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October 2021

The expressive arts and creativity as a form of therapeutic experience in the field of mental health

Journal/Book: Journal of Creative Behavior. 1986; 20: 229-247.

Abstract: Discusses principles behind and benefits of the expressive arts as a form of therapeutic experience, and presents a specific example of this sort of intervention known as Creative Arts Reciprocity Experience (CARE). Therapy based on creative expression--including bibliotherapy, poetry, writing, and music therapy--encourages expression of feelings, confidence through risk-taking, communication with the unconscious, development of new insights, resolution of conflict, reduction of anxiety, and rechannelling of psychic energy for problem solving. Prior to addressing CARE, resistance among therapists to the use of creative expression is discussed, and several neglected forms of expressive therapy are described.

Note: creative expression through bibliotherapy & poetry & writing & music therapy in Creative Arts Reciprocity Experience sessions

Keyword(s): Music therapy; bibliotherapy ; art therapy; creativity ; written communication; poetry

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