Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment

Overview

Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment brings together nineteen of the world's most prominent and creative therapists and researchers, taking professionals inside each contributor's creative innovations in theory and technique.

Designed for all therapists who wish to communicate their therapeutic messages creatively and effectively, authors Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson invite you to be inspired from the ...

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Overview

Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment brings together nineteen of the world's most prominent and creative therapists and researchers, taking professionals inside each contributor's creative innovations in theory and technique.

Designed for all therapists who wish to communicate their therapeutic messages creatively and effectively, authors Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson invite you to be inspired from the observations of your peers and consider how these approaches might be applied to your own work.

Drawn from real-life cases, contributors share stories of their most creative breakthroughs, demonstrating out-of-the-box thinking that freed them to create alternative ways of meeting their clients' needs. Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy: Tales of Transformation and Astonishment will motivate you to experiment as an agent of change, exploring new, creative ways to make a difference in people's lives, with wisdom from some of the world's foremost authorities including:

The stories in this book represent seminal cases in which eminent practitioners in therapy and related fields express their own unique voices as clinicians. The book focuses on what led each clinician to a creative breakthrough and identifies the common variables-across all the stories-that might promote innovation in the future. Their experiences will inspire every therapist to discover their own creative path.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470362402
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/24/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 836,514
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey A. Kottler is author of On Being a Therapist and The Mummy at the Dining Room Table, among many other books. He is Professor and Chair of the Counseling Department at California State University, Fullerton. He also established the Madhav Ghimire Foundation, which raises funds from individuals and organizations in order to provide educational opportunities for the most neglected children of Nepal.

Jon Carlson, PsyD, EdD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University and a psychologist with the Wellness Clinic in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In addition to serving as the long-time Editor of the Family Journal, Jon is the author of forty books including The Intimate Couple and Inclusive Cultural Empathy.

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Table of Contents

1 A Personal Introduction to Creativity in Therapy 1

2 Ambiguity, Relevance, and the Creeping Devils Stephen Lankton Lankton, Stephen 13

3 Creating Nonsense through Connections of Love Bradford Keeney Keeney, Bradford 31

4 Being Unstuck without Becoming Unglued Sam Gladding Gladding, Sam 51

5 Therapy as Community Connections Stephen Madigan Madigan, Stephen 65

6 You Don't Learn This Stuff in Graduate School Michael Yapko Yapko, Michael 81

7 I Have Creative Clients Scott Miller Miller, Scott 101

8 A White, Fluffy Cloud and a Dissociative Moment Jeff Zeig Zeig, Jeff 117

9 What about Love? Judy Jordan Jordan, Judy 133

10 A Little Hug from Heaven Robert Neimeyer Neimeyer, Robert 143

11 Working in a Box Laura Brown Brown, Laura 163

12 Falling on Your Face Bill O'Hanlon O'Hanlon, Bill 175

13 A Trilogy of Courage Cloe Madanes Madanes, Cloe 189

14 Accessing the Creative Self Len Sperry Sperry, Len 205

15 Getting People Up Off the Floor Fred Bemak Bemak, Fred 217

16 The Wisdom of Not Knowing Nancy McWilliams McWilliams, Nancy 231

17 A Narrative History of Creativity in Action Nick Cummings Cummings, Nick 237

18 Creative Inquiry and Discovering the Unforeseen Alfonso Montuori Montuori, Alfonso 245

19 Some Creative Themes 257

20 Clinical Applications 271

References 295

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