Reminisence Therapy & Life Story Work in Birmingham

Welcome to TECC's Reminiscence Therapy Workshop & Life Story Work

TECC Services provides reminiscence therapy, workshops and training for individuals, groups and organisations.

We are passionate and committed to our work in this area as we are mindfully aware of the importance and associated benefits reminiscence therapy can have on an individual's life, those caring for them and the organisation.

TECC provides:

  • Individual & Group Reminiscence Therapy & Life Story Work
  • Reminiscence Therapy Training - 1/2 day
  • Dementia Care -1/2 day
  • Group/Supervisory Support Sessions
  • Booster Sessions – 90 mins
Our workshops and training introduce the concepts associated with reminiscence therapy and life story work, which is beneficial for those caring for an older adult or for individuals employed to care for an older adult within a hospital or residential setting. Both our training and workshops explore how direct work with individuals can be a therapeutic process, promoting a positive sense of personal identity, value and wellbeing.

Research has found the holistic benefits of communication between staff and residents to be an integral attribute towards providing engaging, supportive accommodation. We often hear staff say a particular resident does not speak or they have difficulty engaging with them. Using reminiscence therapy training with staff and work with individuals we are able to achieve results, which are positively visible.

Imagine for a moment, a resident in a residential setting frequently sits looking out of a window, however, on the day we go in to introduce ourselves and what we do, we gain their attention. 
They begin to join in and talk about their memories, they are able to share valuable experiences and knowledge, especially when shown images or objects which they recognise from their early years. This is a magical moment for all those involved, care staff begin to learn all about the person and begin to see them as more than the resident who gazes out of the window not wishing to be disturbed. 

The material produced can be shared and is a tool of engagement that can be further utilised, as it provides a way for people with short term memory loss to conversationally and socially interact based on their long term memory. Knowledge gained not only provides background knowledge, but also encourages staff to empathise and become mindfully aware of the fact that they were actually young once and have a wealth of life experiences to share. A genuine interest and compassionate understanding facilitates further opportunites to both encourage and promote communication, which can be experienced when we apply effective listening skills. Those with dementia have also benefitted greatly from reminiscence therapy as the memories they still hold often pertain to an earlier period of their life.

Reminiscence therapy is a therapeutic process and can become part of an every day activity, which you can facilitate easily into a companionable period, when caring for an older adult or individual with memory problems. We all reminisce, however, for older adults it becomes more meaningful, rejuvenating and a pleasurable way to spend time whilst keeping the brain active.

A study by McKee and colleagues (2003) identified several positive effects of reminiscence therapy and emphasised the pleasure and enjoyment of those involved. The Alzheimer’s Society strongly favours the reminiscence therapy approach and outlines it in their publication, Memories are Made of This (Heathcote 2009).

The main benefits to the individual cited:

  • Empowerment
  • Raised self esteem
  • Improved communication
  • Stimulation and fun
  • Enhanced mood

Our training is provided in a friendly, informative and supportive environment at our centre in Birmingham. Delegates are provided with the opportunity to enage in practical creative exercises and activities to promote confidence and competence in relation to facilitating reminiscence therapy, personally or professionally. 

Reminiscence therapy can be produced in numerous ways including:
  • A book
  • Scrapbook
  • Interactive CD/DVD   

Digital copies are stored securely and in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

If you are interested in any of the services provided please do not hesitate to contact us. 

TECC provides regular booster sessions and group supervision in relation to life story work as our passion and commitment in this area is integral to our continuum of providing value added training support and services.

Delegates will receive detailed literature and additional resources to further support life story work.

Additional support in relation to policy and procedure can be provided upon request for companies and organisations. Training and supervisory support is provided at our Centre; alternatively we can deliver the training at a location for your convenience.