Professional Development Workshop
The Tree of Life is an approach that enables people to speak about their lives in ways that make them stronger.
This narrative therapy approach enables people to talk about their lives in ways that do not re-traumatise them, but instead, strengthen their connection with their history, culture, and the significant people in their lives. It involves encouraging people to draw their own Tree of Life, where they get to talk about their roots (where they come from), their skills and knowledge, their hopes and dreams, and the special people in their lives. Participants then join their trees into a ‘forest of life’.
The Tree of Life methodology was developed through a partnership between REPSSI (Psychosocial Wellbeing for All Children) and the Dulwich Centre Foundation.
Participants will gain an understanding of the Tree of Life methodology and how to:
- encourage vulnerable clients to draw their own Tree of Life
- discuss some of the challenges that affect people’s lives and ways to respond to these
- help clients strengthen their relationships with their history, culture and significant people in their lives.
Counsellors, clinicians, social workers, community workers and health practitioners who work with vulnerable clients.