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Life Story Work with troubled children

2nd October 2017


Life Story Work is a therapeutic intervention to help children and young
people recover from abuse, trauma or neglect and make sense of a disrupted
upbringing in multiple homes or families.

This seminar builds on concepts including attachment, loss, magical
thinking, identity, and meaning, and shows you how Life Story Work can be
used to undertake deep reflective work with a child.

Through the process, the child develops a coherent and accurate story of
their own life and the lives of those closest to them. They develop a
better sense of who they are, their history and how they want to live their

Key learning:

The value of comprehensive Life Story Work 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

"Really enjoyable day that has inspired me and fuelled my interest, which I
will use to benefit the young people I work with." - Life Story Work
delegate, 2016

About the trainer

Richard Rose is Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services Ltd and
undertakes consultancy and training on Life Story therapy. He works with
'hard to reach' children and adolescents, and develops academic training
programmes in the UK and internationally.

Richard works with children and their carers in out-of-home, home-based and
family placements to assist understanding and attachment with the aim of
enabling placements to become healthy and nurturing for all involved.

Richard 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 is the author and editor of Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work
(2017), Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice
(2012), and The Child's Own Story - Life Story Work with Traumatised
Children (2004).