Richard Rose - Professional Diploma Therapeutic Life Story Work
2020 / 2021
- 1 October 2020 - 31 May 2021
Applications Now Open!
Berry Street and TLSWi (Therapeutic Life Story Work International) are excited to be launching the Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Life Story Work 2020/21.
Now in it's fifth year in Australia, this course is developed and delivered by international expert Richard Rose.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty around the resumption of international travel, the course will be delivered as a combination of online and face-to-face learning.
- Block 1 & 2 will be delivered online in October & November
- Block 3 & 4 wil be delivered face-to-face in Melbourne and Sydney (this is dependent upon the resumption of international travel in 2021, without compulsory quarantine periods).
The course commences in October 2020 and finishes in May 2021. Participants are required to: attend 12 days of compulsory classroom training (6 days online and 6 days face to face); conduct practical therapeutic life story work with an identified client; complete two written assignments; and give an oral presentation. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a formal qualification through TLSWi.
What is Therapeutic Life Story Work?
Therapeutic Life Story Work enables children and young people who have experienced the trauma of child abuse and neglect and who are struggling with the pain of their past to reflect, develop compassion for themselves and move on. It is a defined approach, designed to introduce the past as markers for the present. Once these are understood, the child is supported in considering how to move on to make significant changes, as a result of a far deeper understanding and awareness of how their history has been negatively impacting on their present. In essence, Therapeutic Life Story Work is not just about the who, what, where, when, why and how, but how a painful past, if not reflected on and worked through, can go on to blight the present and future. Instead, if we can help children to think about their history of trauma and loss, to understand its origins and effects, we can identify and understand the ‘ghosts of the past’ so children are no longer haunted by them.
This is a comprehensive 12 day course based on Richard Rose's 'Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice' (2012). It is designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake Therapeutic Life Story Work with children and young people during the course of their work.
Course participants will learn how to help children and young people to understand their behaviours, feelings and thoughts in light of their past. Participants will be empowered to enable children and teenagers to reflect on what has happened to them instead of moving into destructive repetitions of past pain and/or re-victimisation (e.g. bullying). The course will focus in particular on interventions such as family trees, wallpaper work, and eco- and geno-scaling. It covers the concepts of attachment, trauma, loss, relevant brain science, magical thinking, identity and meaning.
Participants will learn:
- Understand the value and components of Therapeutic Life Story Work
- Understand the various models of information collation
- Communicate with children and understand their emotions
- Interpret and make best use of opportunities in the process
- Improve their skills in working directly with children in terms of life narratives
- Address sensitive and painful issues and turn these into acceptance
- Address trauma and loss with empathetic understanding
- Create Life Story Books which are useful, valuable and represent the child
Who Should Attend
- child protection workers
- case workers/case managers in out of home care and youth justice
- family support workers
- behaviour support workers
- counsellors and therapists
- teachers and early childhood educators
- social workers and psychologists
Course Fee: $4,000
The Course Fee of $4,000 is to be paid upon acceptance to the course and no later than September 18, 2020.
For more information please click here.
Practitioners who wish to apply need to go through an application process.
To find out how to apply please click here.
Course Applications close on Friday August 14, 2020.
Block 1 and Block 2 of this course will be delivered online via Zoom.
Block 3 & Block 4 will be delivered in both Melbourne and Sydney.
See our course website for further venue location information.
- 1 October 2020 - 31 May 2021