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  Oct 01, 2023
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Creativity Studies Certificate

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Certificate Lead: Terri Goslin-Jones, PhD

Sponsored by: Creativity Studies Specialization


A complex and fast changing world demands new and creative approaches in a wide variety of professional areas including counseling, business, coaching, education, government, health on and social transformation. Understanding the dynamics of creativity can enhance professional growth and personal well-being. There is a vital role for creativity studies in making the most of our self-awareness and furthering our human potential. The certificate in Creativity Studies is designed to understand the history, research, and to apply creativity studies to the student’s professional field of study. This Certificate will give students a broad understanding of creativity research and allow students and non-degree individuals to pursue specific areas of interest.

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the Certificate, students will be able to…

  1. Delineate their own conceptions about creativity based on the literature and their own experience.
  2. Discuss their individual creative process and factors that have stimulated or inhibited their creativity in the past.
  3. Discuss potential factors (e.g., personal, social, transpersonal) that might encourage or discourage creativity.
  4. Give examples of biological, psychological, and social factors that play a role in what society calls “creatives,” and how creative one can be.
  5. Explain differences between creativity in everyday life and eminent creativity.
  6. Describe whether creativity has a distinctly different quality in different domains of activity (e.g., arts vs. sciences).
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of ways in which questions of interest on creativity have been researched, including through qualitative and quantitative methods.
  8. Explain several ways in which students might enhance creativity in their own particular area of interest at both the individual and societal level.
  9. Teach basic information about creativity to individuals or groups.
  10. Conduct a theoretical exploration of a particular area of creativity studies, and defend one’s approach and conclusions.
  11. Know how to create a peer group for sharing, support, or engaging in group creative activities.
  12. Design, implement, and evaluate an application of what has been learned in a particular area.
  13. Discover new and unexpected things about the nature of creativity and about oneself.
  14. Take a creative risk and have some fun!


  • CS 4500  Dimensions of Creativity
  • CS 4510  Perspectives on Creativity
  • CS 8151  Practicum/Project (Presentation during Saybrook Residential Conference)
  • CS 8950  Integrative Paper/Seminar

Choice of 2 electives directly related to creativity.

  • CS 3010  Arts-Based Inquiry
  • CS 4520  Art and Healing
  • CS 6606  Introduction to Expressive Arts
  • CS 7067  Organizational Creativity
  • CSIH 3160  Personal Mythology and Dreamwork
  • CS 4525  Poetry and Holistic Health
  • Or an independent study based on student interests

College of Social Sciences Certificate Programs

Saybrook University’s College of Social Sciences offers a number of exciting certificate programs intended for non-matriculating students (e.g., professionals, activists, community leaders/organizers, etc.) who want to expand or deepen their knowledge and skills pertaining to specific foci.  Our certificate programs offer a variety of topics relevant in today’s world. From existential psychology to integrative healthcare, the College of Social Sciences certificates offer students the humanistic and interdisciplinary education students desire in a convenient certificate program.

Delivery Model

All entering students will begin their program in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty in order to clarify requirements and ensure that their interests are integrating within their learning experience. Students can change their study plan later, but need to make an initial plan at the outset, including a tentative plan for a one-year enrollment for those individuals not enrolled in a Saybrook degree program. Typically, certificate requirements can be completed within one to two years (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details). Students progress through certificate requirements through a combination of on-line cohort courses and either face-to-face experientials during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance platforms such as video-conference or conference calls. Additionally, students participate in online Graduate Colloquia shells, which are virtual classrooms utilized to foster community among all enrolled in specializations that sponsor the certificates; deepening the learning environment and broadening the application of theory and practice.

These certificates are available to degree and non-degree students alike. Non-degree students who subsequently pursue a degree at Saybrook may be able to transfer credits toward degree requirements.  Students formally enrolled in one of Saybrook’s degree programs may be able to integrate the certificate into their program as the certificate course requirement may satisfy either specialization requirements and/or degree electives.  In the event that a doctoral student wishes to complete more than one Certificate program, only one course (3 credits) may be counted toward a second Certificate. No course overlap may occur for fulfillment of a third (or more) Certificate. In addition, fulfillment of each Certificate requires completion of a unique practicum (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8151: 3 credits) as well as a unique final paper (CSIH/CS/EHTP/TSC 8950: 1 credit). No overlap of required Certificate coursework will be permitted for M.A. students who wish to declare more than one Certificate.

Core Components

Though each certificate is specific to the area of focus, there are general Core Components or expectations.

  • Required course(s) (3 credits each)
  • Choice of Electives (3 credits each) to be determined in consultation with the Certificate Lead Faculty
  • Practicum/Project (3 credits) which is individually designed by the student in consultation with Practicum Instructor based on his or her interests and goals. This may involve related theory, research, and/or practical application. Several Certificates require the presentation of the Practicum/Project during a Saybrook Residential Conference and/or at-a-distance presentation through video conference platforms such as Go To Meeting or Skype (see Certificate Lead Faculty for more details).
  • Integrative Paper/Seminar (1 credit) which can be a capstone paper, professional poster presentation, or mini-project designed to allow reflection, assessment of progress, integration of experience and academic learning, and forward projection into how one will use these learnings and skills. It also invites a look into other competencies one might still wish to add. (Not all certificates require an integrative paper).


  • Applied Consciousness Studies
  • Arts and Self-Expression for Health and Wellbeing
  • Building A Sustainable World
  • Community Health & Development
  • Complex Trauma & The Health Process
  • Creativity Studies
  • Death, Loss, and Meaning
  • Dream Studies
  • Foundations in Existential-Humanistic Practice
  • Multiculturalism and Social Justice
  • Organizational Leadership & Transformation
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Professional Studies in Psychophysiology
  • Socially Engaged Spirituality
  • Stress Management Education
  • Transpersonal Psychology

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