Starting from Scratch: Co-production with dramatherapy in a Recovery College

Critchley, Andy and Dokter, Ditty and Odell-Miller, Helen and Power, Nicki and Sandford, Stephen (2019) Starting from Scratch: Co-production with dramatherapy in a Recovery College. Dramatherapy, 40 (2). pp. 63-80. ISSN 2157-1430

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This piece of writing has focused on the first stage of creating a co-production arts wing of the Recovery College and is written with the intention of demonstrating the practical value of a dramatherapy and ‘experts by experience’ collaboration. It includes an introduction to ‘recovery’ and the contemporary NHS guidelines for a Recovery College. The first four classes of co-production in action with a dramatherapist are described with feedback from students. Followed by a sharing of the evolution of this process into three new courses leading to a workshop, performance and exhibition on World Mental Health Day. It also includes a BASIC Ph evaluation analysis of group work through the three courses run in collaboration with a dramatherapist at the Recovery College. The following questions are addressed by the evaluation – Can dramatherapy effectively support the co-production process? Can these co-production situations be creatively defined and described by their participants? The conclusions are that dramatherapy lends itself to collaborative work. Service users share languages of resilience and, through forming social networks, improve in confidence and self-esteem.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: co-production, dramatherapy, experts by experience, mental health, NHS, psycho-education, Recovery College, resilience, service users/students
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 28 May 2019 08:55
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:54

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