ERIC Number: ED413481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Project with MIND.
Ruddock, Helen; Worrall, Paul
A project in creative writing and literacy was developed and implemented for people experiencing mental health difficulties. The project was a jointly organized activity between Dearne Valley College and Doncaster MIND in England. (MIND is a network of mental health associations in England and Wales.) The college counselor acted as the supervisor for MIND counselors and two lecturers from the college set up an appropriate educational course. One lecturer was very experienced in teaching creative writing to groups that had included people with mental health problems and the other was experienced in teaching basic skills. The educational process was a student-centered approach that included the following: continual negotiation with clients on the curriculum and content of sessions, frequent reviews, small steps leading to increased self-confidence and self-esteem, and as much user participation as possible. Empowerment was seen as crucial to project success. During the initial 8 weeks, lecturers got to know the members, their interests, and abilities. Fourteen weeks into the project, these results were tabulated: 11 people had enrolled, with 7 attending regularly; all users were on powerful drugs that could affect attendance and participation; learning had evolved according to users' interests and ability; the whole group had participated in writing in various forms; and frequent discussions were a form of group therapy. Users' and MIND staff questionnaires were administered. (Appendixes include questionnaire findings and selections of students' writing.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Creative Writing, Educational Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Literacy Education, Mental Disorders, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Student Centered Curriculum
Dearne Valley College, Manvers Park, Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S63 7EU, England, United Kingdom (3.40 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dearne Valley Coll., Rotherham (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)