Exploring the Self through Photography

Activities for Use in Group Work

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Photography shows us how to look at things from different perspectives, to reflect, to communicate and to express ourselves in a way that goes beyond words. The creative and introspective qualities of this accessible arts medium make it an ideal tool for use in therapeutic contexts.

In this book, Claire Craig explores how professionals working with groups can use photography to promote self-exploration and positive change. She explains how the technique works, who it can help, and how to set up and run a group. Each chapter revolves around a key self-development theme, such as communication, reflection, relationship-building and self-esteem, and contains activities which are suitable for all ages and abilities. For each activity, requirements are clearly specified, and both a warm-up and extension activity offered. Along the way, examples of photographs taken by participants in response to particular themes, and the explanations which accompany them, are provided as inspiration. 

This practical guide can be used in group work across a broad range of contexts, including in schools, colleges, youth groups, community settings, residential care, in-patient and day hospitals. It will be of interest to occupational therapists, arts therapists, social workers, teachers and any other practitioners interested in ways of promoting personal development through creative means.

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Press reviews for: Exploring the Self through Photography

Working with Older People, Stephen Weekes, Book Reviews Editor

This paperback can be added to an expanding list of valuable dementia care publications, which confirms the higher-profile importance of that particular specialism in the caring professions.

The Midwest Book Review

Exploring the Self Through Photography examines how professionals working with groups can use photography to promote positive change. From how to set up and run a photography group to chapters covering relationship-building, self-esteem and more, this provides activities and themes perfect for photography and psychology collections alike.

Therapy Today

This is an immensely practical book which uses photography in a variety of ways, from making photographic images, or using postcards, images from magazines and newspapers...It is a valuable resource for people using a creative activity as a tool for exploring the processes of self-development and reflection to gain greater insight into personal growth and the possibility of making change...Exploring the self through photography invites the reader to embark on a journey of visual self-discovery, and to encourage others ot use photography to see the world (and themselves) in a different light.

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