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Storytelling for counselling

Event Details
Date: 28th - 29th June 2018
Venue: Burwood, NSW
CPD hrs: 12 Hours

$660.00 - Standard Fee
$560.00 - Student Price

Organiser: Sydney Centre for Creative Change
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Stories provide powerful metaphors to inspire, teach and guide. Stories can help to give hope, to build resilience, to develop positive values and to effect behaviour change. In this introductory two day workshop, examples, ideas and techniques for writing healing stories will be shared and the therapeutic use of metaphor explored.

With the support of a story-making framework, you will be guided in metaphor mapping and create your own stories to address a range of challenging behaviours and situations. Through case study illustrations and practical exercises, this workshop will introduce you to a range of therapeutic stories

Learning outcomes

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Appreciate the historical and cultural value of storytelling, and imagination as a ‘way of knowing’
  • Identify the genre of therapeutic storytelling and therapeutic writing framework
  • Appreciate the therapeutic use of metaphor as ‘story seeds’
  • Explore the process of metaphor mapping
  • Identify different aspects of children’s behaviour and the link to story resolutions
  • Use a random ‘story bag’ approach to stimulate imaginative story ideas
  • Construct a therapeutic story for a chosen theme

Presenter details

Susan Perrow M.Ed

Susan passionately believes 'stories know the way'! She has an extensive background in lecturing, consulting, writing and storytelling. Susan is based in Australia but travels internationally giving workshops and training seminars for teachers, counsellors and health professionals – in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and China.

In 2000, Susan developed the first course on Storytelling for an Australian University (S.C.U.) and completed her Masters Research on Storytelling. She has received Australian Government funding to pilot creative courses and (storytelling) resources for children with challenging behaviour. Her work at a U.S. National Medical Conference - 'This Examined Life' - at Iowa University in 2013 was accredited by the AMA.

Susan writes, collects and documents stories that offer a therapeutic journey for the storyteller and listener – a positive, imaginative way of helping resolve challenging situations. Her story work has led to the publication of two resource books in eight languages: ‘Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour’ and ‘Therapeutic Storytelling - 101 Healing Stories for Children’ (Hawthorn Press, U.K.). Today her time is spent writing, consulting with teachers, parents and therapists, and running workshops on therapeutic storytelling.

Date and location

28th - 29th June 2018

Burwood RSL
96 Shaftesbury Rd

Burwood, Sydney


$660.00 - Standard Fee
$560.00 - Student Price


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