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Increasing Children’s Resilience through The Healing Power of Story with Deborah Schiller, PhD

  • 26 Feb 2016
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Home of Dr. Deborah Schiller
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Adults often wonder what to do when a young child experiences loss, trauma, separation, or even a scary situation.  The child is clearly suffering, but adults are often at a loss how to respond for fear of making the situation worse.  This 90-minute didactic and experiential presentation explains, demonstrates and exposes participants to the technique of making Little Books.  This technique is one way psychologists can increase a child’s resilience and support parents and other significant adults in a child’s life (teachers, grandparents, caregivers) when that child faces a difficult or painful change.  This class has value even for psychologists who work exclusively with adults.

Dr. Schiller’s talk draws on narrative psychology and first-hand clinical experience.  She demonstrates with case material how this technique can be healing to children and reparative for adults.  She will present examples of Little Books.  There will be time for discussion and, depending on time constraints and participants’ preferences, there may be opportunity to create Little Books in the class. 


1.     Identify principles of the technique of narration.

2.     Describe at least 2 reasons why narrating a child’s distressing experience can increase the child’s resilience.

3.     Identify 3 guidelines for the practical application of narration in the form of creating Little Books.

Timed Outline:

5:15-5:30 pm: Greet, sign in and socialize

5:30-5:35 pm: Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

5:35–6:45 pm: Presentation focusing on the above objectives

6:45-7:00 pm: Q&A and Evaluations

Directions to venue will be emailed with Registration.

1.5 CE hours available for California-licensed Psychologists, MFTs and LSCWs

CPA is co-sponsoring with the Santa Barbara Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.


SBCPA Continuing Education Committee

Attendees will be able to:

  • 1.   Identify ways to be active participants in their patients’ primary health care teams, being attuned to key preventive health strategies and learning ways to legally and ethically communicate with other healthcare professionals with this goal in mind.  
  • 2.   Become familiar with the biopsychosocial model of medical illness and develop a working understanding of the impact illness/injury can have on the individual and family.
  • 3.   Demonstrate specific ways in which inner strengths, resilience, and acceptance can be fostered in patients facing life-altering physical diagnoses through evidence-based psychotherapy.
  • 4.   Consider personal countertransference issues with respect to end of life issues and explore how these can be recognized and used in individual and family therapy.

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