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The Tree of Life

May 20 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


The Tree of Life is a Narrative tool, developed to help children who have experienced difficulties and losses in their lives. It focuses on children’s strengths and skills and helps them to share difficult experiences in a way that is safe and empowering.

Using the metaphor of a tree, children are guided through a drawing process which maps their unique qualities including skills, hopes and dreams. Children are encouraged to talk as a collective group about difficulties they face and helpful ways of responding. The drawings and collective wisdoms of the group are then shared with parents, who bear witness to their children’s wisdoms. The process is fun, engaging and fosters positive connections between children and families by highlighting the strengths they have shown in the face of hardship.

This workshop equips participants with the knowledge and skills required to use the Tree of Life with their clients. Participants are given the opportunity to experience drawing their own Tree of Life. The workshop also introduces and briefly explores other Narrative metaphors helpful for working with grief and loss.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the key Narrative notions underpinning the Tree of Life
  • Identify the steps and processes involved in constructing the Tree of Life
  • Identify ways of implementing the Tree of Life in their own practice
  • Feel more confident about using Narrative metaphors in their work with clients and families

Who Should Attend
Workers engaged with families and children in a range of settings including mental health, disability, community, youth, and education. Prior knowledge of narrative ideas is not required.

Nella Charles & Greg U’Ren


The Bouverie Centre
9385 5100


The Bouverie Centre
8 Gardiner Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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9385 5100