The Six Part Story Method
15th October 2010


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Date: Friday 15 October 2010

Time: 9.30 am to 5pm

Venue: Council Room, 2nd Floor, King's Building, King's College, Strand Campus, London, SE1 8LF (near to the Chapel)

The 6-part story method (6PSM) is a structured method for co-creating a new, fictional story with a client in psychotherapy. The idea is that the themes, relationships, problems and coping strategies in the story will tell us something about the client’s inner life. The story provides a fund of language and metaphor which can be useful in subsequent work with the client, as well as forming part of an initial assessment. The approach has been the subject of some preliminary research to establish reliability, validity and acceptability. The 6PSM fits particularly well with the practice of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and can be useful with patients who are hard to reach, or who struggle to put feelings into words.

This course is suitable for applicants with a prior knowledge and familiarity with the CAT model.

Facilitator:  Led by  Kim Dent-Brown who originally trained as an Occupational Therapist and then as a Drama-therapist, and has spent most of his working life in mental health settings in the National Health Service. He is now in the final year of training as a CAT practitioner. His NHS job is in an NHS psychotherapy department specialising in working with people with complex psychological problems (personality disorders.) As a drama-therapist he became particularly interested in a projective story-making technique known as the 6-Part Story Method (6PSM).

[This event is 5 CPD hours].

The workshop programme is set out below:

  • 9.30  Arrival and coffee (further short break during morning session TBC)
  • 10.00 Introductions, historical background to the 6PSM
  • 10.30 Demonstration and practice to allow people to experience telling and hearing a 6-part story
  • 12.30 Lunch (further short break during afternoon TBC)
  • 13.15 Demonstration and practice: Using 6PSM in CAT: eliciting reciprocal roles, identifying procedures and exits, using material in reformulation letters
  • 14.45 Discussion: practicalities of using 6PSM, pitfalls and obstacles. Research evidence for method, future prospects. Clinical examples of stories from clients with Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • 16.30 Summing up and closure

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15th October 2010

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