Remembering back and planning forward: reminiscence in the planning process

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Why choose this course?

  • reminiscence work, either with or without sensory stimulation work, is a powerful tool in reconnecting people to past pleasurable events
  • the energy engendered by this experience enables users of your service to make clearer choices for both the present and the future
  • when used by those in the Circle of Support it can bond the group and help in creating a common goal
  • it’s fun and high energy and yet heightens sensitivity to emotional needs
  • positive results ~ a valuing of individual and shared experience, a greater understanding of things we hold precious, closer relationships, expanded self expression

Length of course: 1 day 9.30 – 4.30 If this course includes people with learning difficulties times can be altered accordingly

Expected outcomes ~ by the end of the course participants will be able to

  • understand the process of reminiscence and sharing memories
  • listen with purpose and sensitivity
  • recognise where they are already practicing reminiscence work
  • build on pre-existing skills
  • experiment with creative media and presentation
  • flexibly use a range of resources
  • recognise and use ‘preferred sense’ in communication
  • reassess basic group work principles
  • value play in well being and be able to have and facilitate fun

Nature of training: maximum of 16 staff members in participative group work.

Exercises will range from lecture style input (small) to discussion and small group work and to individual sharing within pairs.
Hand outs will be provided to reinforce all theoretical input.
Most exercises will be done in such a way that they can be replicated for use with users or customers of the service.
Collage, art and drama will contribute to the sessions. This will be easily accessible!

Requirements for participants:

  1. To bring an object of sentimental value that they would take with them if they had to go to live in permanent residential care.
  2. To bring a contribution of food which has positive memories associated with it. (Once we had 10 lots of bread pudding as this was a speciality of grannies in the area, but it’s a risk we’ll work with!)
  3. Wear casual clothing that they would feel comfortable painting in.
  4. Come with energy and enthusiasm expecting to be stimulated.

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