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Creativity ?


Anyone can be creative. Without it we couldn't adapt to a new situation or the unknown. I worked for more than a decade as a Music and Arts therapist in Australia in the 1980's with traumatised teens and adult professionals. Part of the work was to conduct clinical research into 'Creativity' to formalise therapeutic use in Public Health systems across the globe.

The work focused on using Arts as an alternate means of communication for trauma victims. Typically severely abused teens that could not be treated by existing psychiatric or medical means.

They were all creative, not because of the trauma, but because creativity is normal.

Whether this creative Art becomes the stuff of which is hung on a wall like a fine Art painting, is a different matter.

A child's painting can be hung on a domestic fridge and still be Art. It may not be of investment value to Art collectors, but will surely be important to the family and child.

In clinical studies we found Creativity can heal, in a medical sense. At times heal when prescribed medication can not.

In some clinical studies I was involved in, healing was achieved in the first one hour session. The healing was sustained for months without further sessions. In some cases it 'cured' physically, in the strict medical sense, where hospital treatments had failed. We weren't too sure why, but the results were conclusive.

Often the Art worked in a cathartic manner. Providing the sufferer an avenue to release the suffering, where conventional avenues were inadequate. Putting suffering into words generally re-traumatises the sufferer, compounding the suffering.

Alternatively, a painting or music work may express and communicate the suffering, by-passing the cognitive spoken/written process. I presented many many hundreds of artworks to Courts and medical staff in clinical cases throughout my arts therapy career. None were in doubt about the degree of suffering by the sufferer and in most cases the source of the suffering, for instance, a traumatic event with details such as the identity of a criminal abuser, were made clear, without a word being spoken.

In the clinical studies the normal cognitive process of information gathering and legal statements, witness statements etc were also employed in the process and confirmed the Creative communication, to the satisfaction of the Courts and formal medical staff.

The Creative activity was always validated, beyond a simple leisure or decorative activity, to a profound level of healing and legal demonstration.

I'll be presenting some detailed case studies of these programs, called The Creative Release Of Suffering, in the CybaFaeries and WolfDragons book (expected draft early 2017).

Disclaimer: These treatments were conducted under strict formal Medical supervision with the express legal permission and wishes of patients and their suitably qualified Doctors, with the ongoing observation of United Nations Human Rights officials. Under no circumstance should a sufferer presume simply playing some music or drawing a picture will heal or cure them of their suffering. There may be underlying medical conditions contributing to health issues which may need to be addressed through other means.