Life history


Why should you do this exercise?

It is of important value to know about the own journey through life,
about people and events you met.
This is important for you
and also for your work as a peer supporter.


What can be the role of a Peer-Trainer with intellectual disability?

When preparing the training session,
the Peer Trainers should do this exercise by themselves with the Trainer.
The Peer-Trainers should – as all participants – work about their own life history.
During discussions about their life stories
they may give examples for what they learned
from their own history.

What is the objective of the exercise?

Letting people think about their own lifestories and those of others. Important moments, people, items etc, that got you to where you are now.

Compare life stories, what made a difference in everyone’s life, what is specific to you?


What is the method to be used?

Ask people to prepare for the next session: Please tell us about your life, any important people, decisions, moves, etc. “Homework assignment: Collect photo’s, text, drawings, with which you can explain what has happend your life” (something like this)

You can do this using a lifeline poster (see example under materials, work this out in your own style. The bigger you can print it for people the better). If you do not use them, it is still useful explain it using your own lifestyle poster. That way participants can use this poster if they want to in the future.

The most fun way to do life

In the next session each individual gets to present their poster in any way they like.

The poster will be in the skills file for people to use with other people.

The poster can be confusing for people.

Tips for the trainers/additional information

Sometimes it is good to do something active inbetween. It is a long session. However, in our experience one of the most valuable and valued ones as well.

In our view it is important to let everyone participate, also any supporters or volunteers. This creates an atmosphere in which everything can be said and discussed.

Timeframe: 30 minutes for explaining in previous session. Going through everyone’s life path is interesting for everyone, but it does take a lot of time and people get tired. We explain the exercise by taking people through our own life paths the session before. An average of 20 minutes per participant.


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