Trisha Waters


The therapeutic and the academic in Therapeutic Storywriting The fairy tale offers fantasy materials which suggest to the child in symbolic form what the battle to achieve self-realisation is all about, and it guarantees a happy ending.– Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment The child who is at risk of […]

Helping children to move beyond reaction to reflection



There are a few places left on the Story Links Parent Partnership course and the Therapeutic Storywriting Groups training.  Both interventions have an extensive evidence-base that shows they support both emotional wellbeing and academic literacy. Read our latest blog focuses on Story Links and gives a good overview of the intervention. You […]

CTSW update: September 2021



For children who are struggling to make sense of the emotional anxieties they are experiencing, life can be incredibly confusing and bewildering. In order to help, we often need an approach that will support emotional and social wellbeing as well as developing the relationship between home and school, and between […]

Story Links: How working with parents is key to effectiveness


The SENDcast podcast has long been a favourite source of up-to-the-minute thought leadership in the SEND field. Dr Trisha was delighted to be recently interviewed by host Dale Pickles about the origins of Therapeutic Storywriting and its benefits to pupils who are distracted by their inner emotional landscape. Listen now: […]

Therapeutic Storywriting on SENDcast




In delivering professional development to teachers working with vulnerable pupils it is clear that post Covid pandemic that there are even more pupils in need of emotional support in our schools than before. Teachers are reporting how some pupils are finding it difficult to settle back in the classroom and […]

Post-pandemic: time to bring Psychological Mindedness into schools


Thinking of interventions for next term to support pupils’ emotional wellbeing while also developing literacy skills? Research shows that our Therapeutic Storywriting Groups and Story Links (parent partnership) interventions meet both these targets. Please find details of our upcoming courses below. We are also now active  on LinkedIn where we’ll be promoting concepts, […]

CTSW update July 2021




Research shows that Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links interventions  support pupils’ emotional wellbeing while also developing their academic skills.  Therapeutic Storywriting groups develop writing skills while the parent-partnership Story Links intervention focuses on pupils’ reading skills. Both are proven to support emotional and social well-being.The trainings are practice-based and professionals are […]

CTSW Update, May 2021


Virtual Training in Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links Are you looking to support pupils’ emotional wellbeing while also developing their academic skills? Our Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links interventions have an extensive  research base that shows they achieve both these targets. Therapeutic Storywriting groups develop writing skills while the parent-partnership Story Links […]

CTSW Update, April 2021


Many pupils returning to school will be in need of support with both their emotional wellbeing and academic skills. Our Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links interventions have an extensive research base that shows they achieve both these targets. Therapeutic Storywriting groups develop writing skills while the parent-partnership Story Links intervention develops pupils’ […]

CTSW Update, February 2021



I hope your term is going well despite everything.  Just to let you know there are a few places left on the Story Links course that starts in January ’21 and the Therapeutic Storywriting Groups training in April ’21. Both trainings are practise-based and designed to provide emotional support for […]

CTSW Update, December 2020


As pupils return to school, the need for emotional support within the learning environment will be needed more than ever. Therapeutic Storywriting Groups and Story Links are evidence-based 10-week interventions that can easily be delivered in a socially distanced and Covid-safe manner in school. Our virtual training makes the interventions, […]

CTSW Update, July 2020


The contribution that an understanding of attachment theory can make to schools and learning outcomes is considerable.  There are links between attachment, behaviour and learning. Behind every child who misbehaves and underperforms in school there is a story, and the story is acted out in the classroom. While it is […]

Attachment Behaviour and Learning



What if we could develop the confidence in children and young people to talk about, and understand, any troubling emotions that are holding them back? Therapeutic Storywriting aims to do just that and schools in more than 23 Local Authorities in the UK are using the programme with great success. […]

Therapeutic Storywriting Supports Pupils’ Emotional Wellbeing


Primary schools are increasingly encountering self-harm amongst pupils who cannot explain why they are doing it, leaving teachers struggling to know what to do.  It is an expression of feeling. Self-harm tends to be associated with teenagers and schools are more likely to be able to confidently respond to this […]

Primary-age children who self-harm