How to tell stories that heal
– master the art of therapeutic storytelling
Stories and metaphor are a powerful way to stimulate hope and by-pass resistance – they can also enhance problem solving and creativity, beneficially impact the mind/body system and much more…
How to tell stories that heal
Accredited CPD: 6 hours
Length 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)
Tutor: Dr Gareth Hughes
- Price: £198 per person
Price includes lunch, refreshments and course notes
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Wonderful – inspiring, informative and empowering communication skills masterclassJeni Nelson, Psychotherapist / Hypnotherapist
NEXT AVAILABLE DATE: Wed 3rd October, Leeds – this popular course fills up fast, book your place online now or call our friendly team on 01323 811690 to avoid disappointment. Other dates and venues available.
Why take this course
Stories can be incredibly powerful therapeutic tools. They help bypass rigid views about life, enhancing the listener’s flexibility of thought. And by suspending ordinary constraints, they help people reclaim optimism whilst fueling their imaginations with the energy necessary to attain goals. In the physically ill, they can also stimulate the immune system and speed recovery.
All successful psychotherapy and counselling involves storytelling and the use of pertinent metaphors, both of which tap into the natural way our brains work.
We can’t know what goes on in another person’s mind but, if you perceive the ‘pattern’ of a story and understand that it could be useful to them at a specific point in their life, that is reason enough to tell it. Their unconscious, creative imagination will seek and find the ‘meaning’ relevant to their situation. No explanation, no direct statement of a story’s meaning can substitute for the way it acts on the hearer’s mind.
Join us to discover more and learn how to source and tell such therapeutic tales yourself…
Gareth was fantastic, brought a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm as well as stories to the course...Project Manager
Wonderful practical skills - I was entranced the whole day...Psychiatrist
What will you learn
- How and why our brains work through ‘pattern-matching’
- How to use this profoundly useful tool for getting through to people stuck in the black-and-white thinking of emotional distress
- A powerful way to stimulate optimism, hope and independence in
- Increased ability to source and tell therapeutic stories yourself
- Ways to enhance your own problem solving capacity, as well as being better able to help others with theirs
- A new way to motivate and engage people
- Insights into the mind/body communication system and how useful this tool can be for promoting healing and recovery
- A great way to build rapport and bypass resistance
- How to choose the appropriate stories and metaphors for different people, and when to use them
- Practical ways in which therapists, teachers, GPs, managers, policy planners etc can apply this knowledge to their work
- The ability to enhance flexibility of thought, creativity and confidence in your clients
- How stories and metaphor can also help us diagnose where problems lie
- A new love and deeper understanding of the value, resonances and resources within stories
- Greater confidence in dealing with a wide range of people – and a solid understanding of, and practise in, the therapeutic precision of metaphor and more…
So informative and relevant to my everyday work..School Counsellor
The ‘How to tell stories that heal’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.
Who is this course suitable for?
- Anyone involved in psychotherapy, counselling or social work who needs to harness the therapeutic power of metaphor by being an effective storyteller
- It is also valuable for the medical and nursing professions to know how to tell stories that lift depression and promote healing
- Anyone interested in the age-old power of metaphor and storytelling for professional or personal reasons
This course has been independently accredited by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office for 6 hours of CPD training.
On completion of this training you’ll receive CPD certificates from the College and the CPD Standards Office.
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Up to now I hadn't appreciated the impact stories can have on situations. The more tools a social worker has in their box, the better. This workshop was exceptionally well delivered.Social Worker – Children & Families
Truly magical yet intensely practical and applicable to so many situations.Local Authority Officer
A superb new way to empower and help my clients.Psychotherapist
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Fantastic day of learning, delivered by such a skilled tutor, Gareth. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and I’d like thank both the human givens tutors and hotel for a lovely, calm experience.
Gareth was fantastic, brought a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm as well as stories to the course. The resources are excellent and the activities were inventive and immersive.
Really wonderful and informative. It was captivating and engaging. Loved all of the stories that were told and also that the exercises were thought-provoking – and harder than initially expected. Lunch and breaks were great.
I loved hearing all the many stories on this course. It was interesting and challenging to break down story telling and also to learn how to build stories back up. Relaxing and powerful messages found in the stories.
Beautiful mix of artistic and therapeutic. Great pace, good opportunities to share, try, progress, listen. Like the examples of real work as it helps consolidate and inspire!
The course presenter did an excellent job of illuminating this course and involving the participants throughout. The initial natural hesitation to speak out was removed, so to use a metaphor, “it was like unscrewing a tight bottle top – some resistance at first and then progressively easier to remove the top and get to the drink within it”.
An excellent and enjoyable presentation – highly informative. Lots of starting points to enable me to incorporate story-telling in a new way into my own practice.
Effortless gathering of knowledge through stories and shared experience.
Wonderful, inspiring, informative and empowering.
Excellent atmosphere created by the tutor. I enjoyed every minute of the workshop. I learned a lot about therapeutic aspects of storytelling and how they can be used to help people.
Excellent. Got so much from today’s course. So many things fall into place for me. Thank you!
Fun, funny and philosophical. Deepened my understanding of metaphors and their use in therapy.
What a fantastic day from start to finish. I have learnt so much about storytelling and how to use it. I has given me confidence to tell stories and recognise metaphor.
Has really put some focus on the importance of storytelling in therapy and provided some much needed references to further investigate
Packed with useful, practical ideas about therapeutic storytelling. Very engaging presentation that kept me interested even though it was my third day of training! Thank you.
Totally enlightening. Gareth is totally engaging.
Really enjoyed the day. Very engaging, well presented and lots to take away.
Brilliant course – has inspired me to make more use of story and metaphor
Inspiring and emotional – creative and liberating.
