It’s helped me to release my anger in small portions. Now it goes into my pencil and into my stories. I can make a story around how I feel. (Year 5 boy)

Therapeutic Storywriting Groups use the metaphor in stories to support children whose emotional and behavioural difficulties are getting in the way of their learning.

Man and child reading a bookThe intervention is delivered by educational professionals who have attended the 3-day training Setting Up Therapeutic Storywriting Groups.

The Groups are for 6 pupils aged 7-13 years, run for 10 sessions and each session lasts for 1 hour.

Research commissioned by the South-east Region SEN partnership shows that Therapeutic Storywriting Groups help pupils to process difficult feelings, develop social skills and improve pupils’ engagement with writing.

Therapeutic Storywriting Groups have been introduced into 35 LAs in England and are a DCSF example of good inclusive practice (SEN IMPACT: Case Study 14).

Course content 

  • relationship between emotional and cognitive development;
  • the emotional significance of story metaphor
  • active listening in the context of story work
  • set up and delivery of  the 10 week Therapeutic Storywriting intervention

Target group SEN teachers, SENCOs, inclusion support teachers & school counsellors supporting pupils with BESDs at KS 1 & 2.

Course duration 3 days

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Support materials
Book: Therapeutic Storywriting by Dr Trisha Waters, publ. David Fulton, 2004

The training is supported by an online training manual:

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Therapeutic Story Writing book coverTherapeutic Storywriting – A Practical Guide to Developing Emotional Literacy.

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Dino the Dragon

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Dino the Dragon and His Flaming Firebox was written at Moulsecoomb Primary School as part of the 'University of Chichester’s Story Links' project.

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