Themes for Workshops and Talks - for Therapists, Counsellors, Kindergarten & Primary Teachers, Child Care Workers and Parents
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Therapeutic Storytelling: Addressing Challenging Behaviour and Developing Positive Values through the Medium of Story (Introductory Seminar)
In this one day seminar, examples, ideas and techniques for writing healing (‘medicinal’) stories are shared and the therapeutic use of metaphor explored. With the support of a story-making framework, the participants are guided to create their own stories addressing a range of challenging behaviours and challenging situations with children and adults. (The preferred timing for this workshop is 8 hours – 9.00 to 5.00 - which includes a one hour lunch break and two half hour tea breaks. If full translation is required, then allow two days for this workshop.)
Therapeutic Storytelling: Stories Know the Way (Advanced Seminar)
For participants who have attended my introductory TS workshop and/or who have read Sections 1 and 2 of my book 'Healing Stories' or Section A of my book 'Therapeutic Storytelling'
In this one day seminar we will be exploring in greater depth ‘What is Imagination’ and ‘Why do stories know the way’ (or why do stories help find the way)? There will be time allowed for questions and the sharing of ideas/stories created since the previous workshop, as well as time for some new metaphor and story-making exercises. The use of healing stories for community and national challenging situations will be addressed, as well as the therapeutic value of writing stories for oneself. (The preferred timing for this workshop is 8 hours – 9.00 to 5.00 - which includes a one hour lunch break and two half hour tea breaks. If full translation is required, then allow two days for this workshop - 9.00 to 4.30 per day)
Storytelling for Young Children: A Practical Introduction to the Healing Art of Storytelling - using simple props to help the story-reader put down the book and become a storyteller (9.00 to 4.00)
This workshop aims to explore the power of storytelling as a healing art in today's world, especially needed to balance the passive experience of screen time that more and more is dominating our children’s lives. Working with both a theoretical and practical approach, and using simple props and techniques, Susan will demonstrate ways to help adults living and working with young children find steps to ‘put down the book’ and become "tellers" of stories. Participants will spend the workshop hearing and 'playing' with storytelling, and be encouraged to make and use simple props for story ideas - all the while learning new ways to breath imaginative life into their day, at home and at school. (The preferred timing for this workshop is 7 hours – 9.00 to 4.00 - which includes a one hour lunch break and two half hour tea breaks. If full translation is required, then allow two days for this workshop.)
The Tapestry of Discipline: Exploring Creative Approaches with Young Children
In this one day workshop (9.00 to 4.00), ways to weave discipline for young children (ages 0 – 7) as a creative fabric are explored. Discipline is respected and addressed as an art-form. Firstly the foundation or ‘warp’ threads are discussed – threads such as rhythm and consistency; the adult’s ‘inner’ mood; understanding and expectations of different ages and stages; respect and reverence for each child in your care; thinking ahead (nipping potential problems in the bud!); and more. Secondly the creative ‘weft’ threads of the discipline fabric are explored and experienced through the playing of games; humour; examples of conscious & creative speech; and the use of songs and rhymes - the magic power of ‘the pied-piper’.
Note:: There is not enough time in this workshop to explore the creative ‘thread’ of storytelling – to cover this it would need to run in conjunction with the Therapeutic Storytelling workshop – for example, one on a Saturday and the other on a Sunday.
Pumpkins, Bells, Rainbows and Shells
Creating Simple Games For Young Children
In this half day workshop (3 to 4 hrs) the educational value of games for young children (0 – 7 yrs) is addressed, with an emphasis on rhythm and repetition, fun and enjoyment, and creativity and simplicity. Examples of different games are shared and experienced: games to build children’s self-esteem & confidence, to develop gross and fine motor skills, to improve social skills, to help with creative discipline and to help develop a sense of wonder for the natural world. In the second part of the workshop participants are encouraged to create their own games for their own situations – both at home and at school.
More Themes: Talks & Workshops
The Healing Power of Story Language: An Introduction to the Use of Therapeutic Storytelling (for a range of ages and situations - 1.5 hrs)
Every Day Magic: Using Metaphor and Story with Children (1.5 hrs)
Our Children, Our Most Precious Resource: Why it is important for our children to have a childhood! (1.5 hrs)
‘The Magic Thread’ - Simple Wool Crafts for Young Children: Knottings, Finger and 4-Peg Knittings, Twistings, Wrappings and Simple Weavings (9.00 to 4.00)