Accreditation in the field of literary arts in health and social care
by Dominic McLoughlin Sessional Lecturer in Counselling at Birkbeck, University of London FCE, and for the MA in Creative Writing for Personal Development at CCE, University of Sussex. 2004
This contribution to the debate on accreditation was originally sought from the Writing for Personal Development special interest group within Lapidus. This group was formed to cater for those in the membership who have an interest in the field of writing for personal development as participants rather than as practitioners, i.e. people who don’t necessarily want to run workshops for other people. Although I was one of the founder members of the group I have not consulted formally with members of the special interest group so in no way can I speak on their behalf. I do have personal experience of using writing as a way of recovering from depression, but my contribution here is mostly an exercise in imaginative thinking. I have asked myself what might the key issues be around accreditation from the ‘user’ or client perspective?