Life Story Work offers deep reflective work with a child to help them develop a coherent and accurate story of their lives and the lives of people closest to them.
This is key for their understanding and acceptance of who they are and their past experiences. Life Story Work is also about assimilating past events and the effect that significant people in their lives have had on their self-image, self-esteem, sense of self, and common self-states.
This effective intervention helps children and young people recover from abuse, trauma or neglect and make sense of a disrupted upbringing in multiple homes or families.
Through the therapeutic story work, children and young people often reflect in the most moving and profound ways on what has happened to them, and what is happening to them. As a result, they develop a far better sense of who they are, their history, and how they want to live their lives. They go on to ‘make it’ emotionally, socially, and academically.
The intervention involves techniques such as family trees, wallpaper work, and eco- and geno-scaling. It covers the concepts of attachment, loss, magical thinking, identity, and meaning.
All of our services for adoptive parents and Special Guardians are eligible for funding via the Adoption Support Fund (ASF). If you are an adoptive parent or Special Guardian we can give you the information you need to start your ASF application process. Please contact us for more information.