Creativity in Psychotherapy: Reaching New Heights with Individuals, Couples, and Families

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Overview

Examine the dynamic role of creativity in therapy!

Creativity in Psychotherapy: Reaching New Heights with Individuals, Couples, and Families examines the nature, role, and importance of creative thinking in counseling and therapy. Authors David K. Carson and Kent W. Becker combine extensive backgrounds in marriage and family therapy and counseling to give you a unique resource that fills a crucial gap in the therapy literature. The book explores various aspects of creative thinking, personal characteristics of highly creative therapists, creative techniques and interventions, barriers to creative work, and creativity development. Not designed as a "cookbook" for conducting therapy, Creativity in Psychotherapy features practical techniques and interventions for conducting therapy with children, adults, couples, and families.

Creativity in Psychotherapy: Reaching New Heights with Individuals, Couples, and Families is a much-needed response to the need for a pragmatic approach that makes sense, using methods, techniques, and applications based in respected, established theoretical principles and empirical research. The book establishes a mind-set the therapist can use to work with clients in discovering creative solutions, instead of viewing creative interventions as a grab bag of techniques. Creativity in Psychotherapy includes:

  • a look at the various dimensions of creativity in counseling and psychotherapy
  • an overview of the relationship between creativity and healthy functioning
  • an examination of the connection between creativity and dysfunction
  • a review of the role of creativity in supervision
  • a survey of 142 therapists in the United States on the use of creativity in their practices
  • in-depth discussions, practical examples, and illustrations
  • "Creative Incubation" and "Break Out of The Box" exercises in each chapter!
Creativity in Psychotherapy: Reaching New Heights with Individuals, Couples, and Families is well-suited for use as a primary or supplemental textbook for graduate and undergraduate courses in marriage and family therapy, psychotherapy, and counseling, and can easily be adapted for use in social work, counselor education, and clinical psychology courses. The book is an essential read for practicing psychotherapists, family therapists, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other human service professionals.
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Editorial Reviews

William M. Walsh
An OUTSTANDING new addition to the therapy literature. Long overlooked or trivialized by professionals in many disciplines, creativity may well be our best hope or a healthy and rewarding future. VERY READABLE, YET THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED AND WELL-ORGANIZED. In the intervention chapters, there is a good review of prominent techniques in major models of family therapy, and a long list of ideas for creating your own activities and interventions. The chapter on creativity in supervision also emphasizes the reader's personal creative process, and provides unusual depth and breadth. THIS IS A UNIQUE BOOK FOR TEACHERS, STUDENTS, SUPERVISORS, AND CLINICIANS. If you are one of these, reading this book will cause you to reflect on your own life and your professional practice, and come away stimulated and enriched. It will refresh your mind and energize your work whether you are practicing, teaching, or supervising therapy. What more can you ask?
PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Northern Colorado
Samuel T. Gladding
EXCITING, INVITING, INTRIGUING, INFORMATIVE, AND INNOVATIVE. . . . Presents new insight on the subject and how it contributes to health and healing. Unlike other books on the subject, this work simultaneously operates on cognitive, affective, and behavioral levels and presents its material to readers through interactive means. The authors orient readers at the beginning of each chapter with a 'creativity incubation' exercise. They also help readers become more creative in breaking out of their set ways of seeing and being by offering opportunities for further growth at the end of every chapter.
PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University
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Product Details

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Psychotherapy with Individuals, Couples, and Families As a Creative Enterprise
Old Wine in New Wineskins: What Is Creativity in the Context of Therapy?
Strengths and Limitations of Creativity in the Therapeutic Process
Getting the Most from the Incubation and Breaking Out of the Box Exercises

