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This free course, Life stories, looks at the way in which objects, trends, cultures or disabilities may contribute to a person's identity, and the contribution that our own life stories make to who we are, and how remembering and revisiting our past may help us to move forward with our lives.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- outline how encouraging people to talk about the past can be a way of helping them to manage change in their lives and establish identity in the present
- demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles in life story work which could apply at any age or stage of life
- appreciate that life story work is as much about dealing with the present and preparing for the future as it is sorting out feelings about the past.
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This course examines life stories. It looks at the way in which objects, trends, cultures or disabilities may contribute to a person's identity. This course also considers the contribution that our own life stories make to who we are, and how remembering and revisiting our past may help us to move forward with our lives.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 1 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Social Care courses or view the range of currently available OU Social Care courses.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 10th February 2016
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