2019 Certificate in Reminiscence and Life Story Work

Certificate Components:

Module 1: Fundamentals of Reminiscence and Life Review (R&LR): Theory, Research and History

This course will introduce students to the main contributors in the field of reminiscence and life review and provide examples of how R&LR are used in various lines of work.  It will also review adult development theories to provide a context of the people with whom students will be working. Instructor: Loriena Yancura, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of HI

Module 2: Reminiscence and Life Review Practice and Application

In this course, students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and principles for conducting successful and safe reminiscence and life review sessions.  Interview techniques, strategies for conducting individual and group sessions, and cultural considerations will be examined.   Students will apply concepts by conducting reminiscence or life review sessions by the end of the course. Instructor:  Cheryl Brohard, PhD, RN, AOCN, CHPCA, Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Module 3: Developing a Reminiscence/Life Story Work Professional Practice

This course will introduce students to the specific competencies required to launch and operate a reminiscence/life story work practice.  It is designed to dovetail with business management educational resources elsewhere, but not to replicate what is readily available to students in their communities. Instructor:  Sarah White, BA, Personal Historian, Entrepreneur

Module 4: Capstone Project: A Practicum in Reminiscence and Life Story Work

The purpose of this project is for students to be able to demonstrate that they can effectively apply what they learned in the course work to actual practice and to ensure that students have at least one hands-on completed project for their portfolio or resume.  The practicum will be completed with mentoring and over-sight from an experienced professional in an area of R&LSW as close as possible to the student’s intended area of practice. The practicum will be individualized to meet the needs of each student. Coordinator: Esther Gieschen, MA, UW-Superior, Center for Continuing Education.

Upon satisfactory completion of capstone project and payment in full of all fees, student will be awarded his or her official Certificate in Reminiscence and Life Story Work.  

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