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Course – Learning Outcomes2021-08-16T12:18:49+01:00

Learning Outcomes

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.

Introductory session

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding how a group process can explore our stories in a safe and non-judgemental way.
  2. Learning an approach that explores deep listening and connection to one another.

Session 1

Focuses on forgiveness and storytelling and the power of narrative to transform lives whether positively or negatively. Our attention will be on stories of forgiveness, reparation, restoration and healing. We will also look at different approaches of collecting, creating, curating and sharing stories.

An additional live conversation with two of our storytellers will be held by Marina and Sandra to investigate the complexity of issues when sharing your story publicly. Timings and date tbc.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Skills in collecting, collating and sharing stories
  2. Greater understanding of concepts of forgiveness
  3. How to use the creative arts when collecting and sharing stories
  4. Understanding the impact of sharing your story publicly

Session 2

Focuses on understanding the Trauma Healing Cycle and exploring Restorative Narratives with particular focus on what constitutes a ‘restorative narrative’ and the methods by which you can identify, collect and share such stories.

Learning Outcomes

  1. An understanding of recognising and reconciling trauma
  2. An understanding of what constitutes a restorative narrative
  3. Approaches to mapping and collecting a restorative narrative

Session 3

Exploring shame, resilience and self-forgiveness. There will be a specific focus on Shame Resilience Theory and how group processes can be led that support a shame resilience informed approach.

A conversation looking at the nuance of shame and where it can go wrong within the context of the work environment will be shared to explore how facilitation of speaking about shame can be held.

Learning Outcomes

  1. An understanding of the complexity of shame and its relationship to self-forgiveness
  2. An understanding of Shame Resilience Theory and its application in different contexts
  3. Skills to work within a shame resilience informed approach.

Session 4

Exploring a specific approach to holding difficult conversations. This day will focus on restorative circle processes looking at different ways to navigate questions and approaches that support people to address difficult issues. We will teach and demonstrate these approaches to showcase how to facilitate reflective, restorative and difficult conversations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understanding different ways to work with a variety of circle processes and their application in different environments
  2. To learn facilitation skills and techniques for use in circle processes
  3. To explore and understand questions that work most effectively in this process and their impact upon how we listen

Session 5

Focuses on how participants have contextualised their learning and practically applied this into their work context. We will be exploring reflections and experiences particularly where challenges have arisen and revisiting particular aspects of approaches and perspectives to consolidate learning.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Consolidation of theory and practice within the context of your field
  2. How to adapt approaches to a variety of contexts
  3. Understand and identify key elements of learning that support best outcomes/impact for your clients

For more information and to be added to the waiting list for the next course, please email Sandra at sandra@theforgivenessproject.com.

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