This webinar will examine the history, rationale, theories, and techniques of using creativity and the creative arts in counseling. Particular attention will be given to the visual and verbal arts, such as drawing, imagery, photography, cartooning, cinema, movement, dance, literature, stories, writing, drama, and music. Each of these forms—individually and in combination—is helpful in sensitizing counselors and clients to the world around them and the world within themselves
- Give participants a sense of history for how creativity and the creative arts have been used in counseling and counseling related activities, such as promoting wellness.
- Give participants a rationale for using creativity and the creative arts in counseling.
- Demonstrate to participants how the visual arts, music, drama, writing, and movement, can be used in counseling throughout the life span.
Samuel T. Gladding is a professor in the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a fellow in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its former president. He has also served as president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, Chi Sigma Iota, and three ACA divisions: the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). He is an ASGW fellow and the former editor of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work. He has made a number of films and written numerous books, including a text on creative arts in counseling. Dr. Gladding received his degrees from Wake Forest, Yale, and UNC-Greensboro. Before becoming a counselor educator, he worked fulltime as a clinician in a rural mental health center and was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He is married to Claire Tillson Gladding and the father of three grown children.