We propose that design thinking and design reasoning can play an important role in assisting the field of mental health as it explores what it means to move expertise beyond current health care settings. The clinical literature is comprised of three dominant modes of discussion: a) theory which explores and defines the healing process, b) techniques of psychotherapy, c) case studies by both clinicians and patients reporting on experiences of healing and recovery. Our book offers a fourth conversation which includes design reasoning as an established means for applying theory and research to mental health treatment and personal growth. Visit our book web site at http: //psychologysnewdesignscience.com
"Intellectual innovators cannot anticipate what will become of the seeds they sow, but I
think Donald Sch n would have been so pleased at this work.....These authors are refreshed by Sch n's ideas about the studio...and Sch n's ideas are refreshed by their work."
-Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauz Professor of the Social Studies of
Science and Technology, MIT.
""Psychology's New Design Science raises important questions for all sectors of human
understanding. Since physical forms influence and shape thought, we might ask how well we are doing ion designing evnironments that positively influence creativity and well-being in relation to new media."
-Shaun McNiff, University Professor, Lesley University, founder of the
Expressive Therapies Program.