The Tree of Life is a psychosocial support tool based on narrative therapy practices. It is a tool that uses the different parts of a tree as a metaphor to represent the different aspects of our lives. It involves people drawing their own ‘Tree of Life’ in which they get to speak of their ‘roots’ (where they come from), their skills and knowledge, their hopes and dreams, and the special people in their lives. The participants then join their trees into a ‘forest of life’ and, in a group, discuss some of the ‘storms’ that affect their lives and ways that they respond to these storms, protect themselves, and each other. The use of metaphors and carefully formulated narrative questions invites children and others to tell stories about their lives in ways that make them stronger and more hopeful about the future.
In this training, you will undertake the Tree of Life yourself in order to understand how the tool is used. Please come with a willingness to engage in your own tree of life and reflect on your own life in a group-based setting.
This training is designed to be experiential as well as theoretical which will enable you to deliver the tree of life in your context with groups of people.
- Standard 3 – Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
- Standard 5 – Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
- Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
- Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
1-Day Program – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
South – Professional Learning Institute, Glenorchy
- Term 2 – Monday 5 June 2023