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A Framework for Therapeutic Life Story Work in Adoption: Building Safety into Difficult Conversations

20 November, 2024 at 10:00am - 4:00pm


Expert-led training session co-delivered with Katie Wrench, an experienced Therapeutic Social Worker and Psychotherapist

6 hrs
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Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers and other professionals working with children and families.


This bespoke training session designed for adoption practitioners, is led by esteemed expert Katie Wrench, a Therapeutic Social Worker and Psychotherapist specializing in adoption dynamics.

In this dynamic workshop, you will dive deep into the intricacies of Therapeutic Life Story Work within the context of adoption. Together with Katie Wrench, you will explore strategies for navigating challenging conversations inherent in adoption journeys, with a primary focus on creating safety and trust throughout the process.

Drawing from years of experience and expertise, Katie will guide participants through a comprehensive framework for conducting Therapeutic Life Story Work, equipping attendees with practical tools and techniques to effectively engage with adoptive families and individuals.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional looking to refine your skills or a newcomer eager to learn from the best, this session offers a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and enhance your practice.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain insights into the principles and practices of Therapeutic Life Story Work in adoption
  • Explore strategies for building safety and trust in difficult conversations
  • Learn practical tools and techniques for conducting effective therapeutic interventions
  • Benefit from the wealth of experience and expertise shared by Katie Wrench, a renowned practitioner in the field
  • Network with fellow adoption practitioners and professionals

About the trainer

Katie Wrench

Katie Wrench is an experienced therapeutic social worker who until 2020 was managing a local authority Therapeutic Social Work Team where she worked for 18 years. She is now Head of Clinical Services at  She is also a qualified art psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor who lives and works in West Yorkshire.  Katie is dual registered with the Health Care Professions Council and Social Work England.

Katie has co-authored a highly accessible book about life story work that is full of tried and tested activities and creative ideas for professionals, adoptive parents and foster carers who may have little time and few resources, but who need to carry out life story work that works for children – Life Story Work with Children who are Fostered or Adopted: Creative Ideas and Activities (Wrench & Naylor, 2013, Jessica Kingsley Publishers). Her second publication is Helping Vulnerable Children & Adolescents To Stay Safe. Creative Ideas and Activities for Building Protective Behaviours (2016), with a third book published in June 2018, Creative Assessments with Vulnerable Children and Families. Her latest writing is due for publication in June 2024 and is entitled Skills and Knowledge for Life Story Work with Children and Adolescents.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack.

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