2018 by Michael Safranek

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about therapy comics

There is a problem with many of the resources used for the treatment of mental health problems in England. 

 

Most of the materials used rely on service users having a basic understanding of written English, and a basic level of literacy. However, many people with mental health problems may have problems with reading and writing in English. This could be because of having English as a foreign language, dyslexia, or other barriers. Therapists then have to use time and energy trying to adapt therapy to meet the needs of these individuals. 

It doesn't have to be this way.

Many of the interventions used to treat mental health problems can be illustrated, allowing a universal resource to be available for therapists to use with anyone who struggles with typical text-based materials. 

Therapy Comics is trying to develop high-quality, materials for evidence-based interventions commonly used by therapists.

The materials on this site have been designed for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, High Intensity Therapists and CBT therapists working in IAPT services. 

 

The interventions illustrated in the workbooks and worksheets follow protocols used in IAPT services and, as much as possible, follow IAPT guidelines on appropriate self-help materials.

Text in the booklets is primarily there to help therapists, friends and family members explain the interventions. All text in the workbooks has been developed with the Dyslexia Friendly Style Guide from the British Dyslexia Association in mind, and any text in the workbooks should be simple and easy to read.

If you use the materials, please complete feedback forms. 

For more information about why therapy comics are a potentially useful tool I have put together a document exploring the rationale in much more detail (be warned it is a long read!).