About the Session:
Society is in need of highly accessible means through which well-being can be improved. Meaning-making has been repeatedly cited as a central component in promoting individual well-being. It can be argued that the processes involved in making meaning are in line with the established definition of creativity in that it involves a novel and effective interpretation of events. Theoretical similarities exist between creativity and systems thinking, which suggests there may be a relationship between these processes. Building on the pilot study resulting in the proposal of the Protective Creativity Model, which provided preliminary evidence of the benefits of creative engagement, this work in progress aims to further explore the relationship between creative engagement and systems thinking with meaning-making and well-being.
Hillary Jones completed an Honours BA in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour at McMaster University, Hamilton ON and subsequently completed an MSc in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University, Wolfville NS. Her masters thesis proposed the Protective Creativity Model, which she is now continuing to develop through her PhD in Psychological Science at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay ON.