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

On Storyboarding: an add-on to TLSW

Storyboarding is used mainly by creatives in cinema, TV, advertising and so on, as a visual way to represent a storyline. Similarly, it can be used by social workers and other professionals working in mental health, addictions, child protection and child abuse. So write Hiles, Essex, Fox and Luger in a paper titled: The ‘words and… Read More

Coherence and chance: a life story

Ever wondered at what age an individual starts to put together a coherent life story? This is the question examined by Tilmann Habermas and Susan Bluck in a paper published 18 years ago in the Psychological Bulletin. The article, Getting a Life: The emergence of the life story in adolescence, is available to download so I… Read More

Music and therapy

I had a wonderful experience yesterday at a workshop run by Lisa Gardiner of Sal Consulting, organised through the YWCA [to whom much thanks]. I was only able to attend the Friday workshop, with the Thursday session being based around art materials, drawing and clay modelling. But I was thrilled to learn about the value… Read More

Ducks and empathy

Three years ago almost to the day, I attended a workshop in Brisbane run by Cathy Malchiodi the US psychologist and creative therapist. It was a wonderful day [far too short of course] and cemented my belief in the transformative power of creativity to bring about change.  One of the hand-on activities we did that… Read More