Clay Therapy Research Project

Date published: 6 Jun 2013

Posted by: Joe Pick

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A large grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council has been secured for a 3 year project looking at the use various art forms in mutual recovery.

The idea of ‘mutual recovery’ extends from increasingly influential notion of ‘recovery’ in mental health care which refers to the possibility of achieving a meaningful, more resilient and self-reliant life irrespective of mental health ‘symptoms’ or disabilities.  Mutual recovery is more inclusive, looking beyond an exclusive focus on service user mental health needs and considering that hard-pressed informal carers and health, social care and adult education personnel working in this field may also need to ‘recover’ or be ‘recovered’ in terms of their own mental health and well-being.

Read about the study on the University of Wolverhampton website

We are looking for people who practice clay therapy or use clay therapeutically in their work.  The project is being led by Dr Gary Winship at the University of Nottingham.  This study will sit alongside work looking into the use other art forms (music, photography etc.) where art is used to progress recovery.

Please complete our survey to register your interest in the project.

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This study will continue the work of the Clay Transformations project, an innovative research project based at the University of Nottingham which investigated the therapeutic effects of using clay in work with teenagers dealing with feelings of anger, anxiety and depression.

You can download a document with further information about the project and its background at the end of this post.