Associate Fellow LEE-ANNE WIDNALL


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    Before commencing my first degree in Drama and Psychology I worked in Community Theatre. After completing my postgraduate diploma in dramatherapy in 1992 I worked in mental health charities and Adult Education with Adults with learning disabilities in London and then with a touring theratre company in Hertfordshire. When working in a mental health charity in Manchester I then completed my Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy. Following this I went to work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services as a specialist therapist for 15 years where I completed my postgraduate diploma in CBT and postgraduate certificae in Clinical Supervision. I then worked for 3 years in Adult Psychological Therapies (IAPT) before starting at Edge HIll University in 2020. My research interests are in Dramatherapy and Arts therapies for Trauma, Complex PTSD and longterm health conditions. I lead the Mental Health and Wellbeing Practioner Programme at Edge Hill University.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 1 - No Poverty
    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Clinical Supervision, PGCert, Clinical Supervision, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

    Award Date: 30 Jul 2017

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, PGDip, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

    Award Date: 1 Feb 2016

    Dialectical Behavioural Therapist, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Intensive Training

    Award Date: 30 Oct 2009

    Integrative Psychotherapy, MSc, Integrative Psychotherapy, University of Wales

    Award Date: 30 Jul 2003

    Philosophy, MA, Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University

    Award Date: 30 Jul 2000

    Dramatherapy, PGDip, Dramatherapy, University of Hertfordshire

    Award Date: 30 Jul 1992

    Other positions

    High Intensity Therapist, Mersey Care NHS Trust

    1 Apr 201925 Sept 2020

    Referral Lead and Step 4 High Intensity Therapist, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    1 Jul 201731 Mar 2019

    CAMHS Specialist Therapist, North West Boroughs Health Care Trust

    1 May 200230 Jun 2017

    Suicide Self-Harm Worker, 42nd Street Mental Health Charity Manchester

    1 Apr 200030 Apr 2002

    Freelance Dramatherapist

    1 Aug 199231 Mar 2000


    • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    • Dramatherapy
    • Psychotherapy
    • Social Justice
    • Adverse Child Events
    • Health Inequalities
    • Social Inequalities

    Research Institutes

    • Health Research Institute

    Research Centres

    • Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing


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