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Creative Art in Group: Pedagogical Implications for Integration in Group Counseling Courses
Rebecca L. Koltz and Melissa A. Odegard
Counseling literature and research has suggested that creative art has many benefits in the group counseling setting (Dee, Perkins, & Oden, 2004; Denton, 2006; Korlin, Nyback, and Goldberg, 2000; Odegard & Koltz, 2008; Rogers, 1993; Sommers- Flanagan, 2007); however, absent are detailed accounts of how to approach this in a group counseling context. The need for increased experiential learning, particularly in didactic courses, has led to the increase in the number of creative art activities implemented in classroom work (Gibson, 2007). The authors will address the definition of creative art, discuss pedagogical implications for integrating creative arts within a group counseling course, and provide a description of a creative art activity- “What’s in the Bag”- to integrate during class.