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Healing Journeys: Digital Storytelling with Service User Educators

  • Julie Walters
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Abstract

Walters is an occupational therapy educator who is also a psychiatric system survivor. In this chapter, she discusses her experience with, and interest in, digital storytelling as an explicitly therapeutic activity. She draws on her own cathartic encounter making a digital story about her own illness experience and includes insights from storytellers who have taken part in digital storytelling workshops she helped make happen in partnership with the Patient Voices Programme. It also offers some thoughts on what makes digital stories explicitly therapeutic, using an application of the terms distillation and amplification to begin to explain the processes that happen within workshops and as a result of them.

The stories created as part of this project can be viewed on the Patient Voices website at http://www.patientvoices.org.uk/shu.htm.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Walters
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  1. 1.Faculty of Health and WellbeingSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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