Creative License: The Art of Gestalt Therapy

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The Gestalt approach is particularly known for its broad spectrum of therapeutic interventions,
including artistic materials and methods from the fine and performing arts. Creativity is a significant criterion for health, well-being and intelligence. It reflects the ability to find new solutions and promotes the flexibility required to adjust productively during critical life events. Gestalt therapy employs the term "creative adjustment” to ...

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Overview

The Gestalt approach is particularly known for its broad spectrum of therapeutic interventions,
including artistic materials and methods from the fine and performing arts. Creativity is a significant criterion for health, well-being and intelligence. It reflects the ability to find new solutions and promotes the flexibility required to adjust productively during critical life events. Gestalt therapy employs the term "creative adjustment” to emphasize the importance of this ability for personal and professional growth.
The book focuses on the fruitful interchange between theoretical guidelines and professional practice.
A strong emphasis lies on the historical and philosophical foundations of this topic, on clinical practice and case studies, and on various fields of applications (neuroscience, developmental psychology). A solid representation of American and European theoreticians bridges a divide between continents and reflects the productive discourse amoung schools and "streams” of Gestalt therapy.

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"... Es gab bereits vor diesem Buch viele Beiträge von verschiedenen GestalttherapeutInnen zum Thema Kreativität (siehe dazu auch eine Übersicht von N. Amendt-Lyon: Kunst und Kreativität in der Gestalttherapie in: Handbuch der Gestalttherapie), allerdings kein Forum, wo der Prozess der Theoriebildung und Konzeptualisierung Raum erhält, um Anstoß zu Reflexion des bisherigen Status und einer weiterführenden Diskussion zu sein ... Die praxisnahmen Beiträge veranschaulichen therapeutische Momente in Bezug zum theoretischen Hintergrund und geben Einblick in das weite Spektrum der Praxis. Diese verfolgen therapeutische Prozesse im Einzelsetting Erwachsener und Kinder wie auch gruppentherapeutischer Möglichkeiten ... liegt hier ein Buch vor, das die Mühe des Durcharbeitens vielfach lohnt ..." Psychologische Medizin Nr. 3/2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783709173022
  • Publisher: Springer Vienna
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312

Table of Contents

Introduction (Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Nancy Amendt-Lyon) Part I: The Emergence of the Creative Field • Toward a Gestalt Therapeutic Concept for Promoting Creative Process (Nancy Amendt-Lyon) • On the Other Side of the Moon: The Import of Implicit Knowledge for Gestalt Therapy (Daniel N. Stern and the Boston Change Process Study Group) • Therapeutic Meeting as Improvisational Co-Creation (Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb) • Creative Abilities and the Art of Living Well (Malcolm Parlett) • 'Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright” – Aesthetic Values as Clinical Values in Gestalt Therapy (Daniel J. Bloom) • The Neuroscience of Creativity: A Gestalt Perspective (Todd Burley) Part II: The Challenge of Defining Creative Concepts • Therapy as an Aesthetic Issue: Creativity, Dreams, and Art in Gestalt Therapy (Antonio Sichera) • Creativity as Gestalt Therapy (Richard Kitzler) • The Weighty World of Nothingness: Salomo Friedlaender’s 'Creative Indifference” (Ludwig Frambach) • The Influence of Otto Rank’s Concept of Creative Will on Gestalt Therapy (Bertram Müller) • Beauty and Creativity in Human Relationships (Joseph C. Zinker) • The Aesthetics of Commitment: What Gestalt Therapists Can Learn from Cézanne and Miles Davis (Michael Vincent Miller) • Contact and Creativity: The Gestalt Cycle in Context (Gordon Wheeler) Part III. Connecting Theory and Practice: Case Examples • Embodying Creativity, Developing Experience: The Therapy Process and Its Developmental Foundation (Ruella Frank) • One Therapy Session: Dialogue and Co-Creation in Child Therapy (Sandra Cardoso-Zinker) • Memorable Moments in the Therapeutic Relationship (Nancy Amendt-Lyon) Part IV: A Taste of the Field in Practice • Creativity in Long-Term Intimate Relationships (Joseph Melnick and Sonia March Nevis) • Creativity in Family Therapy (Ed and Barbara Lynch) • Creative Processes in Gestalt Group Therapy (Carl Hodges) •Creative Adjustment in Madness: A Gestalt Therapy Model for Seriously Disturbed Patients (Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb) • The Psychoportrait: A Technique for Working Creatively in Psychiatric Institutions (Giuseppe Sampognaro) • Blocks to Creativity in Organizations (Edwin C. Nevis) Biographical Notes Subject Index

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