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Dec

10

Thursday

The meaning of arts for people with mental health problems and physical disabilities

12.00pm

Seminars

Public

Speaker: Dr Frances Reynolds, Reader, Division of Occupational Therapy, Brunel University London.

Location: Room C302, Tait Building.

In this seminar Frances Reynolds will review some of the ways that participating in art and craft-making as a leisure occupation may benefit well-being. She will draw upon a series of interview studies with people who are living with mental health or physical health problems.

The data collection was followed by interpretative phenomenological analysis. Participants have reflected on the ways that their lives have been affected by their health problems, their initial motives for art-making, and the meanings of their arts participation. They describe various benefits such as identity maintenance and transformation, and authentic relationships based on mutual interests rather than illness and care-giving.

Frances Reynolds joined the occupational therapy division as a Chartered Health Psychologist in 1992. She soon became fascinated by the potential of creative occupations to support well-being. Frances teaches occupational therapy students at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.

Her research mostly takes a qualitative approach to understanding people’s experiences of living with long-term illness or mental health problems, exploring the meanings of creative leisure occupations, and their role in alleviating stress and promoting positive identity. She has particular expertise in interpretative phenomenological research methods.

Frances has published over sixty chapters and articles, in journals such as the Journal of Health Psychology, Disability and Rehabilitation, and the Arts in Psychotherapy. Some of her research has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Recent selected publications

Hunt, L., Nikopoulou-Smyrni, P. and Reynolds, F. (2014) “It gave me something big in my life to wonder and think about which took over the space … and not MS”: Managing well-being in multiple sclerosis through art-making. Disability and Rehabilitation, 36 (14). pp. 1139 -1147. View publication.

Lawson, J., Reynolds, F., Bryant, W. and Wilson, L. (2014) ''It's like having a day of freedom, a day off from being ill”: Exploring the experiences of people living with mental health problems who attend a community-based arts project, using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 19 (6). pp. 765 -777. View publication.

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When & where

12.00pm - 2.15pmThursday 10th December 2015

Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

Contact Details

Doria Pilling

City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8992 4302

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