Working with stories of lived experience – the transformative power of storytelling is an accredited online course that explores approaches and perspectives relating to forgiveness, restorative narratives, shame and resilience.
Drawing on 17 years of learning and practice from The Forgiveness Project, this is a skills-based course offering a unique combination of tools, techniques and knowledge for anyone working in such fields as Criminal Justice, Conflict Resolution, Restorative Justice, Restorative Peace Building, Social Care, Mental Health and Well Being, Community Arts and Social Justice.
Each session will consist of three hours of contact time, plus an estimated 3-4 hours of your own time to be spent in between each session working on “creative enquiries” (as a rough guide we estimate a total of 12 hours of your own time to be spent on the course). Creative enquiries enable participants to reflect, explore and try out different approaches outlined in each session.
Between sessions four and five you will be offered a one-to-one mentoring session with Sandra Barefoot, The Forgiveness Project’s Programme Development Lead, to further explore anything that has come out of the sessions within the context of your work.
In addition there is a host of materials, presentations, recordings, comment and reflection from the course leaders and support from your peer learning group.
This will focus on the question of ‘what is your story that brings you to this course?’. A group process will be led to support participants to listen and reflect on connections to one another.
- Understanding how a group process can explore our stories in a safe and non-judgemental way.
- Learning an approach that explores deep listening and connection to one another.