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Animation and embodied story-making in clinical settings - BOOKING CLOSED

Stop-frame animation is a powerful medium to use in clinical settings allowing participants to tell difficult and traumatic stories. This course will give you a foundation into using animation and story-making from an experiential, theoretical and practical perspective. We will explore the idea of embodied narrative, how animation involves making things, how it can help order chaotic narratives and how it give participants directorial control.

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th July 2022

10:00am - 16:00pm


Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent once booking has closed

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**This course is open to all Qualified Professionals and Trainees from both the UK and Internationally**

‘If you can’t find a way of telling your story, your story will tell you’ (Stephen Grosz)


Many people we work with in a variety of settings often feel that their lives are out of control, in chaos, that, indeed their story is telling them. Stop-Frame Animation offers a chance for people to not only tell their story but re-make it and re-fashion it in a way that they choose.


Van Der Kolk says ‘We have discovered that helping victims of trauma find the words to describe what has happened to them is profoundly meaningful, but usually it is not enough.’ However, with animation, this is not describing their story as they would in an assessment, interview or consultation but more of an embodied telling that involves making, manipulating, imagining, performing and remembering. It is a physical, step by step process that gives directorial and creative control to the storyteller. Participants can choose the story they tell, they can mix fact and fiction, change the outcome of the story (thereby regaining control of it) and make something they might be proud of. This still under used medium offers another set of tools for art therapists working with people in the midst of chaotic and traumatic narratives that has the potential to be powerful and safe.


The workshop will include;


• Learning stop-frame animation

• Making and manipulating puppets

• Collaborating and making a short film/telling a story

• Adding sound Theoretical

• The link between stop-frame animation and trauma theory

• Using animation to tell traumatic stories

• Ethical and safe practice

• Examples of work made by participants in a variety of settings

• A look at other animators and practitioners who work with personal and trauma narratives.



• What equipment and materials you will need to do this work in clinical settings

• Make your own stop motion animation film

• Make and manipulate puppets to animate

• Begin to take this methodology into your clinical practice

• Understand how this medium can facilitate difficult and traumatic narratives.


Tony Gammidge from Animated Tales is an HCPC registered art therapist. He has been running animation projects in prisons, secure units, mental health settings and with refugees and survivors of torture for the past 11 years.

Additional Information:

Please Note:

Booking closes 1-week prior to start date. Information and link to join the day will be sent once booking has closed.


Trainee BAAT Member: £180.00


x3 Reduced Rate for Trainees or Unemployed Members: £140.00

Please Note: We cannot reserve reduced rate places.


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £180.00


Full Underemployed Member: £190.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £220.00


Associate Member: £220.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £255.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £285.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.

Convenors: Tony Gammidge

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