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Therapeutic Storytelling: Managing Challenge through Story

    √..inspiring! Definitely would recommend this course! Loved it!


    √..really useful to get a template for and have discussion of metaphors in therapeutic storytelling.


    √..Loved the hands-on approach. Inclusive environment and supportive atmosphere for learning.



    After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. 

    Phillip Pullman

    Course Overview:

    Stories provide powerful metaphors to inspire, teach and guide. Stories give hope, build resilience, develop positive values and can change behaviour.


    In these sessions, you will hear examples of ideas and techniques for writing healing stories. You will explore the therapeutic use and benefits of metaphor. With the support of a story making framework, you will be guided in metaphor mapping and guided to create your own stories to address a range of challenging behaviours and situations. 


    Through case study examples and practical exercises, this workshop will introduce you to a range of therapeutic stories for children and adults in counselling and group work. Learn ways to create, source and use stories therapeutically in your work. Experience hands-on training and gain skills in storytelling for healing.

    You will have the opportunity to:

    • Learn a therapeutic writing framework (metaphor, journey, resolution) 
    • Explore the process of metaphor mapping
    • Create story journeys
    • Practice clarifying story resolutions
    • Use a ‘random story cards’ approach to stimulate imaginative story ideas
    • Appreciate the historical and cultural value of storytelling, and imagination as a ‘way of knowing’
    • Identify the genre of therapeutic storytelling
    • Learn in the safely and support of a small group

    Please note, this is a LIVE and INTERACTIVE training event. We don't record this.

    Training methods will include:

    • Interactive presentations
    • Case presentations
    • Large group discussions
    • Pair and small group discussions
    • Practical story constructions
    • Art therapy session - Drawing your way into metaphor  

    Who Should Attend:

    Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers, play therapists, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, parents and carers and other allied health professionals and students who are interested in incorporating elements of storytelling into their work. 

    Workshop Facilitator

    Susan Perrow - M.(Ed)

    Workshop Dates


    20-21 June 2022, 9.30am - 1.00pm AEST


    September Dates (3 days)
    19th-20th September 2022 - 9.30am-11.30am AEST (Sydney Time)
    21st September 2022 - 9.30am-12.30am AEST (Sydney Time)


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    Workshop Details

    Included in the workshop price:

    • 7 CPD hours 
    • Access to pre-reading booklet with theory notes and story examples
    • Link to create Certificate of Attendance
    • GST

    You Will Need

    Each participant needs a few sheets (2 or 3) of A3 or A4 paper and some pencils or crayons - this is for the metaphor drawing session.
    Plus a notebook and pen  

    Workshop Cost

    Special Price    $350

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    Send us an email requesting an invoice via the contact page with your name, the dates and name of course/courses you'd like to do and the name of your organisation who you want us to invoice and we will send you an organisational invoice and a registration form.


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    What people are saying about ...

    Therapeutic Storytelling: Addressing Challenge through Story

    The training workshop was..

  excellent foundation to start storytelling in my practice.


    ..valuable in listening to the experience of the trainer and her journey in storytelling as well as learning how stories have been told with therapeutic aims.


    ..encouraging of creativity and flow of thoughts and ideas with therapeutic relevance and consideration for application in practice.


    ..a privilege to have been working with a person of such creative talent.


    √..really useful to get a template for and have discussion of metaphors in therapeutic storytelling.


    √..I have gone away from this workshop with so many ideas to further my writing for children. Extremely useful!


    √..the presentation was delivered in a clear and easy to understand way.


    √..Susan is a wonderful storyteller and teacher! Very inspiring workshop!


    √..opened by eyes to a therapeutic story writing method that can be very non-confrontational.


    √..this was a new concept for me and I found the process of storytelling as therapy enlightening and incredibly powerful. I will be adding therapeutic storytelling to my "tool-kit" from now on!


    √..I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and learned so much more than I imagined.


    √..Loved the hands-on approach. Inclusive environment and supportive atmosphere for learning.


    √..the group dynamic was wonderful and supportive. The skills and nurturing from Susan were wonderful