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Taking a strengths-based approach

A lived experience, strengths-based approach to understanding the connection between early life experiences and later life outcomes. Facilitated by Mary-anne Hodd.

Tickets cost: £50 for non-members

Mary-anne Hodd

Care-experienced teacher, trainer and speaker Mary-anne Hodd will demonstrate a lived experience, strengths-based understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on later life outcomes.

Through Mary-anne’s personal ACEs journey, you will gain insights into protective factors and compensatory measures, relational healing, and therapeutic care approaches that prioritise the child’s voice and potential for positive change.

You’ll hear a balance of lived experience and theoretical perspectives on a strengths-based approach to ACEs, focusing on individual and collective strengths rather than deficits.

There are just 30 places available for this Live Classroom so book early to secure your place! 

What will I take away from this Live Classroom?

  • An understanding of key research into early adversity
  • Practical resources and tools to support healing and resilience
  • An understanding of what we can do to support children and young people in managing the symptoms of, and healing from, adversity.

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” – Alexander Den Heijer


What people have said about our Live Classrooms

“Excellent content – engaging and not intimidating.” Training participant.


Please bring along

Pens, paper and curiosity.

About Mary-anne Hodd

Mary-anne is a care-experienced teacher, trainer and speaker. Combining lived experience and psychology, Mary-anne works to support a deeper understanding of, and improved outcomes for, children and young people in care. Her ‘feelings-focused’ work has supported the longevity of placements, halting unplanned endings and contributed to changing narratives of what it means to be care experienced.

Mary-anne’s work educates on themes of connection, identity, and strengths-based, therapeutic care, on subjects such as language, recordings, childhood trauma, transitions and the care journey. From decision-makers and team leaders to foster careers, practitioners and more, Mary-anne’s work is transformative for anyone working with and around children and young people in care.

She is a training practitioner from Trauma Informed Consultancy Services, which offers an extensive range of training sessions related to all aspects of how we can apply a trauma informed framework to settings, services and systems. Trauma Informed Consultancy Services works with education settings, children’s services, criminal justice and adult services.


Zoom Access to the Live Classroom

  • You will receive a zoom link to access the live classroom at least 48 hours before the live classroom takes place.
  • Using Zoom: Our Live Classrooms are delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, or need a refresher, take a look at this guidance. If you are planning on attending via a work device, to ensure access is not blocked you may need to seek permission in advance.

Tickets and membership

  • Already a member – This Live Classroom is included in Creative Life Story Work members’ 12 free events per year.
  • Not yet a member – This Live Classroom costs £50 for non-members.
  • Interested in becoming a member? – Find out about becoming a member here.

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Live Classroom: taking a strengths-based approach
£ 50.00
29 available

Event type

Live Classroom

Venue information

This session will be held via Zoom.

We would encourage you to read this document for advice on how to access zoom particularly if you haven’t accessed zoom before. If you are planning on attending via a work device, you may need to seek access permission in advance.

You will receive a zoom link to access the live classroom at least 48hours before the live classroom takes place.


Feel free to contact us prior to the scheduled event date if you have any specific questions or requirements relating to access.