Video excerpts of the Key Ingredients

Video excerpts of the Key Ingredients

We are delighted to showcase our short videos which illustrate what we consider to be the eight key ingredients which underpin the design and rationale for the creative psychological therapy. The key ingredients have been formed from the results of our thematic synthesis of 76 articles referring to helpful factors in the treatment of depression across a range of NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) therapeutic interventions including CBT, counselling for depression, psychodynamic and arts psychotherapies. The helpful…

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Journal Article Published!

Journal Article Published!

Our first article for this research study has been published in Perspectives in Public Health, a link to which is below. The article details how we developed the framework for a new pluralistic ‘meta-approach’ of therapy for depression, based on; an interdisciplinary thematic synthesis of active ingredients, considered specific features implemented in therapy, and client-reported helpful factors considered to be the broad features or experiences in therapy from both talking therapies and creative approaches. This framework led to to the…

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Lights, camera, action

Lights, camera, action

This week the team worked with a film crew to capture the workshop in real time with genuine participants. We intend to provide visual examples of the key ingredients that underpin the design of the therapy, which we hope will be useful for practitioners who are interested in creative therapies, or for health care professionals who are interested in how our research findings have led to the creation of this intervention. The film will help narrate how creative practices can…

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Workshop design and rationale

Workshop design and rationale

To date the team have conducted experiential workshops for the creative psychological therapy both at Edge Hill and within Greater Manchester NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust. We are currently working hard to refine and update the workshop protocol and its key ingredients, incorporating participants and practitioner experiences and feedback from qualitative, quantitative and arts based data. If you are interested in how we have designed and conducted the workshops so far, or you are interested in the key ingredients that…

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Arts and Psychotherapy Event at Edge Hill University

Arts and Psychotherapy Event at Edge Hill University

The Arts For The Blues team recently presented their work at an exciting and inspirational Arts and Psychotherapy one day event at Edge Hill University featuring talks, workshops and performances. The event explored the contribution that the arts can make to one’s emotional wellbeing and mental health, and the relationship of the arts and psychotherapy. We explored how one field can support and celebrate the other, and together provide access to people in emotional distress from diverse sociopolitical backgrounds. The…

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