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This course will enable participants to explore how ongoing life story work contributes to children's and young people's understanding of their past, present and future.

Who should attend?

  • Children's social workers
  • Fostering and adoption social workers
  • Social work assistants
  • Family resource workers
  • Family centre and residential workers
  • Leaving care workers
  • Foster carers
  • Adopters

NB. This course is aimed at workers and carers who are fairly new to life story work and wish to enhance their skills and knowledge.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Explored opportunities to actively integrate all aspects of a child/young person into his/her life story including race, gender, age, culture, disability and religion
  • Considered the impact of child development, attachment and trauma  when undertaking life story work
  • Explored the child’s internalisation of adult messages
  • Enhanced skills in communicating with children including the use of a variety of tools including genograms, stories, CD-ROMs and games
  • Considered practical approaches to creating life story books through the Joy Rees Model and others
  • Examined examples of life story books