wellness and healing. The CARE Project provides opportunities for self-expression, relaxation, and recreation; promoting independence and improving quality of life through evidenced-based clinical interventions and therapeutic activities.

Art Therapy is an integrative mental health profession, provided by a master-level, credentialed clinician, that uses the creative process and psychological theory to achieve therapeutic goals during a session. The Art Therapist provides a non-verbal outlet for self-expression where patients can express difficult emotions, connect with others, and document their experience in a visual way.

At UC Davis, Art Therapy is provided to inpatient adults on a referral basis.

Reiki is a non-pharmacological, complementary form of healing and pain management. It provides an opportunity for deep relaxation while focusing on promoting an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The Reiki CARE Program is comprised of UC Davis trained staff and community volunteers. If interested in learning how to do Reiki, visit our Center for Professional Practice of Nursing website to sign up for a class!

At UC Davis, Reiki is provided to inpatient adults on a referral basis.

Canine CARE facilitates dog visits for adults at the bedside, helping patients cope with their hospitalization and providing motivation to engage in treatment. This program is comprised of Pets Helping Us Recover (PHUR) and Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) volunteer dogs and handlers, both of whom have been screened by Volunteer Services and evaluated to be in the hospital setting.

To make a Canine CARE referral, contact Katie Lorain.

CAREcuts can create a sense of normalcy and comfort in the sometimes-stressful hospital environment. The CARE Project works with local volunteer licensed barbers/cosmetologists and staff members to provide haircuts at the bedside, helping our patients look and feel like themselves again.

Interested in learning more? Reach out to Katie Lorain to hear how you can be involved!

Art Therapy Internship and Practicum

The Art Therapy Internship and Practicum is open to graduate students who are actively attending an approved or accredited program by the American Art Therapy Association. Both the Internship and Practicum program will meet the supervision and direct client contact requirements identified by the student’s education program. The Art Therapy Intern/Practicum Student will be supervised by a board-certified, registered art therapist and oriented to adult oncology units where they will perform individual and group art therapy as clinically indicated.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Letter of approval from Art Therapy program director stating student’s eligibility for internship and/or practicum
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • All official university/college transcripts 

How to apply

  • Please send your completed application documents via email to the Adult Recreation Therapy Manager, Katie Lorain, at
  • Applications must be submitted no later than 4 months in advance to your intended start date.
  • In-person, virtual, and/or phone interviews will be required for all candidates before acceptance into the program.

For additional information or any questions, please contact: 

Katie Lorain, MPS, ATR-BC, RWWP, Reiki III

Creative Arts and Recreation Therapy Manager  

The CARE Project is always looking for members of the Greater Sacramento community who are willing to share their time and expertise with our patients and their families. Please consider the following options if you are interested in volunteering.

  1. 1:1 patient care at bedside (playing board games, reading to patients, etc.)
  2. Pet Therapy through PHUR Program
  3. Yoga Therapy/Adaptive Yoga (must be certified instructor)
  4. Music Performances in common areas
  5. Pianist to play in lobby on Grand Piano
  6. Reiki (must be Reiki II or Reiki Master/Teacher)
  7. Local Theatre groups to perform in common areas
  8. Licensed barbers/cosmetologists to provide bedside haircuts through our CARECut program.
  9. Local crafters to teach trade at bedside (knitting, calligraphy, origami, etc.)
  10. Create-Your-Own*

To sign up for a volunteer placement, please email

Creative Arts and Recreation Therapy

Katie Lorain, MPS, ATR-BC, RWWP, Reiki III

Creative Arts and Recreation Therapy Manager

Katie Lorain is a Board-Certified, Registered Art Therapist and Reiki Master/Teacher. She received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in 2012. She began her Art Therapy career with the Department of State Hospitals in 2013 and transitioned to the role of Art Therapist at UC Davis Children’s Hospital in 2015. As The Creative Arts and Recreation Therapy Department Manager, Katie’s role is to train and supervise new staff, manage volunteers, provide Art Therapy and Reiki to patients, and maintain resources and diversional items for patients. For any inquiries or interest in donating time or resources to The CARE Project, please contact Katie Lorain at the number listed above or via email.