In "The Creative Therapist", Bradford Keeney makes the case that 'creativity is the most essential aspect of vibrant, meaningful, and successful therapy'. No matter what therapeutic orientation one practices, it must be awakened by creativity in order for the session to come alive. This book presents a theoretical framework that provides an understanding of how to go outside habituated ways of therapy in order to bring forth new and innovative possibilities. A basic structure for creative therapy, based on the outline of a three-part theatrical play is also set forth. With these frameworks, practical guidelines detail how to initiate and implement creative contributions to any therapeutic situation.
Erickson, Preface. Introduction: Therapy: Dead or Alive? Part I: Bringing it Forth. Theatre of Creative Transformation. Three-act Therapeutic Performances. In-and-Out-of-the-Box Musings. Part II: Awakening a Session. "Man of Plenty." "A Night in the Love Corral." "Weight-ing to Leave." "Cody." "Pea Shooter Love." "Seaman's Song for His Son." "Spiritual Eyes for Trance." "Making the News." "Magmore." Part III: "Therapy of Therapy." Christine Apple Nut's Theatre of Therapy. The Psychoanalyst Who Wanted to be a Priest. Funny Medicines for Children. Absurd Action Koans for Therapists. The Therapeutic Crossroads.