Einat Metzl, PHD, LMFT, ATR-BC is a licensed marital and family therapist (MFT) and a registered art therapist (ATR). She is a therapist in private practice and an associate professor at Loyola Marymount University’s graduate Marital Family Therapy / Art Therapy program. Einat is committed to expanding art therapy research and bridging our current paradigms of art therapy with related discipline. Her previous work explored the interwoven and collective knowledge of wellness connected to Art therapy, sex therapy, disaster mental health, resilience, play therapy, inter generational trauma, leadership and diversity, couples' therapy, and coping with loss.
Florida State University: Ph.D, Art Education / Art Therapy 2008
Loyola Marymount University: M.A., Marital and Family Therapy / Art Therapy 2005
University of Haifa: B.A., Psychology 2000
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This study hypothesized that creative thinking can help predict the process of resilience, manifested as subjective well-being despite exposure to adversity, either directly or with moderation of personality and demographic variables. Eighty survivors of hurricane Katrina who have lost their homes were asked to respond to measures of creative thinking, perception of adversity, well-being, a short personality inventory, and a demographic questionnaire. Supplementary qualitative exploration of 17 participants’ experiences augmented understanding within contextual framework. Findings suggest that originality and flexibility are significant predictors of well-being when personality traits and demographic variables are taken into account. Specifically, originality was found to be a significant predictor for extroversion, which was a significant predictor of life satisfaction measure. In addition, flexibility and originality were significant predictors of clinical stress and life satisfaction for the African American participants but not for the European American participants; originality and flexibility were also significant predictors of resilience for participants reporting greater income disparity. Triangulation of interviews with these findings further supports the notion that manifestations of creative thinking as resilience are likely moderated by SES, culture and social structure, and might be masked under condition of social privilege and prevalence of resources. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)
This exploration reviews current conceptualizations of resilience and creativity, suggesting important links between these two concepts, and offers a modified model for future research and applied clinical interventions. First, the authors examine four main models of resilience. Then, an overview of definitions and characteristics of creativity is presented in light of the resilience paradigm. Finally, an alternative model, which incorporates the role of personal creativity in processes of resilience, is presented with suggestions for practical applications to therapy work and future research.