TSU psychologists are developing new forms of creative therapy and carrying out basic research to answer questions about the utility, effectiveness, and originality of creative forms of psychological help. They are collaborating with Mick Cooper and John McLeod, well-known scientists from Great Britain.
The research of the TSU psychologists has shown that creative therapy is useful in overcoming the deficit of presence: lack of time, lack of creativity (boredom), lack of initiative of goodwill (claims to yourself, others, and the world).
- Effective therapy requires the active participation of the client, - says Oleg Lukyanov, Doctor of Psychology. - In this regard, at the end of the 20th century, the idea of therapeutic spaces began to develop. In these spaces, the psychological activity of the person is catalyzed, intensified, and transformed. I don’t give you something, but you do something in my presence. However, there is a question, How do we prove the effectiveness of these forms of work? After all, we cannot subjugate the meaning of such work to generalized and predetermined criteria, goals, and values.
The effectiveness of therapy is evaluated with the help of a method of evaluating significant events. This involves the activity of clients in determining the criteria of the significance of the goals and effectiveness of actions. Thus, the researcher receives sufficiently objective characteristics of subjective reality, and evidence of the usefulness, uniqueness, and originality in the experience of the renewal of life.
Today the usefulness of creative therapy was proven in such aspects as work with confusion and distrust (alienation), and with unproductive anxiety caused by delusions, excessive doubts about abilities, desires, and ideas.
Clients of creative therapy seminars noted the following beneficial effects: activity and involvement in the process, overcoming the prejudices of weakness ("I can not"), surprise, discovery, production of new ideas in the process of performing tasks, proactive actions, the appearance of art in everyday life, renewal, and the willingness to take action.