Reminiscence Training – 2 day course

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage delivers professional training to professionals, staff and volunteers, to encourage good practice, professional development and to facilitate lifelong learning.

This 2 day training day will offer an overview of reminiscence work. It will include a brief background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

More information can be found below.

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Reminiscence in Depth– 10:00 – 16:00

The training days will offer a more extensive exploration of reminiscence work. They will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

We will also consider the dividing lines between the role of a reminiscence facilitator and that of a counsellor/therapist along with the ethical issues that throws up.

The two days will be interspersed with opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

Lots of ideas to go away and research – good to meet others and share experiences and ideas. I feel more confident to go away and plan some reminiscence activities. I have more insight into the benefits and what’s involved.

– Course participant

Course Structure

The course is exploratory and can within reason cover any particular areas of interest people have. Participants will get the chance to discuss experiences, questions and ideas.

Day One

10:00 Welcome and coffee

10:15 Reflect on importance of reminiscence work: The principles of activity, reminiscence therapy, and dementia

11:30 Reminiscence resources:

  • Where to get them – Where to access activity materials and resources
  • How to use them – Using reminiscence materials to facilitate therapeutic discussions

12:45 Lunch

1.30 Reminiscence Techniques: A wealth of useful ideas for activity sessions

2.30 Structure & Content

3:00 Active Listening

Managing Conflict

16:00 Finish

Day Two

10:00 Welcome and coffee

10:15 Reminiscence work: Developing themes – How to prepare activity sessions

10:45 Planning sessions – What to focus on

11.45 Practical Reminiscence session – creating your own template

12:45 Lunch

13:30 Group Identity – Tuckman 5 stages of group development

Interventions – Group facilitation

14:00 Recording Sessions – Capturing the experience

14:30 Final Products

15:30 Feedback & Evaluation

16:00 Finish

Benefits of the Course

  • Stimulates social interaction and communication
  • Reduces the feeling of isolation
  • Shares and captures family and local history
  • Increases the feeling of self-worth
  • Helps keep the mind stimulated
  • Allows participants to reflect on past and present
  • An enjoyable experience
  • Builds confidence
  • Generates community and support

What you will achieve

  • Share ideas with training group
  • Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
  • Increased confidence in delivery of activities
  • Group working skills
  • Awareness of the effects of dementia

Group Bookings

We are also happy to provide tailor made training specifically for your groups in a location of your choice. To discuss your learning requirements, please contact us.