Puppetry and Therapy

18 & 19 feb 2017 / Weekend / £95 / PERFORMING

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 and runs a regular group for teenagers in care experiencing mental health issues, and an intensive summer project for at-risk children transitioning from primary to secondary school. 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 youth-led group Art in 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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