Swimming in Counseling Creativity: Three Ideas to Avoid the Alligators and Boost Your Innovation

  • John McCarthy, PhD, NCC

    A counselor's professional life is filled with opportunities for creative thinking (CT) and creative problem-solving (CPS), a domain that some people may find challenging. This workshop examines recent research related to creativity and obstacles to CT and CPS before reviewing techniques and ideas related to idea generation applicable to various counseling roles.

    Objectives

    1. Describe the importance of CT and CPS for educational and mental health professionals.
    2. Discuss major findings from recent research on creativity.
    3. Employ three idea generation techniques applicable to professionals counselors.

    Target Audience: Clinical personnel, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators, criminal justice professionals, health care professionals.

    Intermediate level. CE credits offered = 1.5 contact hours.