Metaphor and storytelling are powerful tools in
working with clients. The use of metaphor is now understood as a fundamental
aspect of cognition, especially in how we think about our inner experience.
Using metaphor has a long tradition in CBT helping people to understand
therapeutic ideas quickly and also to become more aware of the metaphors on which
they are operating. Similarly, storytelling has a long and rich role in
building relationships and understanding and can create a safe and playful
space in therapy.
This workshop examines how therapists, counsellors, coaches and others can use metaphor and storytelling creatively in their work particularly
taking a CBT perspective. Whilst the workshop focuses on work with children, adolescents and families it can also apply to the use of metaphor and storytelling when working with adults. The aims are to enhance participant’s skills and
confidence in using metaphor and storytelling in their work with both children and adults.
The workshop will:
• Explore using therapist led metaphors to help client
• Describe ways to examine and explore the metaphors
clients bring to the therapeutic process.
• Increase participants confidence in creating and
telling stories for a therapeutic context.
Feedback from previous delegates
Excellent. Thought provoking &
inspiring. Fabulous balance of theory with practical exercises.
The speaker was great, and I learnt
something that I have never covered, which was so refreshing!
Interesting and thought provoking with
lots of practical examples and practice
Inspirational. Lots of ideas generated.
Went away feeling energized
It was excellent! So glad I booked on to
Brilliant, interactive, helpful and fun
The speaker was excellent
Insightful and relevant with some
I now have lots of ideas in how I can
apply CBT creatively. It has definitely helped me to expand my
therapy tool kit.
Dr Steve Killick is a Clinical Psychologist. He worked
for many years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the NHS and as
Clinical Lead for Barnardo’s Child and Family Bereavement Service in Cardiff.
He specialises in the uses of metaphor and storytelling in health and education
settings having written several books and papers in the area. He is currently
working on ‘Storytelling in Families’ with Storytelling Laureate, Taffy Thomas.
He is a Visiting Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at
the University of South Wales and has developed an emotional literacy
intervention using storytelling for schools, ‘Feelings are Funny Things.’
This workshop is suitable for coaches, counsellors
& health professionals working with young people or adults including
clinical and counselling psychologists, doctors, counsellors, social workers,
mental health nurses and CBT practitioners. Also for those working with young
people or adults in educational, social care or third sector settings.
Venue: British Psychological Society, London EC2A 4UE