Section I: The Importance of Creativity in Individual, Couple, and Family
Therapy: Health, Dysfunction, and Resiliency
Chapter 1. Essential Components of Creativity in Individual, Couple, and Family Treatment
Creative Incubation Exercise #1: Setting the Tone
Creativity As an Ecological, Contextual, and Systemic Concept
Eminent and Everyday Creativity
Creativity in Some Prominent Theories of Counseling
Creative Problem Finding and Problem Solving
The Importance of Divergent Thinking in Therapy
The Creative Process in Therapy
The creative Use of Play and Humor in Therapy
Breaking Out of the Box: Creating My Box
Chapter 2. An Overview of the Role of Creativity in Individual Mental Health, Psychopathology, and Family Dysfunction
Creative Incubation Exercise #2: Changing Lenses
The Importance of Creativity to Mental Health
Creativity, Mental Health, and Psychopathology in Adults: An Overview
Breaking Out of the Box: Creating My Metaphor
Chapter 3. Creativity and Resiliency in Children, Adults, Marriages, and Families
Creative Incubation Exercise #3: A Fresh Perspective
Creativity and Resiliency
Creativity in Marriage
Creativity in Families
Other Ways of Facilitating Creativity and Creative Thinking in Children and Adults
Conclusion
Breaking Out of the Box: Creating Spice

