1-day workshop

How to create and use stories that help emotionally distressed children

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

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How to create and use stories that help emotionally distressed children

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  • Length: 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Pamela Woodford

  • CPD Certificate: 6 hours

  • This course is currently only available as in-house training

Such a helpful day – the use of metaphor via story form is a powerful tool

Head 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 hand

Hospital 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

Course Programme

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
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Get in touch

This course is currently available as inhouse training.

If you’d like to know more or to discuss how we could run the course for your staff or group, do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

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Reviews for this course

5/5 (12 Reviews)
  1. HLTA Behaviour

    An excellent day, especially learning the building blocks to creating beautiful therapeutic stories, using embedded suggestions and using the senses to address a variety of different problems.

  2. Head of Behaviour Support Service – Education

    Such a helpful day – the use of metaphor via story form is a powerful tool to support children in moving forward with their issues/problems. Thank you Pamela for a relaxed, entertaining delivery – good fun and informative.

  3. OT & HG Therapist

    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.

  4. Psychotherapist / Charity Worker

    Very good to learn how to structure a story to meet therapeutic needs for a child or young person.

  5. HG Therapist

    Really useful to learn the use of embedded suggestions and how to put the stories together based on the particular client needs.

  6. Hospital Play Specialist

    I’ve come away very inspired – loved experiencing the power of metaphor first hand.

  7. HG Therapist and Writer

    Loved Pamela’s excellent teaching style and wealth of wisdom.

  8. Integrated Children’s Service Officer

    Everything led to a most fantastic finale! Thank you, it was beautifully structured, supported and inspiring.

  9. Teacher

    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.

  10. Volunteer

    Everything was useful – can’t wait to put all I’ve learnt into practise. Thanks Pamela for freeing my imagination.

  11. Writer/Poet

    Very useful to learn how effective stories can be at achieving better emotional states.

  12. Counsellor

    Really enjoyed the day of creating stories, using metaphor, practising embedded suggestions and having fun doing it.

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