Tree of Life

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Welcome to Running Tree of Life Interventions


The Tree of Life (Ncube, 2006, 2017) is an approach, based on Narrative Therapy, which uses the metaphor of a tree for a person’s life to help children and young people tell their story in a creative, non-threatening way.

By using the metaphor of the tree – the child can draw out their life: roots representing their history, culture, background, the trunk their skills and abilities. The leaves become the significant people (and animals) in their lives, the branches hopes and dreams, fruit – things that they have given and received.

They have an opportunity to share their stories with others and reflect on ‘storms’ that affect their lives and explore how they can ‘weather’ these with resources available to them in the form of insects and woodland animals.

This training session outlines the theory behind it, touches on research to validate the effectiveness of the approach, and then how it can be run 1:1 or in small groups.

Who would benefit from this training?

  • Ideal for Outreach Services
  • Ideal for Mainstream, APs/PRUS, and Specialist Provisions
  • Perfect staff CPD
  • Includes CPD Certificate
  • This live webinar is free to Extra, Ultimate and Ultimate+ Members

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the core principles of Tree of Life narrative therapy.
  • To explore the growing research of how this approach has been applied in schools.
  • To identify the symbolic meaning of each element of the tree: roots, trunk, branches, leaves, fruit, and storms.
  • To explore how to use this intervention with children struggling with:
    • A sense of belonging
    • Friendships
    • Identifying strengths
    • Transitions (including moving schools)
    • Loss
  • To explore how a session would be run as a 1:1 over a 6-week + period
  • To explore sessions could be used within small groups over a 6-week + period, or a one-day enrichment activity (especially those with common difficulties – i.e., self-esteem)

Google Review

Tracey is great! I have attended many of her trainings and all of them have been super, in fact i have more booked on the horizon. I have gained so much knowledge in such a short space of time and looking forward to gaining more! You will not be disappointed. I will also add – the resources you receive after the trainings are really helpful and a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!” Natasha Scullion

Meet the Trainer

Tracy is an experienced mainstream and SEND teacher and somatic practitioner, specialising in supporting children with social and emotional needs.

Motivated by her passion to integrate therapeutic interventions into mainstream practices, Tracy established the Child Therapy Service CIC. Her mission is to offer alternative approaches beyond conventional talk-based therapies, addressing the diverse needs of society.

Accessing Order

  • Add the item to your basket and proceed to checkout
  • Once the order is processed you will receive two email confirmations (from Zoom and the Child Therapy Service)
  • Click on either email to add the event to your calendar
  • On the day and time of the event, click on the Zoom link provided
  • The Access link to Resources and CPD Certificate will be Emailed to Attendees of the Live Event
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