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Published in Journal of Creativity in Mental Health 2:2 (2007), pp. 47-58; doi: 10.1300/J456v02n02_06 Copyright © 2007 The Haworth Press. Used by permission.


Counselors providing treatment within the juvenile justice system encounter numerous challenges that are inherent in working with this population. One of the challenges includes providing treatment to adolescents who are entering the juvenile justice system with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Given the challenges, creative interventions that enhance client motivation and the therapeutic relationship are especially needed. The purpose of this article is to propose a creative intervention that may enhance the therapeutic relationship, increase client investment in treatment. and facilitate client self-disclosure. A case illustration will be used to illustrate the intervention.