Puppetry and Therapy

Weekend 28 & 29 April 2018 / £105 (£94.50 conc) / CREATING

‘A REALLY VALUABLE COURSE WITH A GOOD BALANCE OGF THEORY AND PRACTICE. I LEAVE WITH A VARIED TOOLBOX OF IDEAS TO PUT INTO USE.’

‘ALL OF IT WAS USEFUL!  IT WAS FAB.’

This course is an introduction to working with puppets in a therapeutic environment, with particular focus on work in mental health.

A mixture of practical work and discussion, we will cover why puppets work for therapy, storytelling as a therapeutic process, story starters for working with young people, some suggestions for simple puppet designs and the basics of puppet technique to bring them to life, developing personal stories through puppetry, using mask work, and film and animation as a therapeutic storytelling tool.

We will also look at effective techniques for measuring outcomes in this work, and using puppets for qualitative evaluation.

The course will be led by Darren East and Beccy Smith. Together they run TouchedTheatre, through which they have been leading therapeutic puppetry and film workshops for more than five years. Touched has a long term partnership with Child and Adolescent Mental Health services in Brighton and Hove, running regular workshops for young poplin their care. Their work with these groups was shortlisted for the national Children and Young People Now! Awards 2015 in the Culture category. Touched have also run projects for MIND and Darren has led the puppetry course for Sussex Recovery College for adults with personal experience of mental health challenges.

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