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Every Child's Life Is Worth A Story


Writing Life Narratives with Children in Gestalt Therapy

  • Starts Sep 2
  • 420 US dollars
  • Solvang, CA

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Service Description

Erving Polster wrote a book entitled, Every Person's Life is Worth A Novel (1987). He recognized that in therapy, the story of each person's life held all the elements of a gripping novel. He writes that there is a healing effect from a person learning how remarkably interesting his life's journey has been. Laura Perls changed his title for a lecture she presented at the New York Institute in 1988, "Every Novel is a Case History". After over 30 years as a child therapist, I have found that one of the most profound healing effects in therapy is in co-writing with a child a cohesive story of her life or a life experience. The findings of neurobiology and research in attachment theory confirm and inform this approach, as well as narrative theory and traditional storytelling. The collaborative process moves the child toward greater neural integration and a sense of stability and well-being in the child’s life. When a therapist writes a child's life narrative, he works closely with a child and the creativity of both result in an emotionally rich and coherent story. Presenter: Felicia Carroll, LMFT, RPT-S CE: 12 contact hours


Upcoming Sessions


Cancellation Policy

Cancellation notice must be received two weeks in advance of the program starting dates. The registration fee may not be refunded for a last minute notification. Notification must be in writing to WCI either through email or snail mail. With this notice, paid fees can be refunded or applied to a future program if available for registration at the time of cancellation. If for any reason, WCI cancels a program, all fees will be refunded. WCI is not responsible for any travel or lodging costs due to cancellations. For Groups: should any group member(s) cancel or not complete any remaining balance for any reason, leaving only one individual as part of the group, the discounted amount will be payable by the remaining member for their individual registration.


Contact Details

(800) 550-0617 ex.2

admin@westcoastinstitute.us

Suite 120 723 E Locust Ave, Fresno, CA, USA

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