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 both individually and in groups on our adult oncology units and with our Adolescent/Young Adult (AYA) population.

Music Therapy is provided by a credentialed professional and utilizes evidence-based music interventions to accomplishment individual goals. The individual can experience cathartic release while playing or listening to music, providing a much needed outlet for our patients.

The Music Therapy program is still being developed at this time.

Recreation Therapy is provided by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). The CTRS uses activity and recreation-based interventions to promote physical and psychological health and wellness.

The Recreation Therapy program is still being developed at this time.

Reiki is a non-pharmacological, complementary form of healing and pain control. It provides an opportunity for deep relaxation while focusing on promoting an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Reiki is currently provided by The CARE Project to adult patients throughout the hospital. The program is comprised of UC Davis trained staff.

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. Due to current COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person Volunteer Services program remains suspended until further notice. However, with the increasing familiarity in virtual programming, The CARE Project is interested in structuring special events for patients and their families to attend via Zoom.

Virtual Special Events

  1. Art instruction/class
  2. Walking tour of zoo/aquarium/hike
  3. Educational/Hobby class (how to knit, how to cook, how to play an instrument, etc.)
  4. English-As-Second Language class
  5. Musical performance
  6. Dramatic performance (short play/theatre production)
  7. Guided meditation
  8. Yoga
  9. Create-Your-Own*

In-person Volunteer Placements (TBD)

When visitor restrictions are lifted, The CARE Project is looking forward to reigniting the Volunteer Program. Please consider the following options if you are interested in volunteering in-person:

  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. Massage Therapy
  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.