Person-centred & Creativity
Historically, the 1952 conference on creativity that gathered representatives from various disciplines associated with creative arts, therapy and counselling, began to influence Rogers to write about creativity in person-centred approach (Rogers, 1961).
Rogers states that: “Investigations of the process of creativity, the conditions under which this process occurs, and the way in which it may be facilitated, are of the utmost importance.’’ (Rogers, 1961) Showing evidence that he considered the need for creativity together with the conditions and the way to handle these to create the therapeutic relationship with the clients.
Furthermore, Rogers (1961) described the creative process as “the emergence in action of the novel relational product, growing out of the uniqueness of the individual on the other hand, and the materials, events, people or circumstance of his life on the other” (Rogers, 1961).
These two extracts clearly bring the idea that Rogers sees creative process as involving two aspects, namely, a unique person, and his/her engagement and either the materials or any significant external factor that contributes to the end product, which inspires creativity in the non-verbal forms of therapy. Rogers (1961) subsequently outlined three basic conditions of constructive creativity. In summary, what he meant is that individuals tend to understand and find meaning in their life experiences. They create a reality through previous experiences, and if the therapists are creative, this might help their clients to understand themselves and their lives from different perspectives (Cain, 2010); with creative intervention providing a new and different platform for these.
(Extracted from Azizah Abdullah, 2015)