A university in Aberdeen is now offering a course in Therapeutic Photography

Therapeutic photography course
Dr Neil Gibson, senior lecturer at RGU’s School of Applied Social Studies (Image credit: RGU)

A university in Aberdeen, Scotland is now offering a first-of-its-kind course: an academic qualification on using photography to deal with loss. The postgraduate course is aimed at professionals who work with young, marginalized people who are interested in using photography in their therapeutic practice.

Course leader Dr Neil Gibson is a senior lecturer at Robert Gordon University where the course is being run. He has dedicated years of research and his PhD to therapeutic practices, and has written a book illustrating some of the ways in which photography can enhance self-esteem, resilience and self-reliance. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.