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How to create and use stories that help emotionally distressed childrenFree choice subject

A one-day course with tutor: Pamela Woodford

This course is currently available
as in-house training only

Why this day is important

Stories play a crucial role in children's development – through the ways the different characters think, act and overcome difficulties, they gain important templates for understanding the world and dealing with the challenges and situations they will meet in life – both now and in the future.

And, as all children love stories, this natural affinity provides us with an incredibly powerful, non-intrusive and non-directive way to help emotionally distressed and abused young people.

On this course you will learn innovative new ways to engage with those who are often hard to reach and to help distressed children deal with the experiences they have had, whilst also offering them hope, understanding and new ways of thinking and feeling about life.

You may well be surprised at how quickly positive psychological changes occur as a result of the stories you yourself will create and tell.


What you will gain from this inspiring day:

  • Knowledge and experience of how to create and use stories that are specifically tailored to quickly bring about positive psychological changes in children and young people
  • A clear understanding of how to address emotional issues in children
  • How to find the right metaphor for each situation
  • Tips for igniting your own imagination and creativity
  • Case histories which illustrate the effectiveness of stories
  • Different ways to use therapeutic stories, such as those in Pamela's acclaimed Brighter Little Minds series, to develop emotional literacy
  • A greater appreciation of the subtle power of metaphor, imagination and embedded suggestions and how to use them to help the young people you care for
  • Increased confidence in creating therapeutic stories yourself
  • Simple ways to calm and relax children – "it’s the way you tell ‘em"
  • Lots of new ideas from Pamela Woodford's "treasure chest of healing spells" to spark your own creativity
  • Plenty of opportunity to get feedback on the story you create and to ask questions from the tutor – a highly experienced and creative psychotherapist who has spent decades working therapeutically with distressed children and young people
  • Tips for improving your own storytelling abilities
  • and much more...



Who should attend this workshop?

Anyone working with emotionally distressed children or young people, including:

  • Teachers and educational professionals
  • Psychotherapists, therapists and counsellors
  • Childcare and healthcare professionals (and students)
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents – and perspective adoptive parents
  • Social workers
  • Parents and carers
  • Interested friends or family who wish to help a young person they know
  • And anyone who would like to attend for personal reasons


Course Programme

The 'How to create and use stories to help emotionally distressed children' counselling course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – What can go wrong for children?

  • A look at the innate emotional needs of children and why the human givens approach, using metaphor, is such a powerful way to help them
  • The group listen to a story and then discuss what they think it might be addressing
  • Unpacking metaphors: what images do they evoke, what might they mean
  • How to ‘think metaphor’ (exercise)
  • Finding metaphors that connect to emotional distressing situations

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Story time: King Giggle

  • Unpacking a story from the acclaimed Brighter Little Minds series using visual aids and exploring the metaphors and embedded suggestions used
  • How to activate your own imagination (exercises)
  • Questions and discussion
  • Pot pourri story

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Using the stories with adolescents

  • Examples from Pamela’s casebook of the powerful, beneficial effect of metaphor when dealing with rape, self-harming and selective mutism
  • Putting your learning into practice – group exercise
    Creating your own therapeutic story which incorporates the day's teaching on metaphor to address typical distressed children’s emotional problems

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Sharing the stories you have created

  • A representative from each group reads or tells their new story and the larger workshop group suggests what condition/s they think it might be useful for – a wonderful opportunity to gain further ideas while consolidating your learning
  • Storytelling tips
  • Q & A, and a story to finish.

4.00pm — Day ends

This course is currently available
as in-house training only

How to create and use stories that help emotionally distressed children




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