Life Story Work
Making Sense of Fragmented Lives
"The value and power of the life story approach to reconstructing and reconnecting a child using personal narrative cannot be underestimated and the way Richard Rose lays out the core elements of this approach is both practical and elegant. This is a refreshing and renewing clinical approach that is both developmentally sensitive and 'trauma-informed.' It echoes the fundamental storytelling powers known to our ancestors who incorporated storytelling into all their healing practices and rituals.....for any clinician working with our most disconnected children this is a wonderful way to help them reconnect and heal" Dr Bruce Perry
This workshop provides an introduction to 'Therapeutic Life Story Work', an approach that assists children and young people who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect, or who are struggling with other pain of past experiences. The approach enables them to reflect, develop compassion for themselves and move on. Richard will provide participants with an in depth understanding of the Life Story process and how they can utilise this approach to help young people make sense of the past, so that what has happened to them does not dominate, control or inhibit the present.
Some of the key content areas Richard will present include:
- The theoretical underpinnings of Life Story Therapy
- A range of tried and tested techniques that have been proven to be successful in assisting children to communicate their trauma
- Working with the 'stuck child'
- The importance of identity and meaning and the significance of 'magical thinking'
- Techniques for developing a Life Story Book
- Ideas for integrating Life Story work with existing practice models and traditional 'talking therapies
Richard Rose (MBA, BPhil, PQCCA, PGSWE, CQSW) is the Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services in the United Kingdom and Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Richard is the author of 'Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children- A Model for Practice' and undertakes consultancy and training internationally on Life Story Therapy and working with 'hard to reach' children and adolescents. Richard continues to work with children and their carers in out of home care and family placements with the aim of helping these placements to become healthy and nurturing for all involved. This will be Richard's only New Zealand speaking tour in 2017 and we expect these workshops to be heavily subscribed. We encourage you to register early to avoid disappointment.
There is plenty of parking available onsite