Fostering Creativity in Rehabilitation


Series: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
BISAC: MED073000

The rehabilitation professions are under pressure to innovate in order to deliver services to a growing market of increasingly savvy consumers. These consumers are no longer limited to their conventional care choices and have access to quality online resources for many of their needs. Rehabilitation professionals’ pressures are compounded by increased productivity demands, technical information overload, and increasing risks for professional burnout. In short, rehabilitation is in need of rehabilitation in order to transition into the next generation of health care delivery.

Unfortunately innovation and creativity have not been, nor are they now, in the curriculums of these professions. The schools continue to churn out graduates doing what has been done before, and current providers are admonished by their professional organizations to practice only what has high level research evidence to support the practice. Meanwhile, veteran professionals as both employees and owners find themselves faced with the acute need to innovate in order to survive and flourish. This book fills the critical void in knowledge and application of how to best transform both the individual and the organizations that are responsible for professional practice, education, and policy.

The book begins by examining the emerging science behind individual and organizational creativity, along the way dispelling many myths such as that of the lone genius. Grounded in that context, creativity is described in its role as the hallmark of both clinical mastery and patient values within a practice of evidence-based medicine. A candid description of why rehabilitation professions have been slow to innovate further supports how both individuals and organizations (schools, state, and national organizations, etc.) can begin the necessary transformations. Such transformations would not only solve acute situational stressors, but the book also shares how such changes are critical for developing systemic sustainability for everyone from the one-person professional practice to the largest organizations.

Challenges specific to each rehabilitation profession are then described within case reports from most of the rehabilitation professions. The reports demonstrate how a colleague of that profession has overcome those challenges in a manner that offers real world examples for applying the relevant principles. The book closes with a workbook-like breakout of chapters on taking action to create both personal and organizational novel expressions of our respective vocational call to ease the suffering of others. Working through these practical exercises will allow for the emergence of our patients’, our personal, and our professions’ best possible futures. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Part I: Creativity — Past and Present

Chapter 1. Historical Review of Creativity in Rehabilitation and Today‘s Need for Creativity
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ)

Chapter 2. The Need for Creativity from the Patient‘s Perspective
Matthew Sanford, MA (Mind Body Solutions, Minnetonka, MN)

Part II: A New Understanding of Creativity

Chapter 3. A New Understanding of Creativity
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD and Alfonso Montuori, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ and others)

Chapter 4. Creativity and Evidence-Based Medicine
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ)

Chapter 5. Systemic Limitations on Creativity in Academia and Professional Associations
Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, GCFP (Nazareth College, Rochester, NY)

Chapter 6. The Role of Relationship and Creativity
Ginger Garner, PT, ATC (Professional Yoga Therapy, Emerald Isle, NC)

Chapter 7. Creativity, Struggle and Sustainability
Cheryl Van Demark, PT, MA (Health In Motion, Chino Valley, AZ)

Chapter 8. The Implementation of Creativity
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ)

Part III: Case Reports from Creators in Rehabilitation

Chapter 9. Occupational Therapy
Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO)

Chapter 10. Physical Therapy
Mary Lou Galantino, PT, PhD, MS, MSCE Professor,Physical Therapy (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Galloway, NJ)

Chapter 11. A Fractured Path
Sara M. Meeks, PT, MS, GCS (Sara Meeks Seminars, Gainesville, FL)

Chapter 12. Speech and Language Pathology
Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, MA-CCC (Social Thinking, San Jose, CA)

Chapter 13. Nursing
Carey S. Clark, PhD, RN, AHN-BC (University of Maine at Augusta, Augusta, ME)

Chapter 14. Nutrition
Beverly Price, RD, MA, E-RYT (Inner Door Center, Royal Oak, MI)

Chapter 15. Art Therapy
Renée van der Vennet PhD, LCAT, LMHC, ATR-BC, CGP (Creative Arts Therapy, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY)

Chapter 16. Recreational Therapy
Marieke Van Puymbroeck, PhD, CTRS, FDRT (Recreational Therapy Coordinator, Clemson University, Clemson, SC)

Chapter 17. Music Therapy
Robin Rio MA, MT-BC (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ)

Chapter 18. Dance/Performance Rehabilitation
Staffan Elgelid, PT, PhD, GCFP (Nazareth College, Rochester, NY)

Chapter 19. Women‘s Health
Diana Munger, PT, DPT (Desert Physical Therapy, Phoenix, AZ)

Chapter 20. Social Work
Jennifer Collins Taylor, MSW and Charles Trull PhD (Living Life Dying Death, Scottsdale, AZ and others)

Chapter 21. Psychology
Sari Roth-Roemer, Ph.D. (Intuitive Psychology, PLC, Scottsdale, AZ)

Chapter 22. Guided by the Muse into the Uncertain
Cheryl Van Demark, PT, MA (Health In Motion, Chino Valley, AZ)

Chapter 23. Career Transitions and New Horizons
Jerry Gillon, PT, ATC, OCS (Betty and Bobo’s Bakery, Cedar Rapids, IA)

Chapter 24. The Work Begins
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ)

Chapter 25. Domain Practices to Prime for Creativity
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ)

Chapter 26. Improvising New Actions
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ)

Chapter 27. Recreating the Larger Rehabilitation Community: Small Offices to Institutions
Matthew J. Taylor, PT, PhD (Matthew J. Taylor Institute, Scottsdale, AZ)


The audiences would include:
a. Graduate students and faculty of the listed professions
b. Clinic, hospital and private practices resource library and administrative managers.
c. Individual post-grads for professional/business development
d. Continuing education course reading materials
Subject areas and job functions/non-rehab professionals: Business and professional development segments of graduate courses; creating new programming, markets and products for individuals and organizations; continuing education faculty to support specific courses on innovation; entrepreneur’s self-improvement; outreach directors and PR programmers; professional association programmers.
Professions: Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Speech and Language Pathology; Respiratory Therapy; Nursing; Recreational Therapy; Music Therapy; Dance/Performance Therapy; Art Therapy; Psychology/Mental Health; Nutrition/Dietetics; Social Work; Chiropractics; Bodyworkers; Athletic Trainers.

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