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Professional Diploma Therapeutic Life Story Work

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To apply for TLSW 2024-25 please visit TLSW International and apply directly for an online course. We hope to return to Edinburgh in person for 2025-26.

Unfortunately for 2024-25 there will no longer be an in person cohort in Edinburgh. We apologise for any inconvenience.


For the past three decades, Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) has served as a crucial intervention benefiting children, young people, and adults.  Since 1997, Richard Rose has developed and refined the approach for widespread use globally. Over 26 years, the Rose Model of Therapeutic Life Story Work has seen remarkable growth, training more than 1350 individuals, authoring three influential books and contributing numerous articles to the field. Notably, this model stands as the first of its kind to undergo independent research, solidifying its status as an evidence-based narrative model.

The validated outcomes of this approach showcase its efficacy in aiding individuals affected by trauma, demonstrating its potential for a positive impact on people's self-image and lives.

Children in Scotland is proud to be the only organisation in Scotland offering this training.

TLSW aligns with our values. It is Brave - TLSW offers a new technique in the world of children’s psychology and has been subject to independent research. It is Kind - TLSW is a therapeutic technique deeply rooted in self-compassion, and it is Open and Fair - the training is open to a range of practitioners who have experience working with those who have experienced trauma.

Course information

TLSW is run over four blocks for three days in person. The next course is TBD.

  • Block 1: September
  • Block 2: November
  • Block 3: February
  • Block 4: June

It is delivered by Richard Rose and expert guests who have trained in the intervention.

For more details on the course and the benefits of studying TLSW check out

Course Fees

The total course fee is payable at the conclusion of the application process. Cost TBD

Additional resources

To watch Richard Rose speak about the course, click below:


To read about the research behind TLSW, click the links below:

Blog: Exploring the research behind Therapeutic Life Story Work

Blog: Learning to deal with ghosts of the past

To listen to Richard Rose discuss TLSW, click the link below:

Podcast: In conversation with Richard Rose

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