LIVE ONLINE – Next date: Wednesday 9th June 2021
Countless children have been badly affected by the lockdown and coronavirus pandemic, and we still don’t know what the long term effects will be. This inspiring, interactive workshop with Pamela Woodford gives you powerful therapeutic tools which anyone can learn and adapt for the children (or adults) they work with or care for. You will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and we will break into small groups for the exercises. All you need is a quiet place to watch, a computer or tablet and a strong internet signal, the rest is easy – simply book your place and we will email you details of how to join the Zoom workshop the day before the live event.
NB A recording of the training will be available to delegates for 2 weeks afterwards in case anyone experiences technical difficulties on the day.
Wonderful, interactive course. Pamela is a joy to listen to and I learnt so muchCounsellor
Why take this course
Stories are powerful therapeutic tools, which also play a crucial role in children’s development – through the ways the different characters think, act and overcome difficulties, children 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.
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, who can sometimes be hard to reach in any other way. All successful psychotherapy and counselling involves storytelling and the apposite use of metaphor – they bypass assumptions and rigid thinking to offer a new way of looking at things, awaken innate resources and offer crucial hope.
On this practical and inspiring course you will learn how to tap into your own metaphorical brain to create therapeutic stories and metaphors that are appropriate to each young person’s individual circumstances and experiences. Practising the steps involved with a master storyteller gives you innovative new ways to engage with and 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.
Indeed, you may well be surprised at how quickly positive psychological changes occur as a result of the stories you yourself will create and tell.
I've come away very inspired – loved experiencing the power of metaphor first handHospital Play Specialist
What will you learn
- Knowledge and experience of how to create and use short stories, in the moment, 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
- The importance of paying attention to the words children use when telling you something
- Ideas and metaphors relevant to the impact of Covid-19 and the lockdown to help children who are struggling
- Case histories which illustrate the effectiveness of stories and show why they are such powerful therapeutic tools
- Flexible skills that can easily be adapted to working with adults
- Why subtly entwining a child’s interests into a story makes its impact stronger
- 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
- 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 and telling therapeutic stories yourself
- Simple ways to calm and relax children – “it’s the way you tell ‘em”
- Breathing life into inanimate objects and taking inspiration from nature – how to tune into your metaphorical mind
- Lots of new ideas from Pamela Woodford’s ‘treasure chest of healing spells’ to spark your own creativity
- Tips for improving your own storytelling abilities
- and more…
Such a helpful day – the use of metaphor via story form is a powerful toolHead of Behaviour Support Service – Education
The ‘How to create and use stories that help emotionally distressed children’ live online workshop starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm (BST).
Who is this course suitable for?
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
It was excellent! Learnt how to recognise metaphor and embedded suggestions – great tips on identifying what you’ve got to build the story on, the words to use, as well as the voice and delivery.OT & HG Therapist
A lovely amalgam of theory and practice, stimulus and response. I learned of the centrality of metaphor, how to use embedded suggestions and the importance of using all these in telling stories.Teacher
Very useful to learn how effective stories can be at achieving better emotional states.Writer/Poet