Life story and living with dementia

Building a life story can be an important aid for family when one of their loved one’s has onset dementia. The process provides an opportunity to share and celebrate, to acknowledge and build on relationships. It’s a time for togetherness and belonging. Therapeutic Life Story can honour this within a therapeutic alliance that helps take… Read More

Leaving care: the argument to raise from 18 to 21

A seminar at my local university, Southern Cross, here on the Gold Coast, where Paul McDonald of Home Stretch speaks about the campaign to support young people in care until they are at least 21. The evidence is there, he says, and is supported by research from Deloitte Access Economics, as well as countries that have… Read More

Sensory Bears: one, two and three

Some while ago I posted on sensory bears made by colleagues of mine in the Therapeutic Life Story space – see here for the link. I have long wanted to make my own and here bear is: Bear is just no more than 20cm tall and filled with rice. Here is bear number two, slightly… Read More

Beacon House: a wonderful resource

I have come across, stumbled across the excellent resources [free] offered by Beacon House, a UK-based therapeutic agency. Do visit this link as there are some great graphics and many other aides that will assist in showing carers the impacts of trauma on the children in their care.   https://beaconhouse.org.uk/useful-resources/  

Another Story Cube resource

I don’t usually go shopping: not outside of bookstores and toyshops. But Christmas is that time of year when it is virtually impossible to resist a visit to the ‘Centre’, that megafactory of brash and undisguised consumerism. Hate it all you like but it’s a magnet that draws even the most resistant of the species.… Read More