• Words Work Well for All – Training Day for Facilitators of Therapeutic Writing

    Words Work Well for All

    An Introduction to writing, storytelling, and reading for wellbeing
    With Valerie Gillies & Larry Butler

    Wednesday 11 April 2018, 10am – 4pm

    Here are details for a new event happening for anyone who has experience of leading writing or reading groups with a therapeutic aspect!

    This is a great opportunity to work with Larry Butler, a well kent face in Scotland for his contribution to writing and wellbeing in Scotland. Larry is an American with a great love and appreciation of poetry. Using words for emotional expression can help you to manage your wellbeing and health issues.Larry has worked for many years with Lapidus the UK-wide group focussed on therapeutic writing.He leads writing groups in Maggie’s Gartnavel and is a great trainer.Read more about his publishing work here Playspace Publications

    Take this opportunity if you can!

    Valerie Gillies was an Edinburgh Makar, 2005-08, and has been a published poet and writer for decades.She has a confident and inspiring attitude to leading groups.Her holistic approach is supportive to anyone who leads or participates in therapeutic reading and writing groups.Fantastic chance to be in the company of the best!Read more

    Here’s the details:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

    Wednesday 11 April 2018, 10am – 4pm
    Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR

    Lapidus Scotland offers a full day workshop for storytellers, writers and readers who already work within community and education settings and would like to develop their facilitation skills within health and social care. From listening to reading to writing to sharing together, we will practise the presence of the facilitator, and the vital selection of the text, which story or poem to use.

    Cost £30 Spaces limited. To book your place, please email lapidus.scotland.1@gmail.com If you have any queries, call Philippa Johnston, Creative Project Manager on 01337 842513 / 07939 312829

    See also the website Words Work Well

     

  • Exciting training events all over Scotland!

    Words Work Well Training in Bibliotherapy

    Lapidus Scotland invites you to Bibliotherapy Trainings Scotland-Wide during June 2016. Participants will learn about leading therapeutic creative reading and writing sessions for individuals and groups in various settings. Training will also refer to Lapidus’ website http://wordsworkwellscotland.co.uk/ – a bibliotherapy toolkit for facilitators.

    Poems, images and conversation in creative communication with people who have dementia
    Facilitator Paula Jennings. 2- 5pm, 6th June, Conference Room, Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB. With input from library staff on the Dementia Library. click here to book

    An Introduction to Bibliotherapy for Writers and Storytellers
    Facilitators Larry Butler and Valerie Gillies. 10am – 4pm, 8th June, Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR.
    click here to book

    Choosing Reading Material and Facilitating an Expressive Writing Group
    Facilitators Jayne Wilding and Maureen Sangster. 2pm – 5.30pm, 13th June, Kirkcaldy Galleries, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1YG. Click here to book

    Treasures in the Chest & Lifelines
    Facilitators Mandy Haggith and Margot Henderson. 10 – 2pm, 18th June, The Spectrum Centre, 1 Margaret Street, Inverness IV1 1LS.  click here to book

    How Reading Informs Writing
    Facilitator Helen Lamb. 1.30 – 4pm, 20th June, The Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, Glasgow G40 1B.
    Click here to book

    Strengthening Facilitators’ Skills
    Facilitator Liz Niven. 1.30 – 4pm, 23rd June at University of Glasgow, Rutherford McCowan Building,
    Room R127, Crichton Campus, Dumfries DG1 4ZL. Includes informal time for questions and networking.
    Click here to book

    This development opportunity in creative facilitation is for those that work in health and social care settings, mental health centres, prisons, libraries, in education and community arts. It will also appeal to storytellers, writers and those promoting staff well- being in workplaces.  All are welcome, those experienced in facilitation and those new to the experience.
    Cost £25 for day long training: £10 for half a day plus Eventbrite booking fee.

     

    Lapidus is supported by Awards for All Scotland, Creative Scotland and Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Fund
  • Storycoaching with Dr Michael Williams

    JpegI am currently training one-to-one with Michael Williams, a storycoach. The aim is to become a narrative leader. I have found the process to be stretching, energizing and fruitful. Michael is a great communicator and his dialogue always probes, to draw me out of myself, but always in a kindly way that nourishes me as I change.

     

    I feel bigger on the inside thanks to the sessions we have enjoyed together. I can see myself communicating better, more strongly, more empathically and with more courage.Thanks Michael for your gifts!Find out more…

     

    I recommend his weekly newsletter– it is full of inspiring stories!

    I met Michael some years ago at a Lapidus event when he led a workshop in transformational storytelling. I wrote about about that earlier this year.See more…