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Positive arts interventions

18 December 2017

Creative clinical tools promoting psychological well-being...


Since ancient times, the arts have been used by humans across the globe as healing methods and vehicles for communication. The arts are increasingly becoming clinical tools to promote health and psychological well-being in individuals.

Positive arts therapists, positive psychologists and positive psychotherapists administer a variety of positive arts interventions in their clinical practice for individuals of all ages to creatively tap into their imagination, reflect upon life goals, gain insight into their character strengths, activate their positive emotions, determine their sources of life meaning and explore spiritual avenues.

Examples of positive arts interventions include Scribble Drawing, My Strengths Collage, Bridge Drawing with Path (BDP), A Favourite Kind of Day (AFKD), Tree of Life, My Sources of Meaning and Spiritual Pathway.

To illustrate these positive arts-based activities, Olena Helen Darewych and Nancy Riedel Bowers have written about their clinical work with people from Australia, Canada and Ukraine.


This article has been made free access until the end of April 2021. To read descriptions of these clinical case examples please click here


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