Association of Creativity in Counseling highlights GC’s Douglas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @sheridan.edu

Association of Creativity in Counseling highlights GC’s Douglas

For 14 years, Kristin Douglas has pioneered ways of providing first-rate counseling, with some creative flair.

As the Gillette College Director of Counseling and ADA Services, Douglas holds a Bachelor of Art in music, Master degrees in counseling psychology and counselor education, and music education, and now she is working on her Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision. Douglas’ work of creative counseling recently garnered the attention of the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC), a division of the American Counseling Association.

Douglas was highlighted as the ACC Member Spotlight in the association’s January newsletter. In the article, written by Marlise R. Lonn of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Douglas discusses her passion for serving others.

“My favorite creative intervention is whatever helps clients to share their own stories in a safe way, to make further sense of their own experiences, to invite insight, and to feel more comfortable in session with me,” Douglas was quoted as saying in the article.

Douglas’ work “has ranged from hospice bereavement care to agency settings and college counseling centers,” according to Lonn’s article.

“She continues to be fascinated by how quickly powerful emotions that may be too painful or cumbersome to put into words emerge in meaningful ways when people are able to process their struggles using music, story-telling, or visual media,” Lonn wrote.

In the article, Douglas said she draws inspiration from the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

“It serves as a reminder that one can see the good in life and can find beauty and meaning despite great suffering,” Lonn wrote. “A message of hope for counselors, and those we serve.”

Gillette College Counseling Services

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