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Narrative work
The development of a positive sense of self

Level: 4 | Modules: 1 | Hours: 20

Our identity as human beings is built upon the story we tell ourselves in making sense of our lives. Children who have lived through adversity in their early experience often cannot create a positive narrative. The story they tell themselves is harmful and negative. This course enables learners to understand the importance of narrative, and to develop skills in helping children and young people to create a strong and positive sense of self.

Target audience: School staff | Social workers | Foster carers | Adopters

Learning outcomes / assessment criteria

  1. Understand how childhood trauma affects the creation of life narrative
    1. Explain how narrative forms part of child development
    2. Analyse the importance of narrative formation across key dimensions of childhood development
    3. Explain how childhood trauma can affect narrative formation
  2. Be able to develop skills in narrative work
    1. Identify key elements of formal and informal life story work in helping children build narrative
    2. Explain how you can enable children and young people with impaired narrative formation to begin to make sense of their lives
    3. Demonstrate how you can work with children and young people with distorted narratives to develop a strong and positive sense of identity
  3. Understand how systems & processes can promote positive narrative or reinforce distortions
    1. Analyse how different people in the network can have a constructive or destructive impact on the child’s developing narrative
    2. Demonstrate how you can influence others in the network to promote the development of a positive sense of self for the child

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