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Life story work with troubled children

6th September 2017


Life Story Work is an effective intervention that helps children and young people recover from abuse, trauma or neglect and make sense of a disrupted upbringing in multiple homes or families.

It offers deep reflective work with a child to help them develop a coherent and accurate story of their lives and the lives of people closest to them, which is key for their understanding and acceptance of who they are and their past experiences.

The therapeutic process covers the concepts of attachment, loss, magical thinking, identity and meaning.

Through the process, children and young people often reflect in the most moving and profound ways on what has happened to them, including the effect that significant people in their lives have had on their self-esteem and sense of self, and on what is happening to them.

As a result, they develop a far better sense of who they are, their history and how they want to live their lives.

Key learning: 

  • The value of comprehensive Life Story Work
  • The value and various models of information collation
  • Communicating with children and their emotions
  • Addressing and confronting sensitive and painful issues and turning these to acceptance
  • Creating Life Story books which are useful, valuable and represent the child.

Who should attend

Teachers, Social Workers, Counsellors, Foster Carers and Adoptive Parents, Learning Mentors, SENCos, Educational Psychologists, Family Workers, Therapists, Counsellors, Behaviour Support Workers, Early Years, School-Home Support, Care Workers.

Facilitator bio

Richard Rose

Richard is Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services Ltd., undertaking consultancy and training on Life Story Therapy and working with 'hard to reach' children and adolescents, and develops academic training programmes in the UK and internationally.

He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and is also a Fellow of the Berry Street Childhood Institute, a part of Berry Street, Australia. Richard works with children and their carers in out-of-home, homebased and family placements to assist understanding and attachment with the aim of enabling placements to become healthy and nurturing for all involved.

Author: The Child’s Own Story - Life Story Work with Traumatised Children


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