Person-Centred Creativity by Nick Clements, Rhys Hughes and Katja Stiller
“This is a rich book, informed by solid theoretical research but illuminated by the experience of what works, and what delivers practical results.”
Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales
“This important book comes as a breath of fresh air, in the world of service and workforce development.”
Nick Andrews, Research and Practice Development Officer, Swansea University
An Introduction to Person-Centred Creativity (PCC)
Person-Centred Creativity (PCC) 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.
This book is a comprehensive guide to the unique process of Person-Centred Creativity, which has been developed over a ten-year period by three practitioners at Valley and Vale Community Arts in Wales. The book explains the history and content of their work, the theory behind their practice, and the exercises they use, all of which are contextualised by using practitioner quotes, case studies and anecdotes. It is a celebration of ten years of cutting edge practice.
By documenting and reflecting on this practice, the aim is to inspire artists, health professionals and other practitioners who work in the care professions to use creativity as part of their work. Anyone can use the activities, you do not need to be a skilled artist. PCC is an intentioned interventional practice which has dramatically affected those participating, both facilitators and participants.
The PCC process is in accord with the current emphasis in social care on outcome-focussed work and co-operative interventions with citizens. PCC explores the nature of a supporting relationship, and looks to promote wellbeing, not illness.
Too frequently care packages and care plans focus upon physical need and service-led outcomes; meeting an individual’s wider aspirations has not been seen as part of the statutory remit. The inclusion of wellbeing as a key element in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 clearly identifies an extension to traditional ways of working. The definition of wellbeing within the Act is broad and encompasses a range of activities well beyond the parameters of care. The Act calls for outcome-focussed care, collaborative practice and co-production, with an emphasis on the importance of the caring relationship. PCC has a role to play in promoting these aspirations.