Therapeutic Lifebook Work

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Program/Intervention Name

Therapeutic Lifebook Work


Staff Training and Development

Program/Intervention Description

Developed by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois and the Center for Adoption Studies at Illinois State University. A DVD training on how to work with children to tell their life story. Lifebooks help children construct a coherent history of their loss and trauma story through understanding their abuse/neglect history and their loss history, as well as their family history to support their identity. Training is for social workers and caregivers.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)


Program Goals/Outcomes

Increase child's understanding of the circumstances surrounding abuse/neglet history. Connect children to the their past through understand their sense of loss, trauma and change.

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 1: Designed for Adoption or Guardianship

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 4: Promising Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor


Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

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Contact Phone


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