An Overview of the Creative Process in the Treatment of Stuttering In June 1999, Division 4 sponsored the Sixth Annual Leadership conference in San Diego, entitled “The Creative Process in the Treatment of Stuttering.” Participants were challenged to be in control, yet flow with the process; to be certain, yet allow themselves to experience confusion; to analyze particulars, yet see ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2001
An Overview of the Creative Process in the Treatment of Stuttering
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  • Jennifer Barber Watson
    Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
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Article   |   January 01, 2001
An Overview of the Creative Process in the Treatment of Stuttering
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, January 2001, Vol. 11, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ffd11.1.3-a
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, January 2001, Vol. 11, 3-5. doi:10.1044/ffd11.1.3-a
In June 1999, Division 4 sponsored the Sixth Annual Leadership conference in San Diego, entitled “The Creative Process in the Treatment of Stuttering.” Participants were challenged to be in control, yet flow with the process; to be certain, yet allow themselves to experience confusion; to analyze particulars, yet see the whole; to grab hold of ideas, while hanging loose; to be active, yet operate in passive, receptive wonder; to be serious, yet playful and maintain a sense of humor, and to be intellectual while attending to intuitions. The integration of these seemingly dichotomous states and activities represents in part, according to Zinker (1977), the essence of the creative therapist. Over the course of 3 days, the conference participants explored the creative process as it applies to the assessment and treatment of stuttering. During this time, questions asked and explored including the following. What clinician characteristics are necessary to foster creativity in the treatment of stuttering? What client characteristics are necessary to foster creativity? How is creativity related to the process of change? How does setting influence creativity in stuttering treatment? How does one blend art and science in the treatment of stuttering?
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