Applying Creativity in Practice

  • Tony Gillam
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


Building on the understanding of creativity and wellbeing developed in preceding chapters, this chapter clarifies how creativity can be applied to mental health practice. It addresses two aspects of the question: how to apply concepts of creativity to one’s own discipline and how to incorporate creative arts within practice. Themes of evidence-based practice, person- centred care, collaboration and caring lead towards a concept of creative mental health care. The meaning and role of creativity are explored along with risk-taking, improvisation, characteristics of creative mental health practitioners and barriers to creative practice. Incorporating creative arts within practice is examined, the benefits for practitioners and the role of improvisation in individual work, groupwork and team work. Finally, a new model of creative mental health care is outlined.


Creativity applied to mental health practice Creative arts Evidence-based practice Person-centred care Collaboration and caring Risk-taking Improvisation Characteristics of creative mental health practitioners Barriers to creative practice Individual work Groupwork Teamwork Model of creative mental health care 


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  • Tony Gillam
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  1. 1.University of WolverhamptonWest MidlandsUK

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