Our online courses allow you to study at your own time and pace. They cover all the information you need. In addition, there are online workshops that allow you to discuss, practise skills and get tips and suggestions. Our team of Tutors are Nicola Grove, retired speech and language therapist and founder of the approach, Katrina Arab and Flo Hopwood, teachers from Three Ways School, and Adam Varney who has years of experience at Turning Point and now runs Forest school sessions for young people from Exeter House school in Salisbury.
Face to face training either on zoom or in person enables us to customise the training to your particular needs and the people with whom you work. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Foundation courses – FREE
Get the basics, learn the background, see the evidence. Two courses customised for educational settings and for work with adults
Then go on to…
Licensed Practitioner Course – £185 SPECIAL PRICE FOR 2021
Gain the skills to put the ideas into accredited practice. Read and listen to the online presentations, complete simple assignments, attend workshops, submit evidence of your practice when you feel ready.
Run courses and masterclasses, and accredit practitioners within your organisation.
By application only, open to those who have successfully completed the courses and have a valid current certificate.
Webinars and Masterclasses
These are online events that extend our understanding and ability to share stories with a range of people, and in different settings. They are designed to challenge us and help us grow with story!
What they say…
I found the course really valuable not just in its content, but also meeting other likeminded individuals to discuss ideas and good practice. The content has made me think about how/what I deliver to my students across the curriculum and in storysharing sessions. It’s opened my up thinking to improve my own skills in communication, self-advocacy and most importantly… having FUN!
The online course is really accessible, easy to follow and the assignments are so practical and help with reflection.
I love sharing my real-life experiences of using storysharing in my class and the impact it has had on everyone – because it is HUGE (even in this short time) I actually often find myself throughout the week stopping and going “that would make a great story”. I have a pile of the story forms in my classroom so any time I see something that could be a great story I will throw them at my TAs and get them to write it down. My wonderful TAs have really got on board with it and love our sessions too.
Who can take the training?
Anyone who would like to discover how to support someone with communication difficulties to share stories as an everyday activity. The course has been completed by family members, professionals working in education, social care, health and arts therapy.
For the Practitioner course you must have first completed the Foundation course.
For the Tutor course you must have a valid current Practitioner licence, and your application needs to be approved by the Storysharing team.
How do I apply?
You can register directly on the site. Any problems, email us at l email@example.com.
Are there group discounts?
Yes we can offer these. Please contact us to discuss how to arrange a discount for 2 or more people within one organisation taking the course firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will it take?
The Foundation courses take about 30 minutes each to complete.
The Licensed Practioner course has around 6 hours of online study, including workshop attendance, with your own reading and assignments taking… well… that depends on you! We estimate that you will need around 12 – 18 hours total to develop your skills, collect and submit your evidence.
You have full access to the online materials for 6 months, starting from the date you log in. We know how difficult things can be, so you can extend to a further 6 months for a fee of £30.00. Just email us at email@example.com and we can arrange this.
The licence is issued once you have submitted at least 2 (not more than 3) short films to demonstrate your skills. We support you through the process with feedback and one or two tutorials based on reflective practice and positive reinforcement. We are not interested in perfection, and we ourselves are learning all the time!
Before I submitted my films I was so nervous, but there was really no need to be. The feedback I received was positive, constructive and helpful for me to move forward and grow as a practitioner. It’s given me more confidence to share stories within my class and show the impact of this to other staff members and my senior leadership team. I used storysharing as part of my performance management observation and it was incredible to hear the feedback for this and how valuable other members of staff see it for our PMLD learners and across the wider school.
What support do I get?
We offer virtual workshops for practitioners on a monthly basis, where ideas and practice are shared.
You can email us with questions at any time.
Your Practitioner handbook provides lots of ideas and practical tips.
What about self advocates with learning disabilities? Can we train in Storysharing?
We are in the process of developing a training programme for peer advocates to support their friends, family members and colleagues to share their stories. Keep an eye on our events programme.