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Therapeutic Storytelling   MELBOURNE

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There is no greater power on this earth than story. 

Libba Bray


Course overview:

Learn how the ancient art of storytelling can help to understand and tolerate the stresses of life. Experience first-hand a method to enrich therapeutic relationships and create opportunities to explore the effects of trauma and loss. Stories contain hidden messages about possible ways of overcoming adversity. Stories use metaphors that can change the way we see ourselves and our world. They help to connect us to each other and help in finding meaning and hope.  Storytelling encompasses both external therapeutic input and child-directed healing.


Rather than a day of power points, this workshop will be interactive and practical with ample demonstrations and with brief exercises to develop skills. The developmental appropriateness, value and efficacy of storytelling in therapy will be explored. You will have a chance to consider why storytelling works, how to introduce and incorporate storytelling in counselling, gain a resource of sample stories as well as ideas of where to look for suitable stories for therapy.


Included in the day will be discussion of your own experiences in hearing stories told and how particular stories address common experiences such as: fear of failure, loss of control, loss of happiness, facing evil, seeing that bad things happen, longing for peace and resolution, finding helpers along the way and discovering hope.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand how stories can facilitate healing
  • Gain confidence in bringing small stories into therapy
  • Identify suitable stories
  • Understand the theory informing this work
  • Consider the evidence
  • Experience and discuss the therapeutic uses of story telling
  • Practise creating and telling stories
  • Develop ways to  incorporate storytelling into practice
  • Gain a set of story resources to use for counselling 
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group environment


What ideas are explored?

  • How can stories be used in therapy?
  • What theory and evidence inform this work?
  • Does storytelling work for all ages?
  • When might this form of therapy not be useful?
  • How can I involve parents?
  • What are the different types of stories I could use when counselling?


Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentation
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Live demonstrations of methods
  • Storytelling and construction opportunities
  • Structured role play experience
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods


Who Should Attend?

Psychologists, school counsellors, social workers, counsellors, case workers, child and family counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.


Workshop Facilitator

Kim Billington - Masters in Counselling,Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Bachelors in Education


Workshop Dates

21st September 2018

Book by 21st July 2018 for Early Bird Discount 


Workshop Venue

WellSpring Centre - 10 Y Street, Ashburton, Melbourne. Residential street parking and walking distance to trains and buses.


Workshop Details

Included in the workshop price:

  • 6 CPD points/hours (12 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9am - 4pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.

Workshop Cost

Regular Price        $330

Early Bird              $300 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

Student Price        $230

Student Early Bird $200 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

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What people are saying about ...

Therapeutic Storytelling

The training workshop was..


..very practical and useful. This workshop addressed the loss of connectedness of modern life. I found the content unique and unlike any of my formal subject training. Story telling as therapy seems very powerful to me as it gives a human touch that connects. 


..engaging throughout the whole day. Kim's storytelling was mesmerising.                                                                                            

..wonderful. Kim was well organised, articulate and very personable. She was able to create a "safe environment" that encouraged sharing.


..very enjoyable. Highly recommended.


..very interactive and fun! Loved it!


..excellent! Kim was excellent and respectful and expereinced and approachable.


..created a space where we could be kids again. Kim did an excellent job in engaging everyone with simple, memorable stories that you could go away and use immediately and easily with kids.


...powerful. Kim has a gentle nature and real ability to tell a story.


... most useful in being able to interact with others to hear their stories and to reinforce learning  about the quality of the stories being recounted.


....very engaging and well prepared.


...experiential which really helped me to learn the importance of telling a story. The warmth and non-judgement Kim exuded while teaching made the experiential exercises less anxiety provoking.


...a great learning experience as it was unexpected - sitting in a circle listening and reflecting was so effective. I enjoyed being reminded of the power of stories through storytelling rather than through learning about the theory behind it. Not only will this be applied to my work, but also to my life.


...great - so enthusiastic! Loved it! The whole training was so insightful.


...I look forward to integrating therapuetic storytelling into my clinical practice.


...really enjoyed the gentle engaging approach. It was respectful and professional.


...interactive and empowering.