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 A Practice-Based Account of Designing and Facilitating Life-Writing Workshops for a Group With Severe Mental Illness

Creative Writing: A Practice-Based Account of Designing and Facilitating Life-Writing Workshops for a Group With Severe Mental Illness
Philip NeilsenRobert King

Introduction

This chapter is based on the experience and findings of a pilot project developed to investigate the feasibility of conducting writing workshops for people participating in psychosocial rehabilitation programs provided by a nongovernment agency in Brisbane, Australia. It was a qualitative study making use of observational data, interviews with participants, and informal reports. We did not seek to test theoretical models concerning the link between creative writing and recovery through the pilot project but rather to evaluate the immediate impact of a writing workshop.

The theory and empirical ...

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