Positive Impact of Creativity & Storytelling

Clinical Supervision Topic of the Month –

In May, we will explore the impact and possibilities of integrating creativity into social work practice.

We will consider the research and discuss the findings of a recent study conducted in a collaboration between NAMI and the Adobe Foundation.

Recent research conducted by the Adobe Foundation and NAMI sheds light on the potent benefits of creative activities, particularly for young people and the LGBTQ+ community. Engaging in artistic pursuits such as learning jazz piano, painting, singing, collage art, writing poetry, etc…can serve as a powerful tool for alleviating stress and fostering a sense of agency and empowerment.

Their findings show the power & positive impact of creativity, storytelling, and creative expression on the mental health of youth and adults, especially LGBTQ+ youth and adults, and many marginalized communities.

Participating in creative endeavors within communities is a great way to bolster social support, reduce isolation, increase connections, and acceptance. 

I will be anxious to hear from supervisees about their experiences with creative expression, how they bring creativity into their social work practice, and how they encourage their clients to find outlets for creative expression.