Below are some ideas for a first session. Since life story sessions are all about the person you are working with, there are no hard and fast rules.
1. Look at other examples
It might help to look at examples of other life story work. If examples from other service users aren't readily available, newspapers and magazines are a good resource. It can be helpful to have done your own life story poster or timeline to share with the person.
Draw out possible themes the person would like to get started on, or would like to talk about, or think about in more detail. (see Themes pages under Resources)
Begin working on something together, such as a positive poster, time line or life story poster, using cuttings from newspapers and magazine).
Maybe begin by looking through magazines and newspapers, simply cutting or tearing out anything either you or the person is interested in. At this stage, don't worry how the cutting might be used.
4. Prior experience
Find out if the person has done anything like this before. Is there anything they would like to continue to develop or work on?
Ask them what ideas they have. Write everything down. Maybe create a mind map on a large sheet of paper or use lots of smaller pieces bearing different headings. If this idea creates too many possibilities, you could begin by focusing on just one strand, such as looking at People in their life they might like to get involved in their life story work, or might want to get back in touch with from the past.
Explain about the different ways of presenting life story information and find out if they're interested in a particular approach or method of expressing themselves.
Methods for presenting life story information include a poster, scrap book, photo album, voice recordings, music recordings, memory box, drawings, cartoons, written works such as poetry or a story.