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

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

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

First Kid on the Moon: an extract

For National Child Protection Week: What follows is an extract from an unpublished fictional work written from the perspective of a young boy in the care system. The novel is titled First Kid on the Moon, and is in three voices: that of the teenager Zayde; his mum; and the social worker assigned to do casework.… Read More

Childhood Trauma Conference Day Three

There are many paths we travel: real paths and those that have a story. In fact, both are connected. Actually, everything is connected; and this is a theme I detected today and is one which has emerged over the last couple of days. So, if we accept that all behaviour is communication, that we need… Read More