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New module to encourage therapy though photography


Robert Gordon University (RGU) has announced a new training course for Health and Social Care practitioners with an interest in using photography to build a therapeutic relationship with clients.

Faculty of Health and Social Care BuildingThe Therapeutic Photography module will teach the underpinning principles of this new approach, look at its benefits and demonstrate how practitioners can use it in their practice.

The 12-week online course will launch in January and is being delivered by RGU’s School of Applied Social Studies.

Senior Lecturer Neil Gibson said: “Therapeutic Photography is the practice of encouraging clients to explore issues relevant to themselves by taking photographs and talking about how, why and what they have included in the image.

“By visually communicating issues, people become able to explore sensitive issues, learn from others and give feedback to enhance self-efficacy. This approach puts the client in control of the information they wish to share, which can therefore enhance the level of disclosure.

“While being a useful therapeutic tool, it is also fun, enabling social and personal exploration in a safe and supportive environment.”

The module will cover topics including:

•        The four domains of therapeutic photography

•        The theory of the self

•        Self-esteem and self-efficacy

•        Attachment theory in images

•        Photovoice

Applications for the module are now open.

More information about RGU’s Therapeutic Photography module is available here.

Release by Jonathon Milne
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