Devised by Valley and Vale Community Arts, Person-Centred Creativity combines humanistic principles with a wide range of creative activities to improve participants’ self-awareness, self-esteem and wellbeing.
The ethos and value of Person-Centred Creativity is based on a belief that creativity is a powerful tool for individual and social change.
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.