Re-Animation Approach Training

Welcome to our training page. At animation therapy we are passionate about supporting health professionals and community artists like you to use animation in your work. No previous experience of animation or therapy is required although a passion for working with and supporting people through animation is a must.

What is the Re-Animation Approach?

The Re-Animation Approach provides professionals with a matrix and guidance regarding how to use animation to support clinical or participatory arts practice. It uses a neuro-developmental sliding scale and activity matrix which enables those who have trained to select suitable techniques and tools to compliment their work.

The first research into the approach has now been published by Leeds University, the results indicating that by using the Re-Animation Approach the occupational therapy assistant/artist (TI) was able to connect with service users faster and with more meaning then when staff had tried animating on the ward with patients without using the framework. Our techniques and tools are so popular, we now have a global following, our recent training course with War Child and TPO Uganda saw the first psychiatrists and social workers using the approach with South Sudanese refugees.

Our first course launched from Aardman Animation Studios in 2010 (our friends at Aardman built us our own studio for the launch!). Previous Re-Animation Approach students are already reporting positive clinical results and service enhancement following attending the training. We are very proud to announce that several service users who have benefited from past students experience and have gone on to win national awards including Koestler awards.

Who we train

In the past we have trained nurses, therapists (from a wide range of backgrounds), psychiatrists, Drs, animators, visual artists, occupational therapy assistants, social workers, counselors and teachers.

What courses are available?

Level One - For anyone with an interest in using animation in their work - An Introduction to animation and the Re-Animation Approach

Level Two - For health professionals - Techniques to support clinical practice (examples include CBT, narrative therapy and mindfulness)

Level Three - For community artists and therapist who use vocational rehabilitation skills (VR) -Skills for community arts and out reach practice

Our next Level one course is running at our EVA Studios in May 2016. For more information about our courses and our one to one training options please contact us at


Comments from Past Participants

'It is an extremely worthwhile intervention.  I have been able to engage young people who have been extremely difficult to engage in other activities, so I can say that now that that is something that has been very positive, very worthwhile for me as a therapist.'  [Occupational Therapist UK]

After (using) pixilation (in a Re-Animation session), I saw faces of joy, happiness, and a lot of smiles, the children were excited beyond repair and I would think that they were about to push me down to enter the computer after they had seen themselves making quick movements. In my own words, that excitement was compared to that of a baby child after they have seen ‘a big red coloured lollipop’. [Social worker Uganda]

'The animation enabled family members to show their story and their reality.  The process of playing animation back created a situation where  family members were able to see things from the person animating’s point of view.  The results have been suprising and have lead to real shifts in therapy.'  [Family Therapist UK]

'Attending the Re-Animation Approach Level One course has been like pouring water on a cracked and dry desert landscape.'  [Occupational Therapist UK]

'One of the nice surprises was how accessible it is, in terms of offering it to a group of people, or a person, you can adapt really easily and make it an effective piece of work.'  [Occupational Therapist UK]


Fantastic Folay!