DescriptionJenny Valentish, journalist and author of the memoir Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, has created a three-hour workshop designed for clinicians and peer workers to safely help clients write their stories.When an individual writes about their life, or an era of their life, it aids in sense making. There’s a strengthening of a sense of self, a gaining of perspective and perhaps the opportunity to see a bigger picture for the first time.
The process of personal writing aids in considering the points of view of others, and of course the feeling of being heard and understood by having a finished document that can be shared is invaluable. In this workshop, participants will try out for themselves the writing exercises that they can pass on to their clients (also useful if anyone harbours a secret wish to write their own story!).
Presenter: Jenny Valentish.
Jenny Valentish has written about drug use and treatment for The Age, the ABC, Vice, The Saturday Paper and Guardian Australia, and is a core member of AOD Media Watch. Since the 2017 publication of Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment, she has taken on various consultancy and ambassador roles in the AOD sector and is a board director of SMART Recovery Australia. She has a graduate certificate in Alcohol and Other Drugs from Turning Point/Monash University.
Venue: Turning Point training room, 110 Church Street, Richmond
- Jenny Valentish (Journalist and author )
Who should attend? AOD workers, peer workers, researchers, students, allied health and welfare workers and others with an interest in the therapeutic power of storytelling.
Alcohol and other drugs,
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing