The Therapeutic Use of Photographs: Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age An evening webinar with Del Loewenthal Online, 11 February 2020 (Tuesday) 6:00pm - 8:30pm, London, UK time
Being a visual medium, photography would seem like a natural contender for therapeutic use and yet, its potential has been sparingly explored in clinical studies till now. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in Phototherapy techniques – especially for clients who are unfamiliar with therapy and those who find it easier to communicate through visual aids. The field is especially relevant today, in an era of smartphones where a visual narrative of the client’s feelings, memories, reactions and thoughts exists as a series of photographs – potentially available to share with the therapist as a catalyst for therapeutic communication. At this interesting and contemporary online webinar, Professor Del Loewenthal introduces us to the concepts, essential tenets and basic techniques of Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography. Through discussions and case vignettes, he explains how we can effectively use these techniques as useful adjuncts to our primary modalities. He illustrates how the Therapeutic Use of Photographs has been found to be helpful across age ranges – from young people who may be adept at using social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to elderly clients who can usefully reminisce through photographs. He demonstrates how we can use these techniques both with the help of photocards, ‘selfies’ / portraiture, photobooks and action plans, as well as by taking photographs. Learning objectives: Develop skills in using photography therapeutically to facilitate emotional learning Understand the history of, and be able to distinguish, phototherapy from therapeutic photography Examine the advantages and disadvantages of using photographs for emotional learning in a variety of contexts including voluntary organisations, private practice, schools, prisons and management / organisational development About the speaker Del Loewenthal is Emeritus Professor of Psychotherapy and Counselling, and former Director of the Research Centre for Therapeutic Education in the Department of Psychology at the University of Roehampton. He is an existential-analytic psychotherapist, chartered counselling psychologist and photographer. Del has published extensively, including Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography in a Digital Age (Routledge 2013), and has since carried out Phototherapy and Therapeutic Photography workshops in North and South America, Africa, Australasia and continental Europe.
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