Facilitating creative
       activity
     Jennifer Creek
Aim of session
To give participants an opportunity to
 explore some of the ways in which
 the occupational therapist can u...
What is creativity?
• To create is to ‘make, form, or constitute for the
  first time or afresh’ (New Shorter Oxford
  Eng...
WFOT definition
Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with
  promoting health and well being through
  occupation...
The uniqueness of
    occupational therapy
is not only in its analysis of activity and ability to
   match this to client ...
Occupational therapy
A negotiated approach between the
 desires of the individual, the
 limitations or opportunities affor...
Everyday creativity
Represents a departure from the view of creativity
  as represented only in exceptional and rare
  acc...
Tao Te Ching

‘When his task is accomplished and his
  work done the people all say, “It
  happened to us naturally”’. (La...
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  1. 1. Facilitating creative activity Jennifer Creek
  2. 2. Aim of session To give participants an opportunity to explore some of the ways in which the occupational therapist can use her creativity to support the client’s creativity
  3. 3. What is creativity? • To create is to ‘make, form, or constitute for the first time or afresh’ (New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 1993). • To be creative is to have the ability to create, to be inventive or imaginative, to show imagination as well as routine skill (New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 1993). • Creativity is ‘a process as a result of which novelty is achieved’ (Stein 1974, p. 6). This novelty may be in form, appearance or relationship (Beeman 1990).
  4. 4. WFOT definition Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.
  5. 5. The uniqueness of occupational therapy is not only in its analysis of activity and ability to match this to client need… Surely occupational therapy in 1986 is less concerned with mere ‘occupation’ or ‘activity’ and is more about therapy and an individualized, person-centred approach? Many occupational therapists seem at a loss because they try to match activities and a fixed programme to the consumer rather than discovering what it is that a particular individual wishes to do, or even not to do! (Westland 1986)
  6. 6. Occupational therapy A negotiated approach between the desires of the individual, the limitations or opportunities afforded by their disability and external environments, and the skills and knowledge of the therapist (White 2007).
  7. 7. Everyday creativity Represents a departure from the view of creativity as represented only in exceptional and rare accomplishment such as was found in Mozart or Einstein. Everyday creativity also moves beyond traditional creative realms, such as the arts and the humanities. In everyday creativity, creativity is considered a quality or capability that is present to varying degrees in all human beings and that potentially manifests itself in virtually all aspects of daily life. (Hasselkuss 2002)
  8. 8. Tao Te Ching ‘When his task is accomplished and his work done the people all say, “It happened to us naturally”’. (Lao Tzu 1963
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