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.

Creative Writing Literature Review and Evidence-Based Research

Creative Writing: Literature Review and Evidence-Based Research
Philip Neilsen


There is growing evidence, especially in the United States and United Kingdom, that creative writing can form an important part of the recovery experience of people affected by severe mental illness. In this chapter, I consider theoretical models that explain how creative writing might contribute to recovery and discuss the potential for creative writing in psychosocial rehabilitation. It is argued that the rehabilitation benefits of creative writing might be optimized through focus on process and technique in writing, rather than expression or content alone, and that consequently the involvement of professional writers might be important.

I will explore the recent history of theoretical frameworks and explanatory models that link creative writing ...

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