In the next phase of the project, we are delivering pilot training developed from an Art & Social Change Framework. We particularly welcome interest in participating from health care workers working in the area of addiction in France, Italy, Lithuania, and the UK. The training programmes are anticipated to be delivered in Grenoble, Palermo, Vilnius, Bristol and Nottingham. Please be in touch to find out more about participating.  


The State of the Art

Framing Theory on Addiction Arts Recovery and Wellbeing

The First Phase

 This project is undertaking data collection to evidence two basic assumptions underpinning the project:

  • a lack of attention to Continuing Professional Development oriented towards strengthening traversal skills of health workers is impairing the services to people in recovery
  • art programmes in continuing education programmes for health workers are non-existent

In four countries (France, Italy, Lithuania, and the UK) we have undertaken a combination of desk research and focus groups to better understand:

  • how and where art programmes are used in recovery
  • what, if any, CPD training is available to support the artists and health workers deliverying these activities, and
  • the training needed or desired by health workers

Emerging from this work are some early case studies of interesting and effective practices, a clear sense that the state of the art in health environs varies widely across these nations, and that the impact of the arts in 'recovery' - from a wide range of afflictions - is widely accepted, but their use in addiction recovery much more limited - with no substantive academic research.

You can read the outputs from both desk research and focus groups for each of the four pilot countries via the links below. We'd welcome your annotation of our findings. Each of these documents is set-up so you can add comments to help advance this work.


Dr Theo Stickley, lead on the project evaluation process, is also helping synthesize the learning from the four pilot countries. The project has adopted an approach that uses CHIME recovery research (based in mental health recovery in the literature) and Wellbeing frameworks, alongside case study review, and action learning principles. This slide show above highlights the key references and some emerging approaches to our work.  
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