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Therapeutic Life Story Work (Windsor & Maidenhead)

Event/course Code EDU 21/418(2)
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction ‘In July 2019, Adoption UK’s adoption barometer found that 27% of new adopters felt that they had not been given all the information they needed about their child or children. Nearly half of new adopters (46%) did not receive their child’s life story book (or equivalent) within statutory timescales and 34% described their child’s life story materials as somewhat or very inadequate. The report stated that where preparation or information sharing had not been thorough, the impact could be devastating – even to the point of placement breakdown. (Community Care, 2020)

Life Story work is an important tool in communicating with children of all ages, it aims to enable children to open up about parts of their lives they would rather not speak of.

This is a one day training course for all social work staff, contact supervisors and staff in early help services.

The course will be delivered by Richard Rose from the Child Trauma Intervention Service. Richard Rose is regarded as an international authority on Life Story Work and Life Story Therapy.
Event Content This training session aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the Life Story process and how this work helps children to make sense of their past so that what has happened to them does not dominate, control, or inhibit the present. Based on Richard Rose’s book, ‘Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model For Practice’, attendees will be shown at least 15 techniques which have been successfully utilised to assist children in communicating their trauma.

The session is designed to be pragmatic, ensuring that delegates have an opportunity to engage and to try out techniques first hand feeding back their thoughts. The course introduces attachment, psychodynamic thinking and neuroscience. These are covered at a level that is helpful and applicable to social care professionals, contact staff and staff working in preventative services

Richard Rose is regarded as an international authority on Life Story Work and Life Story Therapy. Currently working in all areas of the UK, and consulting with organisations in Japan, Portugal and Australia; he has brought together best practice. He provides direct work to children, families and organisations.

Delegates who previously attended this training, have provided the following feedback:

“Was a great course and I think it should be a mandatory course for all involved in working with children at every level.”

“This will make such a difference to the work we do with children and families allowing us to use tools in a therapeutic manner to support children and families within their life story and developing better communication/ voicing emotions.”
Event Learning Outcomes Following completion of the course, those attending will be able to:

• Describe Intervention Skills
• Give examples of strong Interview Techniques
• Identify new approaches in Assessment and Planning
• Demonstrate Direct Work with Children Techniques and be more confident
• Describe the importance of Listening Skills
• Explain the concept of Magical Thinking
Trainers Richard Rose
Expiry Date Sunday 2 February 2025
Course categories Practitioner Processes (recording, analysing, reporting)
Age Ranges
0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19+ yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Wednesday 2 February 202209:30 - 16:30Windsor Youth and Community Centre, 65 Alma Road, SL4 3HD