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Sunday, July 16 – Saturday, July 22, 2017

Life Review
with Elizabeth Banister, Lin Langley and Dianne Westwood

"LIFE REVIEW" IS A SMALL GROUP PROCESS of reflecting on, writing about, and telling one’s life history. Understanding where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and how we’ve been shaped by life events, we can better imagine and plan our future.

The thematic approach of “Life Review” brings understanding of the past into the present. The process is not counselling, but is facilitated by trained counsellors and educators.

Small groups meet for 3 hours each morning over 5 days, and for 1 hour on 2 afternoons. Each session focuses sensitizing questions on themes such as branching points, family experiences, and life work.

Participants reflect and write on each theme, read their written “life stories” to their small group, witness others’ stories, and give/receive feedback to/from group members.

Elizabeth Banister Benefits of “Life Review” include

  • greater understanding of past experience; confidence to move forward
  • re-established interest in past activities
  • recognition and renewal of abilities that mobilize past coping skills within current life
  • resolution of past resentments and negative feelings
  • deeper sense of purpose and meaning.

A telephone interview with a group leader is required to register in this course.




ELIZABETH BANISTER is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Victoria, Registered Nurse and Registered Psychologist. She has a private psychology practice in Victoria.


Lin Langley


LIN LANGLEY teaches Communications at Douglas College. In her work she investigates the impact of transformational learning; she finds its full and fine expression in Life Review.




Dianne Westwood DIANNE WESTWOOD is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private counselling practice in Vancouver. She loves how new understandings emerge from the structured conversations of Life Review.




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