Joy Rees

Joy Rees

Life Work and Life Story Books

Frequently described as helping children answer the what, when, why and how questions  about their early life experiences, lifework and compiling life story books is often challenging and time consuming, but can also be an extremely rewarding and a joyful experience.

My radical model of life work flips the accepted, and most widely used, practice on its head and relieves the social worker and child of much of the anxiety and apprehension commonly associated with the process.

While keeping child development and attachment theories in mind, some of the fundamental principles I apply in my model include:

  • Begin in the present and gently engage the child
  • Communicate playfully, in a child focused and age appropriate manner
  • Interact in a way that raises the child’s confidence and self worth

This website considers  some user friendly elements of life work that can easily be incorporated in social work practice.