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 Visual Art and Music in Recovery

Lived Experience: Visual Art and Music in Recovery
Patricia StrobelTom O’BrienAnn Bermingham

This chapter is something of a continuation of the previous chapter. Like the previous chapter, it explores the experience of people engaged in creative activity with a view to better understanding the relationship between creative activity and recovery from mental illness. As with the previous chapter, we hear from these people in their own words as they describe what creative activity means to them.

However, there are two important differences. First, there are differences with respect to the kind of creative activity. The previous chapter was concerned with writing, especially—but not exclusively—poetry. This chapter is concerned with visual art making and music. The second point of difference ...

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