-As my blog has been up for a few days, it occurred to me that someone important might come along actually read it, especially someone who is a professional psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor. Now might be a good time to publish a short rationale about what I'm doing. (I'll link to the text of my full proposal.)
As an artist, in my PhD enquiry I hope to establish a bridge between the poetic philosophy of art, design, screen-play and film; and the world of applied Psychology relating to cognitive treatments for the lower-level mental health spectrum (e.g. anxiety and depression). I have seen lots of examples of clinicians and those interested in narrative who have made impressive contributions to the understanding of story-telling in film and how these tools can be used as powerful vehicles in their own right or as an accompaniment in therapies. I think I can help.
My aim is to provide an insight from the side of the film-maker, in a way that is enlightening and useful for clinicians, especially those interested in narrative construction, art, metaphor and film semiotics. I'm hoping to publish a substantial document or book as a part of my work, and I would welcome any contributions or insights in this regard - this is very much a learning process for me. I also aim to produce an animated film which could be used as a means to further the understanding of film-making in the context of therapy or the communication of personal or social development. I'm specifically interested in authorship by survivors themselves of powerful pieces of art (or evidence, if you see it that way).
I'm also looking for funding for my PhD study if there is interest or if anyone can point me in the right direction.
Film, Stories and Mental Healing; an enquiry into animation, media and therapy - A practice-based PhD Journey
I'm Paul Sinclair, a academic and practitioner with an interest in media (particularly animation) and how this is used in the spheres of visual therapeutic approaches to mental health treatment. My PhD hopefully will add further insight into the ideas around narrative, story, and the authority of authoring one's own unique experience .