Electronic Textile Workshop Toolkit: Facilitators' Workshop training guide

Sarah Kettley, Richard Kettley, Martha Glazzard

Research output: Other contributionProtocols

Abstract / Description of output

This is one of two guides - the other is for workshop participants, this one is for workshop facilitators. The guides were developed to support design and delivery of e-textile workshops for mental health service users according to a Person-Centred Approach to participatory design research. Both include summaries of the approach to participatory research and to the e-textile learning facilitated by the 6-week programme of activity. The guidelines are an output of the EPSRC project An Internet of Soft Things 2014-2016.

This booklet is designed to be used with an accompanying kit of equipment. The kit includes everything you will need to run the workshops: electronics, sewing and prototyping. These activities are intended to be done in a group, and with the support of a workshop facilitator. No previous participant skills in these areas are required, but are valuable for facilitators to practice before supporting others, although it may be experienced as something of a leveller.
The kit also comes with sheets to help write reflections and comments on the various practical activities and participant experiences of the workshops. These reflections may be done independently, or with the support of workshop facilitators. They are informed by the PCA theory.
While facilitators may not be trained in therapeutic practice, or work in a different therapeutic modality, these protocols are designed to support an accepting attitude and a supportive, safe environment according to the Person-Centred Approach no matter a facilitator's background or experience. We recommend some kind of supervision (clinical) or support for facilitators, and reflective practice to enable leraning and guard against vicarious trauma.
Original languageEnglish
Typeworkshop guide for facilitators
Media of outputPDF file (web quality)
Number of pages32
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Participatory Design Research
  • IoT
  • e-textiles
  • Design Research
  • mental health
  • Person-Centred Approach
  • Facilitation


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