Person Centred Creativity (PCC) is a remarkable twelve year collaboration between artists, counsellors and a social worker. It is a unique, incredibly successful, initiative.
From humble beginnings it has become a nationally renowned project which is recognised as being at the forefront of health, arts and wellbeing.
PCC combines creativity with a Person Centred approach (as per Carl Rogers). Creativity is defined as a wide range of arts and crafts skills as well as imagination, play, fun and intelligence. Person Centred work emphasises listening skills, empathy and seeks to achieve co-production and self knowledge.
PCC is offered as a three day training course for health and care professionals (management and staff), artists, creatives, and those interested in developing wellbeing programmes and creative care plans.
It is also offered as ongoing workshops for groups of clients, these have included: excluded school children, refugees, clients with mild to medium mental health issues, hospital ward settings, victims of domestic abuse, and many more.
PCC has proven its effectiveness in all these areas, and supports the definition of well-being as expressed in the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.
FOR PREVENTION AND RECOVERY
Creativity for Prevention and Recovery offers young vulnerable people the opportunity to explore coping mechanisms in a safe environment. Our trained facilitators use a Person-Centred Creativity approach to enable young people to feel in control of the process and to support them throughout.
WORKING CREATIVELY ON THE THERAPEUTIC BORDER
We prioritise working with people who, for different reasons, we believe, would benefit from Person-Centred Creativity: for example, people who have mental health problems such as anxiety, stress or depression, people that have experienced trauma, people who feel isolated and lonely, and people who are experiencing a physical illness or long-term health condition.
PERSON-CENTRED CREATIVITY AND MINDFULNESS
There are many similarities between the creative arts and mindfulness. Both practices help us to lose ourselves in the moment, increase our awareness and give us an opportunity to find a new perspective; both the creative process and mindfulness meditation are therapeutic and can help us through difficult times.
“ …the holistic experience that people feel when they act with total involvement.” (Mihály Csikszentmihalyi, 1975)
In Positive Psychology, ‘flow’, also known as ‘zone’, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
Positive Psychology has developed from Humanistic Psychology, from Psychologists such as Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. Dr Martin Seligman, co-founder of Positive Psychology, looks at interventions that improve the wellbeing of individuals rather than simply treating the disorder.
Within the Health and Care sectors of the Welsh NHS there is a radical transformation occurring. For the foreseeable future Health and Care workers and other professionals’ lives will be caught up in the turbulent confluence of two great mythical doctrines – one that is dying out, and a new one being born.