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  Dr. Alice Welbourn has been working with us as a consultant for some months. Alice is a social development consultant training, advising and producing materials for Participatory Learning Approaches to address gender, sexual health, communication and relationship skills, particularly in non-OECD countries. Her training manual "Stepping Stones" is used in many different countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, having been locally adapted by organisations working on the ground in those countries. For more information about Alice's writing and about Participatory Learning Approaches please see the website of the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex. 
Dr. Sue Jennings is a national figure in Dramatherapy and Playtherapy and the author many books including standard texts in both subjects. At the same time she is a professional actress, works in theatre-in-education theatre with people with special needs including people with mental health problems. She applies her methodology of 're-staging' to a CBT approach to life changes. She is currently touring 'A Spiral of Madness', a one woman play based on case histories of women labeled as 'mad' and their families. She completed her doctoral research with the Temiar people of the Malaysian rainforest where she lived for two years with her children.. For more information about Sue and her work please see http://www.dramatherapy.net
   
  Exciting Research Post at the Sharp End of Health Education
Sex and Relationships Education for Young People not in School
  We are delighted to welcome Ms Fiona MacBeth who will join the department with effect from Aug 1st.

Fiona will be work in a team researching and developing behaviourally effective sex and relationships education. The Teenage Pregnancy Unit have commissioned us to develop and evaluate peer assisted sex and relationships education for young people who are likely not to have been in school for sex education with their mainstream counterparts. This work will be with those currently in school exclusion units or local authority residential care facilities. The project will build on our expertise in collaborative and social learning with young people in mainstream schools. Using these methods we have been able to show behavioural changes associated with likely health benefits. New developments are likely to involve participatory learning approaches in which role-play and projective techniques could form active components.  Click here for more details.