Section II: Therapists’ Perceptions of Creativity in Their Work with Couples and Families
Chapter 4. The Meaning, Importance, and Role of Creativity in Couples and Family Therapy
Creative Incubation Exercise #4: Creativity is . . .
The Multifaceted Nature of Creativity
Summary of Qualitative Findings Regarding the Importance of Creativity in Therapy According to Study Participants
Breaking Out of the Box: From the Eyes of Babes (and Beyond)
Chapter 5. Characteristics of the Creative Family Therapist
Creative Incubation Exercise #5: My Creativity Time Line
Qualities/Characteristics of Creative Family Therapists
Enhancing Creativity in Individuals, Couples, and Families As Part of the Therapeutic Process
Breaking Out of the Box: Finding My Flow
Chapter 6. Creative Interventions in Couples and Family Therapy:
Therapists’ Descriptions
Creative Incubation Exercise #6: Creating Options
Therapists’ Descriptions of creative Interventions in Couple and Family Therapy
Creative Closing Rituals and Terminations in Couple and Family Therapy
Contraindications in Using Experiential and Play-Oriented Approaches
Breaking Out of the Box: A Session of Possibilities
Chapter 7. Barriers and Constraints to Creativity in Family Therapy
Creative Incubation Exercise #7: Barriers and Beyond
Social-Psychological Inhibitors of Creativity
Institutional/Organizational Rules, Policies, and Turfism As Inhibitors of Creativity
Responses from Study Participants Regarding Barriers to Creativity in Therapy
Breaking Out of the Box: Designing a Creative Ritual
Section III: Creative Interventions in Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy and Supervision
Chapter 8. Creative Interventions in Ten Contemporary Schools of Thought
Part 1: Psychodynamic, Intergenerational, Cognitive-Behavioral, and EmotionPreface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Psychotherapy with Individuals, Couples, and Families As a Creative Enterprise
Old Wine in New Wineskins: What Is Creativity in the Context of Therapy?
Strengths and Limitations of Creativity in the Therapeutic Process
Getting the Most from the Incubation and Breaking Out of the Box Exercises
Section I: The Importance of Creativity in Individual, Couple, and Family
Therapy: Health, Dysfunction, and Resiliency
Chapter 1. Essential Components of Creativity in Individual, Couple, and Family Treatment
Creative Incubation Exercise #1: Setting the Tone
Creativity As an Ecological, Contextual, and Systemic Concept
Eminent and Everyday Creativity
Creativity in Some Prominent Theories of Counseling
Creative Problem Finding and Problem Solving
The Importance of Divergent Thinking in Therapy
The Creative Process in Therapy
The creative Use of Play and Humor in Therapy
Breaking Out of the Box: Creating My Box
Chapter 2. An Overview of the Role of Creativity in Individual Mental
Health, Psychopathology, and Family Dysfunction
Creative Incubation Exercise #2: Changing Lenses
The Importance of Creativity to Mental Health
Creativity, Mental Health, and Psychopathology in Adults: An Overview
Breaking Out of the Box: Creating My Metaphor
Chapter 3. Creativity and Resiliency in Children, Adults, Marriages, and Families
Creative Incubation Exercise #3: A Fresh Perspective
Creativity and Resiliency
Creativity in Marriage
Creativity in Families
Other Ways of Facilitating Creativity and Creative Thinking in Children and Adults
Conclusion
Breaking Out of the Box: Creating Spice
Section II: Therapists’ Perceptions of Creativity in Their Work with Couples and Families
Chapter 4. The Meaning, Importance, and Role of Creativity in Couples and Family Therapy
Creative Incubation Exercise #4: Creativity is . . .
The Multifaceted Nature of Creativity
Summary of Qualitative Findings Regarding the Importance of Creativity in Therapy According to Study Participants
Breaking Out of the Box: From the Eyes of Babes (and Beyond)
Chapter 5. Characteristics of the Creative Family Therapist
Creative Incubation Exercise #5: My Creativity Time Line
Qualities/Characteristics of Creative Family Therapists
Enhancing Creativity in Individuals, Couples, and Families As Part of the Therapeutic Process
Breaking Out of the Box: Finding My Flow
Chapter 6. Creative Interventions in Couples and Family Therapy:
Therapists’ Descriptions
Creative Incubation Exercise #6: Creating Options
Therapists’ Descriptions of creative Interventions in Couple and Family Therapy
Creative Closing Rituals and Terminations in Couple and Family Therapy
Contraindications in Using Experiential and Play-Oriented Approaches
Breaking Out of the Box: A Session of Possibilities
Chapter 7. Barriers and Constraints to Creativity in Family Therapy
Creative Incubation Exercise #7: Barriers and Beyond
Social-Psychological Inhibitors of Creativity
Institutional/Organizational Rules, Policies, and Turfism As Inhibitors of Creativity
Responses from Study Participants Regarding Barriers to Creativity in Therapy
Breaking Out of the Box: Designing a Creative Ritual
Section III: Creative Interventions in Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy and Supervision
Chapter 8. Creative Interventions in Ten Contemporary Schools of Thought,
Part 1: Psychodynamic, Intergenerational, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Emotion
Focused
Creative Incubation Exercise #8: Herding Cats
Introduction
Psychodynamic Approaches
Intergenerational Approaches
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
Emotion-Focused Interventions
Breaking Out of the Box Creating Shifts
Chapter 9. Creative Interventions in Ten Contemporary Schools of Thought,
Part 2: Structural, Strategic, Milan Systemic, Solution-Focused, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative Approaches
Creative Incubation Exercise #9: The Five Elements of a Session
Structural Interventions
Strategic Family Therapy and MRI Brief Therapy/Communications Approaches
Milan Systemic Interventions
Solution-Focused Interventions
Internal Family Systems Interventions
Narrative Interventions
Breaking Out of the Box: Elemental Changes
Chapter 10. The Importance of Creativity in Supervision
Creative Incubation Exercise #10: Competence-Based Reflections
Why is Supervision Important?
Creativity in Clinical Supervision
Supervision and Power Dynamics
The Dynamic of Isomorphism
Sensitivity to Personality Characteristics and Cultural/Contextual Factors
Methods in Supervision That Can Ignite the Creativity of Supervisees
Case Study
Conclusion
Breaking Out of the Box: My Commitment to My Future
Epilogue
References
Index
Focused
Creative Incubation Exercise #8: Herding Cats
Introduction
Psychodynamic Approaches
Intergenerational Approaches
Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
Emotion-Focused Interventions
Breaking Out of the Box Creating Shifts
Chapter 9. Creative Interventions in Ten Contemporary Schools of Thought,
Part 2: Structural, Strategic, Milan Systemic, Solution-Focused, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative Approaches
Creative Incubation Exercise #9: The Five Elements of a Session
Structural Interventions
Strategic Family Therapy and MRI Brief Therapy/Communications Approaches
Milan Systemic Interventions
Solution-Focused Interventions
Internal Family Systems Interventions
Narrative Interventions
Breaking Out of the Box: Elemental Changes
Chapter 10. The Importance of Creativity in Supervision
Creative Incubation Exercise #10: Competence-Based Reflections
Why is Supervision Important?
Creativity in Clinical Supervision
Supervision and Power Dynamics
The Dynamic of Isomorphism
Sensitivity to Personality Characteristics and Cultural/Contextual Factors
Methods in Supervision That Can Ignite the Creativity of Supervisees
Case Study
Conclusion
Breaking Out of the Box: My Commitment to My Future
Epilogue
References
Index
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