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13 March / 27 March / 17 April / 15 May / 22 May 2023
10.00am – 12.00pm each session (see dates for details)
Online via Zoom
Fees apply

This course is organised by CoramBAAF.

The objects around us are intertwined with our feelings and experiences. Exploring our relationship with objects can help us tell our stories and give us a greater understanding of other people and ourselves. The course will demonstrate how objects can be used as an accessible tool to evoke, release and relieve emotions, how objects can become a safe home for these feelings, and how a focus on objects can free the imagination and promote creative practices and relationships.  

Who should attend?

Objects and Their Stories is designed for foster carers, social workers, and others, to build on their initial training and is a natural progression and development of life story work. The training will focus on the individual, their story, and how to incorporate this into the work they do with children and young people.  

The course is structured as a reflective space for practitioners and carers, with significant time given to attendees to reflect on their own work and experiences, as well as the children and young people they support. The group is encouraged to try the skills and approaches between sessions, with communication within the group facilitated to support implementation in practice, and build a kind and reflective network for support in the longer-term.  

Themes and learning outcomes

The training will be based around six sessions: 

  • How objects can be meaningful. 
  • Powerful and precious objects. 
  • Using objects to tell the world who you are.  
  • Uncomfortable, puzzling or painful objects.  
  • Using objects and collections of objects to make difficult situations easier.  
  • Exploring life stories through objects. 

Although the focus of the training is work with children and young people, the questions posed can be helpfully asked of anyone – young or adult, personal carer or professional worker. Those attending the course will be invited to share objects from their own lives.  

Participants will receive a Resource Pack, with practice examples and case studies, and a quick start guide for each module. Communication between participants is facilitated to encourage support both during and after the training, with meetings with a course ‘buddy’ suggested between training sessions. 

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