Live Online Training

28 – 29 JANUARY 2023 Introduction to Untold Story Work


Learn safe ways to work with unsafe feelings using expressive arts and metaphor – 6 hour CPD workshop for mental health practitioners and therapists.

Saturday 28th + Sunday 29th January 2023

Sydney/Melbourne 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Perth/Singapore 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

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A 6 hour live experiential workshop and introduction to Untold Story Work lead by Stephanie Jarosova, founder of Growtherapy World. This training is designed to give you both the knowledge and practical tools to work creatively and gently with client’s untold and untellable stories whether your work is online or in person.

want to know what other people thought?

“Working with Wounded Children was a fantastic course! Stephanie guided us through at a great pace and each experience gave me something to reflect on personally and professionally. I’m looking forward to using these new tools in my therapy room.”

Kate, Play Therapist, UK

“A good balance of theory and experiential work. Would highly recommend this training!”

Anne, Mental Health Social Worker, Australia

“It was worth the cost and you are a fabulous educator. Thank you.”

Louise, Mental Health Counsellor and Policy Advisor, Australia

“I have been on Stephanie’s training earlier this year and highly recommend it if you are looking for some gentle and creative ways to work with trauma and emotional distress (online and in-person). One of the best things I found was how there were so many resources and approaches to immediately take away and put into practice.”

Marcus , Mental Health Intervention Specialist, UK

“I found this training not only to be a pleasant experience, especially with the experiential element, but incredibly worthwhile. Good content, excellent trainer, worthwhile attending.”

Andrea , School Counsellor, UK

“Had a fantastic experience! Stephanie has a calm and kind approach to presenting complex information. I have particularly appreciated the space/time for experiential practice. Highly recommend to professionals irrespective of their level of experience.”

Tania, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK

“I found the training innovative. It pulled on different theories and lots of experiential [work] was incorporated. I’ve learnt new ways of engaging clients and I am excited to use them in sessions.”

Ramzia, Mental Health Counsellor, UK

“I loved the training because it gave me the right amount of information and theory but also provided some fantastic practical skills that you can take back to the counselling sessions.”

Participant, School Counsellor


Learn as part of a small group


Try out a variety of tools and techniques


Take away practical techniques & insights that you can apply instantly

Do you want to help your clients to process their painful stories so they can start to heal?  Do you find yourself, and the work, getting stuck because the pain of sharing or acknowledging the hurt seems even scarier to the client than holding it all in?

If you are a mental health practitioner who works with clients that find it too difficult, too overwhelming, or too impossible to talk about painful feelings and experiences then this workshop was created for you!

The knowledge and skills you will gain are suitable for work with all ages. The workshop has been designed to be useful both to those working therapeutically with children and young people, as well as to those working with adults. Working with metaphor and story is appropriate for anyone who has unhealed wounds that would benefit from a gentle, creative, and playful approach.

No previous experience with play therapy, expressive arts therapy, or trauma informed approaches is required; however, you are expected to have basic counselling skills and knowledge.

In the words of Maya Angelou, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” This Introduction to Untold Story Work helps you to understand why stories remain untold and how to help your clients to tell them. It also shows you how to listen and connect to client’s creative expressions so that you can facilitate processing – safely!

The training provides you with the skills needed to facilitate exploration of client’s untold stories with creativity and playfulness. We will explore how to use client-generated symbols and metaphors to enable clients to share their distress whilst keeping them at a safe distance from unprocessed and overwhelming emotional pain.

When trauma is beyond words, we need to provide non-verbal and psychologically safe methods of expression and sharing. People of all ages are relieved when offered the opportunity to approach their painful experiences safely and gently with a caring and emotionally available other.

Using the Play Therapy Dimensions Model as a trans-theoretical knowledge base, we will learn to identify where the work is with a client and when and how to move the client closer or further away from their painful stories to maintain psychological safety.

We will learn practical skills and tools drawn from Sand Play, Focusing, Art Therapy, Metaphor Therapy, Play Therapy, Parts Work, and Jungian approaches to support processing ‘in the metaphor’.

This workshop combines both theory and experiential elements including small group and pair work. You will learn tools that can be used with clients both face to face and in online therapy work.

Following the training you will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 6 hours CPD, PDF of training slides, PDF instructions for experiential tasks that can be used with clients, plus access to a private post-training FB group.

By participating in this workshop, you will achieve the following Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of working in right-brained ways with trauma
  • Learn practical skills and tools for working creatively with trauma
  • Explore direct and indirect ways of working therapeutically with symbol and metaphor
  • Use the Play Therapy Dimensions Model to make intervention decisions
  • Apply the use of creative metaphors and symbols to support self-reflection and self-supervision

In a nutshell: You will learn how to use arts and metaphor to make talking about very unsafe feelings and experiences feel safe for your clients.

Stephanie Jarosova is a child and adolescent therapist, trauma specialist, SEMH consultant, and mental health trainer. She is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), Australian Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools (APACS), and the International School Psychology Association (ISPA) as well as being a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Stephanie has over 17 years of experience supporting children and young people directly in schools across Asia and Europe, and has also trained hundreds of adults in working therapeutically with vulnerable CYP. Now based in London, Stephanie leads Growtherapy World, an independent mental health and wellbeing project.

With a background in education and mental health, Stephanie is interested in the intersections between mental health, school and family systems, and learning difficulties. She specializes in working with complex developmental trauma, and her approach is trauma-informed, eco-systemic, relational, and integrative. She is passionate about the healing power of creative play and expressive arts and works to build capacity for creative therapeutic interventions and interactions in CYP services.

cancellation policy

A non-refundable admin fee of £20 is retained for all cancellations. Full refunds minus admin fee are available up to 7 days prior to the event start date. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as used for purchasing within 14 days of the cancellation.
Please email info@growtherapyworld.org if you wish to cancel a booking.
Please note that non-attendance of an event will be considered a cancellation and fees will not be refunded.
In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled by the organiser a full refund will be issued.

If you have any questions about this training please feel free to email me at info@growtherapyworld.org

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