Inspirational, well crafted, full of useful concrete info.
Wonderful dive into stories – super useful and enjoyable
Gareth guided us through how stories can be used in therapy.
Gareth is an amazing teacher. His method of teaching I find very straight to the point, but is also able to break down into bite-size for all to understand. Thanks Gareth
Beyond expectations – it was gripping and made me excited to go out and see each day as a story.
This course was an excellent reminder that we have all the resourceful stories within us. We’ve just forgotten that we learnt them as a child, so need to tap into our imagination and rely on it.
I really enjoyed today’s course. Teaching was great as I have come to expect from previous courses.
Gareth was a wonderful teacher who instantly put me at ease and captivated me with his stories. The activities were very revealing and stimulating. Very well paced.
Practical information for every therapist
Engaging material, informative content
Things to use in your therapy room right away
Very insightful on how storytelling is used for the betterment of people.
Good introduction to storytelling and recognising how this is used every day and therapeutically. Really enjoyed seeing this in action and how it fits into the wider HG schema.
Very interesting, great demonstration and learning about storytelling.
A thoroughly enjoyable day explaining stories in the practice of HG.
Gareth, as always, captivating.
Gareth is a fantastic storyteller – and is great at explaining. So easy to listen and learn.
a wonderful introduction to the power of storytelling in a therapeutic setting.
Absolutely enjoyed every minute. No jargon, informative, engaging, essential to my practice/therapeutic approach. Gareth has a very calm, relating voice – very clear.
Really enjoyable course – useful skills and tips to be applied in daily life and super interesting to learn the power of storytelling and metaphors to draw upon clients’ own resources in helping them find solutions.
Having attended previous human givens courses, I was confident of gaining much from coming today. My aim is now to have 2 notebooks to continually add to: one for metaphors, and one for stories
I found it really engaging and it has inspired me to integrate the learning into my therapy practice
An excellent introduction to therapeutic storytelling with lots of real life working examples
Fabulous story-telling day. So enjoyable!
Fantastic tutor, engaging content and very practical skills-based exercises
Superb day of learning. Featured all the elements necessary of therapeutic storytelling. Great tutor
A highly enjoyable and informative course. I particularly enjoyed the practical elements which strengthened the points covered and gave me a great understanding of the techniques discussed.
Great tutor, lots of food for thought, lots of practical exercises
This was a good course, but I would have liked a bit more info and depth
Very easy to access, practical and applicable. A good mix of teaching styles – delivery excellent. Wanted more and will be back!
It was empowering to feel how telling stories and using people’s own metaphors can shift perception and help to go deeper in the therapeutic and personal issues.
I was enthralled from start to finish, it’s a fascinating subject delivered by an expert teacher. Could spend the whole week on this!
This was really a totally new area for me and I really enjoyed it. Denise presented & facilitated it with passion and professionalism and Fiona made sure the logistics of on-line live delivery were conquered. The content was good, the prospects are exciting, secrets of storytelling were shared, and participation is fairly high and indeed very enjoyable. We were broken out into work groups of 2 to 6 people for well-crafted exercises on a regular basis to ensure a good balance of listening and doing. It’s a great bridge between theory and practice and, as ever, HG roots the approach in neuro-science fact and not on fad. Really looking forward to more workshops in the near future.
How to start?! It was well organised and superbly presented. Denise was very professional and attentive answering all the question from the group. The way we have been involved in story telling, searching meaning in stories in different groups was excellent. Absolutely top notch way of doing online course. Well done, I have learned a lot, thank you.
If you already understand stories and metaphor then I think this could be a very interesting and useful course. Although some things were useful, due to my own blocks, personally I am not yet sure just how useful this course has been for me.
Very informative and enjoyable.
I love it because it was very interactive which make it more remarkable and remembered.
The day was really interesting with lots of opportunity to participate. I learnt a lot and as a beginner am now keen to do more research as many sources were identified and begin to weave into my practice.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day, it was so interesting and Denise explained the topics throughout the day really well. Thank you.
A great introduction to the therapeutic use of story telling.
Exceptionally well delivered day, I was transported to another world!
Subtle but very powerful ways of giving hope to people. I can see this being incredibly helpful in my work.
Very useful to use stories within brief therapy, especially with clients who may be ‘stuck’ – thank you
Fascinating use of using the creative side of the brain – and today has given me confidence to do this. Thank you so much for passing this skill/awareness on.
Real insight – this will have a huge impact on the way I work.
I’ve always loved reading/films but hadn’t appreciated how I can use these stories/experiences in day to day life and in the surgery in a therapeutic setting. Lots of ideas for helping patients during consultations.
Wonderful, entertaining and mentally stretching.
It was enlightening to see how much one can do with fragments of ideas – changes one’s perspective on how to communicate.
The power of stories is amazing!
Workshop was so rich and versatile being interactive – role plays made it a very good learning experience.
A super day. It was over before I realised it had started. Very stimulating.
Excellent. Challenged my perceptions of the sub text of stories – and it’s good to be challenged!
Really enjoyed the experience – powerful, an unforgettable day!
Just hits the nail on the head about life, love and humankind – I will use this approach more and more in my life and work.
An excellent combination of theory and practical experience presented in a very rich way.
I work with people who have been institutionalised and a story with hope can be so valuable.
The power of stories is fascinating. I particularly liked the idea of being able to use my creativity in a new way.
This workshop has given me loads of confidence and understanding which was exactly what I’d hoped for!
Brilliant! Lots of new insights into using storytelling as therapy and for self development.
Totally relevant and appropriate to my work in coaching and development – based on solid foundation.
I can’t wait to use these new skills in my own GP practice.
So informative and relevant to my everyday work.