Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing Groups - part 2

Ref: C2423083

Elizabeth Sarkany has been working as a Therapeutic Writing/Writing for Wellbeing practitioner for 12 years. She has special expertise in work with groups of people who identify as living with mental distress and/or mental illness. There will be 10 video-conferencing sessions. Session content will be summarised on Canvas, the WEA's digital learning platform. Sessions 1-6 will involve participants writing and learning experientially, through discussion and from the straightforward delivery of theory. We'll identify where you've reached in your learning/practitioner journey, consider reflective practice, and why metaphor and poetic form are so important. Elizabeth will introduce ideas from some of the theoretical frameworks that have informed her own work. During the final four sessions (7-10), learning will be based around students designing Writing for Wellbeing activities of their own and, as far as possible, delivering these to the group.

Additional information about this course

You will be invited to enrol for this course if you have completed the previous Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing Groups (1) course.

Course aim

This course is for people who are interested in continuing to explore the area of facilitating Writing for Wellbeing/Therapeutic Writing groups. It is open to students who have completed 'Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing groups (1)'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This is an advanced course for students with experience and skills in this subject
  • This course is for students who have already completed 'Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing Groups(1)'.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand the importance of reflective practice
  • Understand why metaphor matters and be able to structure a session around its use
  • Know about 'writing in form'
  • Have had a brief introduction to some of the theoretical ideas that can form the bedrock of thoughtful, solid practice in this field.
  • Have had the chance to design and reflect upon a writing for wellbeing activity of my own

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam to use our video learning platform, Zoom. You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas to receive resources and record your progress.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Facilitating Writing for Wellbeing Groups - part 2

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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