Stories provide powerful metaphors to inspire, teach and guide. Stories can help to give hope, to build resilience, to develop positive values and to effect behaviour change.
In this introductory two day workshop, examples, ideas and techniques for writing healing stories will be shared and the therapeutic use of metaphor explored. With the support of a story-making framework, you will be guided in metaphor mapping and create your own stories to address a range of challenging behaviours and situations.
Through case study illustrations and practical exercises, this workshop will introduce you to a range of therapeutic stories for children and adults in counselling and group work.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Appreciate the historical and cultural value of storytelling, and imagination as a ‘way of knowing’
- Identify the genre of therapeutic storytelling and therapeutic writing framework
- Appreciate the therapeutic use of metaphor as ‘story seeds’
- Explore the process of metaphor mapping
- Identify different aspects of children’s behaviour and the link to story resolutions
- Use a random ‘story bag’ approach to stimulate imaginative story ideas
- Construct a therapeutic story for a chosen theme
What ideas are explored:
- How can stories be used therapeutically?
- How do we select different types of stories to meet specific needs?
- How can we create stories that match clients’ metaphors?
- When and how can stories be used to help manage challenging behaviour and situations?
- When might stories be not suitable to use?
Training Methods will include:
- Interactive presentations
- Case presentations
- Large group discussions
- Pair and small group discussions
- Practical story constructions
- Story weaving exercise
- Reflection opportunities for application of methods
- Learn in the safety and support of a small group.
Who Should Attend:
Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers, play therapists, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students who are interested in incorporating elements of storytelling into their work. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.
Susan Perrow - M.(Ed)
Burwood RSL 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood.
Free onsite parking and walking distance to trains and buses.
Included in the workshop price:
- 12 CPD points/hours (24 hours for AASW members)
- Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
- Certificate of Attendance
- Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
- 9am - 4pm Training
- Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.