The Team of Life Kit includes everything you need to get started and deliver the intervention . . . but if you want to make sure you get the most out of the Kit, our training days will help you understand more about narrative practice, facilitator style and open your eyes to the tremendous potential for this intervention to inspire you, your service and the young people with whom you work.

Delivered by Dr Vicky Eames, developer of the Team of Life programme; an enjoyable and inspiring experiential one-day workshop takes delegates through the key elements of the programme.

Delegates develop an understanding of the principles of Narrative Therapy and Collective Narrative Practice as well as having opportunities to observe elements of the Team of Life being delivered and the chance to try out some of the activities.

  • Look out for scheduled training events
  • Contact us if you would like to commission training for your service
  • Bespoke arrangements can be made to suit your organisation, such as packages including Training and The Kit
  • Follow up supervision and distance learning options can also be discussed to meet your specific requirements

The first Team of Life pilot group on The Wirral involved eight Year 7 students from a boys’ comprehensive school and was co-facilitated by a CAMHS clinical psychologist, a school mentor and a healthy schools advisor. The students were identified through the school pastoral system due to social, emotional or behavioural difficulties.

Some of the goals for participation chosen by the young people included: ‘I’m very shy I want to be able to interact’; ‘I want to improve my concentration in class’; ‘I want to be able to try new things’; ‘I want to improve my school work’; ‘I want to improve my confidence’; ‘I want to overcome my nervousness’.

The Team of Life was delivered as part of a two-day workshop combined with sport, which was supported by community coaches from one of the local football teams. Sixth-form peer mentors were given training, took a key role in leading the activities and offered additional one-to-one support to the young people following the workshop.

The students reported significant improvements in goal-based outcomes and were overwhelmingly positive in their feedback.“It was the best two days of my school life so far”; “The best bit was using football to achieve goals in my life”.

The students were very positive about the impact of the role of the peer mentors who also received a Princess Diana Volunteer Award in recognition of their involvement in the project. One of the younger students from the first group also took on a peer mentoring role with a new team at the school supporting others experiencing similar difficulties to those he had previously experienced himself.

Vicky Eames & David Denborough (Dulwich Centre Foundation) © Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 2015