Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Introduction

Introduction
Robert KingFelicity BakerPhilip Neilsen

We know that not everyone reads the introduction to a book, but if you are the kind of person who likes to read the introduction, here is what you can expect. We will try to explain why we think that engagement in the creative arts promotes recovery of mental health. To do this, we will have to explain what we mean by creative arts, what we mean by recovery, and what we mean by mental health. We will also have to provide you with something of a theoretical framework or explanatory model and have reference to some of the empirical evidence that is discussed later in the book. We will also give you a sense of the contents of the ...

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