Dr Trisha Waters

Author & Lead Trainer

B Sc, Cert Ed, MA(Ed), Dip Psych., PhD

Trisha is the author of this online manual and the lead trainer for the Story Links Programme.

She is the founding Director of the Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting and also consultant trainer for the charity YoungMinds where she is leading the DfE YoungMinds in Schools project.

Previously she was  senior lecturer in SEN & Inclusion at the University of Chichester.  She has worked for many years in special and mainstream schools, both as a teacher and an educational therapist, and is committed to developing work in the field of therapeutic teaching.

She  is the author of Therapeutic Storywriting (publ. David Fulton 2004) and an experienced educational trainer in the field of behaviour management, emotional literacy, SEN and inclusion. She is  engaged in doctoral research into the relationshipbetween emotional and cognitive learning.

With the support of  the South-east Region SEN Partnership (SERSEN),  Trisha  developed the Therapeutic Storywriting Groups model  which  has now been used in over 500 schools in England. Trisha then developed the Story Links model and led the 20 month Story Links project funded by Esmee Fairbairn foundation and the TDA.

After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in Logic and Modern Physics, Trisha completed her PGCE and began her teaching career in a residential therapeutic community school for boys with severe emotional and behavioural diificulties. She later worked as a classteacher and senior manager in an inner London primary school before moving to Brighton where she worked as a SENCO in a large junior school.

While in London she trained as a counsellor and therapist at the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust where her training placement was with the school based counselling organisation The Place To Be. She later gained an MA in Therapeutic Interventions in Primary Schools from Sussex University. She supervises counsellors working in schools, having completed her training in supervision at the British Association of Psychotherapists.

With the support a BPRS grant Trisha wrote and taught the course on Educational Counselling and Therapeutic Teaching at Crawley College. She was a member of the SEN Committee responsible for writing the SEN policy for Brighton & Hove and co-wrote the Brighton & Hove policy for Counselling in Primary Schools.

Recent Publications

Waters (2010), Chapter: Story Links: Therapeutic Storywriting with Parents and Pupils at Risk of Exclusion. in  Adelizzi, J. & Ficksman, M. (eds) (2010) The Dynamics of Educational Therapy New York: Routledge

Waters, T. (2009) An evaluation of the impact of the Story Links parent-partnership intervention in supporting pupils at risk of exclusion. Part of the University of Chichester’s Story Links Project, funded by the TDA and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and to be published on the TTRB website.

Waters, T. 2008a, The Use of Therapeutic Storywriting Groups to Support Pupils with Emotional Difficulties.  British Journal of Learning Support Vol. 23, No 4 pp 187-192

Waters, T. 2008b, Therapeutic Storywriting: A Contribution to the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) Curriculum. Special Children, Issue 183. London: Optimus

Waters, T. 2005, Telling It Like It Is. Young Minds Magazine, June edition. London: Young Minds

Waters, T. 2004a, Therapeutic Storywriting: A Practical Guide to Developing Emotional Literacy in Primary Schools. London: David Fulton

Waters, T. 2004b, Writing Stories with Feeling: An Evaluation of the Impact of Therapeutic Storywriting Groups on Pupils’ Learning, Kingston-on-Thames: South-East Region SEN partnership (SERSEN)

Waters, T. 2004c,Therapeutic Storywriting in the Junior School. Educational Therapy and Therapeutic Teaching Issue 13, pp 62-66

Waters, T. 2004d,Therapeutic Storywriting in the Junior School.  Counselling in Education, July edition.  Lutterworth: BACP

Waters, T. 2004e, The SERSEN Therapeutic Storywriting Project. SENCO Update, June edition. London: Optimus

Waters, T. 2002, The Therapeutic Use of Story Writing. Psychodynamic Practice Vol. 8, No 3 pp 343-358


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