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I enjoyed the interactive work, sand tray, clay modelling, role play, interactive questions from other participants and their experience.

There was a wealth of information in the room both with the trainers and the participants attending.

Therapeutic Life Story Work

27 to 29 April 2020

Life story work has evolved over the last 40 years. It originally began as a way of helping children in the care system to develop a sense of identity and continuity. Life story work takes many formats from books, to later life letters and memory boxes.

Over the past 20 years, Family Futures has developed life story work as a therapeutic tool to help children resolve early trauma and form secure attachments with their adoptive parents and foster carers.

Family Futures has integrated ‘child celebration days’ into its life story work providing a source of information for the child and their family, and promoting the message that the child’s life should be celebrated.

Life story work is an innovative and exciting way for children, parents, carers, and their social workers, to look at the child’s history through a therapeutic lens.

Ideally, this work should be routine for all children during their childhood. In our experience, life story work can support children in making contact with their birth families. It helps to prevent some of the more extreme acting out in adolescence such as secret contact with birth parents on social media. Life story work helps to establish open and honest conversations, between young people, their adoptive parents and social workers.

Additional information

Delegate type

Organisation delegate, Self-funding delegate

Course objectives

This course will show you how to use Family Futures’ therapeutic approach to life story work with children and their families. Inevitably, looking at the past can trigger strong feelings in children and they may find it traumatising. Family Futures has developed a life story work model for working with children, and their adoptive parents and carers, that works to address developmental trauma and attachment insecurity, side-by-side.

What skills will you take away?

  • Confidence to address difficult issues from the past with traumatised children
  • A framework for meaningful and therapeutic life story work
  • Ability to use non-verbal and creative arts to help children express difficult and complex feelings
  • Guidance on how to use life story work to support facilitated contact
  • How to use life story work as a source of information for a child and their family

Who should attend?

Professionals working with adopted and Looked After children


Sue Hughes, Social Worker, Integrative Child Psychotherapist & Consultant Practitioner, Family Futures
Sue worked as a social worker with children and families for 18 years before retraining and qualifying as a child psychotherapist 10 years ago, focusing on children in foster care and adoptive families. She then joined the team at Family Futures, where she helps families make sense of early trauma and attachment relationships.

Dr. Juspreet Dhanoa, Clinical Psychologist, Family Futures


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Course times: 10am - 4pm


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