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Course: Working with stories of lived experience

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Course: Working with stories of lived experience2020-12-02T18:39:38+00:00

Working with stories of lived experience – the transformative power of storytelling

A new course designed to explore approaches and perspectives relating to forgiveness, restorative narratives, shame and resilience. This course offers tools and techniques to build participants’ knowledge and practice of the use of storytelling in their work. It offers new and innovative approaches to working with individuals and groups, and supports participants to develop resilience and empathetic relationships with clients and colleagues.

Drawing on 15 years 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.

Key learning points:

  • Using storytelling as a transformative tool for change
  • Methods of collecting, collating and sharing restorative narratives
  • Creative approaches used to support people so they can speak and share their stories safely
  • Using the Restorative Circle process
  • Examining concepts of forgiveness, restorative justice and reparation from an individual and global perspective
  • Navigating the Trauma Healing map
  • Understanding Shame Resilience theory and its application in many contexts

Course is 12 CPD hours – certificate available on request. CPD accredited through NAOS Institute by the National Council for Psychotherapists.


Structure & approach:

Due to the nature of the course – both being online and dealing with difficult subject matters – we will be conducting an interview with all potential participants prior to final acceptance on to the course.

We are crucially aware that attending a course online, often from our home environments can bring its own set of challenges and difficulties. In our preparatory discussion with you, we will ascertain your needs and factor any of these into the course structure if and when needed.

The course has been tailored specifically for online learning and allows time for participants to digest, reflect and input. The course consists of four sessions, the first three running over three consecutive weeks, with the final session a month later.

  • Session 1: Thursday, 4 February, 3pm – 6.30pm GMT – click here to see the time where you live
  • Session 2: Thursday, 11 February, 3pm – 6.30pm GMT – click here to see the time where you live
  • Session 3: Thursday, 18 February, 3pm – 6.30pm GMT – click here to see the time where you live
  • Session 4: Thursday, 18 March, 3pm – 6.30pm GMT – click here to see the time where you live

NB: This course is running specifically for participants in Europe and the Americas, we will be running the course again later in the spring to work with participants from Asia and Australasia.

Each session will consist of 3.5 hours of contact time, plus an estimated 3-4 hours of your own time spent in between sessions working on micro-experiments. Micro-experiments enable participants to reflect, explore and practically try out different approaches outlined in each session.

For details on the Learning Outcomes for each session, please click here.

We have created very clear boundaries around structure, timings and the appropriate framing of any resources we suggest you watch, listen and respond to alone. There will be a choice of micro-experiments and they will be adaptable to your needs.

Between sessions 3 and 4 you will be offered one-to-one mentoring sessions with both Marina and Sandra to further explore any element of the course – for instance a particular concept from one of the sessions that may require guidance within the context of your work.


Costs and booking:

The cost of the course is £830 for organisations, £580 for individuals. Payment schedules are available but all fees must be paid prior to the course starting.

Due to the nature of the course – both being online and dealing with difficult subject matters – we will be conducting an interview with all potential participants prior to final acceptance on to the course.

To reserve a place, an initial deposit of £50 is required. This is fully refundable if after the interview it is agreed that the course is not suitable. For details on how to pay your deposit, please email rachel@theforgivenessproject.com.

If you would like to hold a place on the course running later in the spring for participants from Asia and Australasia please also email rachel@theforgivenessproject.com (no deposit required until the course dates are released early in 2021).


Facilitators:

The workshop will be facilitated by Marina Cantacuzino, Founder of The Forgiveness Project, and Sandra Barefoot, Programme Manager of The Forgiveness Project’s RESTORE programme. The course will also include input from storytellers from The Forgiveness Project.

Marina Cantacuzino MBE is the founder of The Forgiveness Project, a charity that uses the real stories of people with lived experience of harm to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice can be used to impact positively on people’s lives. She is an award-winning journalist, and author of several books including The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age (2015) and Forgiveness is Really Strange (2018).

Sandra Barefoot has over 25 years’ experience of facilitation, and programme management within many diverse contexts, and in particular within theatre and the arts. She is trained in process work and facilitating groups experiencing trauma and for over ten years has been working with The Forgiveness Project’s RESTORE prison programme as lead facilitator. Sandra is a joint fellow under the Griffin Society/ Cambridge University researching Shame and Resilience with women of lived experience of prison.

 

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