Giving voice to the inner world
Therapeutic Storywriting is a creative way for SEN teachers to support children with emotional difficulties and academic literacy at the same time.
By working with the metaphor in stories – co-invented by both by the child and the teacher – emotional issues are addressed in a way that does not overwhelm the child.
Many children with emotional difficulties, who may find it hard to stay on task in the classroom, can suddenly become completely focused and motivated when storywriting.
Train to deliver Therapeutic Storywriting Groups Intervention
- relationship between emotional and cognitive development;
- the emotional significance of story metaphor
- active listening in the context of story work
- set up and delivery of the 10 week Therapeutic Storywriting intervention
SEN teachers, SENCOs, inclusion support teachers & school counsellors supporting pupils with BESDs at KS 1 & 2.
3 days over several weeks with various start dates
- Book: Therapeutic Storywriting by Dr Trisha Waters, publ. David Fulton, 2004
- Online training manual: www.therapeuticstorywritingtraining.co.uk
Research commissioned by the South-east Region SEN partnership shows that Therapeutic Storywriting Groups help pupils to process difficult feelings, develop social skills and improve pupils’ engagement with writing.
Therapeutic Storywriting Groups have been introduced into over 35 LAs in England and are a DCSF example of good inclusive practice (SEN IMPACT: Case Study 14).