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Positive arts interventions: creative clinical tools promoting psychological well-being

18 December 2017

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...


This paper was written by Olena Helen Darewych and Nancy Riedel Bowers and features positive arts interventions which positive arts therapists, positive psychologists and positive psychotherapists can administer 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.

The following positive arts interventions will be described in great detail: 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, the authors share clinical case examples from Australia, Canada and Ukraine...

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This paper was published in the International Journal of Art Therapy and has been made FREE ACCESS until the end of May 2018.


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