Have you ever been with a group of friends or family members who have reminisced about one particular event shared by each of you? The event was the same, but individual perceptions differ. Why is this so?
Constructivist theories and creativity in counselling (CIC) are grouped together here because both areas consider a person’s individual perception when looking at life circumstances.
The role of a constructivist counsellor or a counsellor using creativity in counselling is one of facilitator, working side by side with a client to focus not on the past but on how a problem looks in the present and how it might look once a problem is solved.
In each of these approaches to counselling, clients are viewed as the experts on their own lives with the capacity and resilience to create solutions to their own problems.
One does not have to be a talented painter, singer, or dancer to be creative, but these creative methods can be used to help a client define and communicate problematic issues. There are numerous ways to nurture creativity in ourselves and our clients.
How do we connect with our creative selves and help our clients do the same? Be open to the value of creativity, have fun exploring new ideas, develop your curiosity, practice shifting your perspective, etc. You will grow as a counsellor and be pleasantly surprised at the results.
West-Olatunji, C. A., & Rush-Ossenbeck, M. (2016). Constructivist theories: Solution-focused and narrative therapies. In D. Capuzzi & M. D. Stauffer (Eds.), Counseling and psychotherapy: Theories and interventions (6th ed., pp. 419–444). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Duffey, T., Halverstroh, S., & Trepal, H. (2016). Creative approaches in counseling and psychotherapy. In D. Capuzzi & M. D. Stauffer (Eds.), Counseling and psychotherapy: Theories and interventions (6th ed., pp. 445–468). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
Document: Psychoanalytic Case Conceptualisation Example (Word document)
Document: Case Studies (Word document)
Psychotherapy.net. (Producer). (2011). Creative healing in mental health: Art & drama in assessment & therapy. [Video file]. Mill Valley, CA: Author.
Expressive Media. (2004). Art therapy has many faces. [Video file]. St. Clairsville, OH: Author.
Discussion: Constructivist Theories and Creative Approaches to Counselling: Case Conceptualisation
For this Discussion, you will write a case conceptualisation from the point of view of a constructivist or creative approaches counsellor.
As you review this week’s Learning Resources and media files, note techniques and interventions, and consider the role of a constructivist or creative approaches counsellor in planning treatment.
Further, reflect on these types of therapy with respect to developing your own theoretical orientation. In what ways do you find that constructivist or creative approaches with therapy may resonate with your own point of view?
Note: These are not the full assignment directions! Be sure to read the entire Discussion assignment directions for how to prepare your initial post, what you are posting, and how to respond to your colleagues.