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Reminiscence and Life Story Work, Spring-Summer 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 8:00 AM to Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 5:00 PM CDT
Category: Public Event

This program will prepare individuals from wide ranging backgrounds to engage in life story work in a variety of settings. The program is composed of three 8-week on-line courses followed by a Capstone project. It is designed to:

  • teach the intricacies of doing such work including the rewards, challenges and risks
  • provide an interdisciplinary background in the history, theory and research in reminiscence and life review that is fundamental to any type of life story work
  • introduce the many ways reminiscence, life review and related disciplines are applied in various professional fields to meet widely varying client needs
  • guide first-hand experiences facilitating reminiscence sessions
  • prepare for planning a professional practice providing life story services to others
  • assist in completion of a hands-on project applying learning from courses to work with real-life clients

Participants complete weekly assignments at times convenient for them.  Assignments include on-line discussions with classmates and instructors, readings from text books and other materials, and written work turned in to the instructor. Those who receive the certificate should be confident in their knowledge base and be able to ethically proceed to engage in life story work in their own settings. Graduates of the program say:

I feel I have a greater understanding of the challenges I could face, the warning signals I should look for with clients, and the preparations I should make for potential pitfalls.

… reminiscence is so powerful and fits so many more situations than I first imagined – working with groups, people with dementia, caregivers, children, people with learning disabilities, hearing and vision problems, etc. Now, it’s my job to figure out how to best use it in my work.

The writings … were incredibly valuable. Excellent discussion threads. I think the practical focus put us all miles ahead when embarking on this as a business. 

The first two courses require college level work. They focus on the theory, research, history and practice of reminiscence and life review to provide a foundation for any type of life story work. The third course focuses on planning the type of life story work each participant chooses. The Capstone project is a practicum to demonstrate student’s ability to apply learning from the courses to real-life work with clients.

General Fees: $1800 for 4 monthly payments of $459 each (totaling $1836)
APH Members receive a 10% discount:  $1620 or 4 monthly payments of $409 each (totaling $1636)

Course details, instructor information and registration are available on the event website or go to www.uwsuper.edu/rlsw.


Contact: Esther Gieschen, egiesche@uwsuper.edu