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Course: Working with stories of lived experience

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Course: Working with stories of lived experience2021-06-22T12:20:16+01:00

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

This course explores approaches and perspectives relating to forgiveness, restorative narratives, shame and resilience. It also offers tools and techniques to build participants’ knowledge and practice of the use of storytelling in their work. In addition it offers new and innovative approaches to working with individuals and groups, in order to support participants to develop resilience and empathetic relationships with clients and colleagues.

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.

Course Participant

“A fascinating insight and beautifully-led journey into and through the sensitive and difficult areas of harm, shame, forgiveness and healing.”

Course Participant

“A deep dive and sensitive exploration of how to turn traumatic events into new narratives to live by.”

Course Participant

“Your knowledge of and humility towards all you talked about deeply impressed me. I think I learnt as much from how you presented the material as I did from the course content.”

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

The course is 28 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 – being both 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. To support this there is a tech webinar and an introductory session prior to the main course starting. The course then consists of five sessions, the first four running over four consecutive weeks, with the final session held three weeks later.

Dates

  • Tech webinar: Tuesday, 20 July at 8 – 8.45am BST – click here to see the time where you live – this will be recorded so there is no requirement to watch live.
  • Introductory session: Thursday, 22 July at 8 – 10am BST – click here to see the time where you live.
  • Session 1: Thursday, 29 July at 7 – 10am BST – click here to see the time where you live.
  • Live conversation: Friday, 30 July at 9am BST – click here to see the time where you live. This will be a bonus live conversation between two of The Forgiveness Project’s storytellers which will be recorded so there is no requirement to watch live.
  • Session 2: Thursday, 5 August at 7 – 10am BST – click here to see the time where you live.
  • Session 3: Thursday, 12 August at 7 – 10am BST – click here to see the time where you live.
  • Session 4: Thursday, 19 August at 7 – 10am BST – click here to see the time where you live.
  • Session 5: Thursday, 9 September at 7 – 10am BST – click here to see the time where you live.

NB: This course is running early in the morning specifically to cater for participants from Asia and Australasia but you are welcome to join us from anywhere in the world!

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

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.

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 “creative enquiries” and they will be adaptable to your needs.

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.

Costs & booking

The cost of the course is £950 GBP for individuals and £1350 GBP for organisations. There are only 18 places on the course. Payment schedules are available but all fees must be paid prior to the course starting.

Due to the nature of the course – being both 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 GBP 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 at rachel@theforgivenessproject.com.

If you would like to hold a place on the course running later in the year which will run to suit the US and Europe time zones please also email Rachel at rachel@theforgivenessproject.com (no deposit required until the course dates are released in the summer of 2021).

Facilitators

The course will be facilitated by Sandra Barefoot, The Forgiveness Project’s Programme Development Lead, with Marina Cantacuzino MBE, Founder of The Forgiveness Project. The course will also include input from our storytellers from The Forgiveness Project.

Sandra Barefoot, The Forgiveness Project’s Programme Development Lead

Sandra Barefoot is The Forgiveness Project’s Programme Development Lead and 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 eleven years has been working with The Forgiveness Project’s RESTORE prison programme as lead facilitator and programme manager. 

Sandra is a joint fellow under the Griffin Society/Cambridge University researching Shame and Resilience with women of lived experience of prison.

Marina Cantacuzino, Founder of 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).

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