Such a helpful day – the use of metaphor via story form is a powerful toolHead of Behaviour Support Service – Education
Why take this course
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.
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 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 more…
The ‘How to create and use stories that help emotionally distressed children’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.
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