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.

Lived Experience Writing and Recovery

Lived Experience: Writing and Recovery
Robert KingJ. R. ScottJane Boggs

I think that writing novels... is in many ways an act of self-therapy. Undoubtedly, there are those who have some kind of message and write it in a novel, but in my case at least, that is not how it works. Rather, I feel like I write novels in order to find out what kind of message is in me to begin with. In the process of writing a story, these kinds of messages just suddenly float up from the darkness.

(Haruki Murakami, as cited in Dil, 2007, p. 36)

This chapter provides a window into the lived experience of people whose creative writing forms part of their experience of recovery from mental ...

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