Photography shows us how to look at things from different perspectives, to reflect, to communicate and to express ourselves in a way that goes beyond words. The creative and introspective qualities of this accessible arts medium make it an ideal tool for use in therapeutic contexts.
In this book, Claire Craig explores how professionals working with groups can use photography to promote self-exploration and positive change. She explains how the technique works, who it can help, and how to set up and run a group. Each chapter revolves around a key self-development theme, such as communication, reflection, relationship-building and self-esteem, and contains activities which are suitable for all ages and abilities. For each activity, requirements are clearly specified, and both a warm-up and extension activity offered. Along the way, examples of photographs taken by participants in response to particular themes, and the explanations which accompany them, are provided as inspiration.
This practical guide can be used in group work across a broad range of contexts, including in schools, colleges, youth groups, community settings, residential care, in-patient and day hospitals. It will be of interest to occupational therapists, arts therapists, social workers, teachers and any other practitioners interested in ways of promoting personal development through creative means.
Preface. Introduction. Part 1. 1. Why Photography. 2. What Photography Can Offer. 3. Establishing and Facilitating Your Group. Part 2. 4. Images as Starting Points. 5. Images as Gateways to the Imagination. 6. Images as Communication. 7. Images as Relationship Builders. 8. Images as Tools for Reflection.9. Images and Self-Identity. 10. Images as Agents for Change. 11. Endings. 12. Where the Personal and Professional Meet. Conclusion: Looking to the Future. References. Resources and Further Reading. Appendix. Index
About the Author:
Claire Craig is a senior lecturer and researcher at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a qualified occupational therapist, specialising in working with older people and people with dementia. Her research interests have focused predominantly on the use of the arts in therapy, on self-management for people with dementia and on the implementation of a health promotion programme for older people called 'Lifestyle Matters'. She first became interested in taking pictures whilst studying her first degree in history at Oxford University and her enthusiasm for photography has grown from there. Claire has shared her ideas on photography both nationally and internationally, facilitating groups in the UK, Canada, Portugal and the Netherlands.