Biography Training


Life Story Work – Workshops and Training for Biographical Consultations

Life Story Work reflects on individual biographies against the backdrop of the archetypal developmental journey of humanity. It is based on reflexive research developed by Rudolf Steiner, Bernard Lievegoed, Gudrun Burkhard, Aaron Antonowsky, Coenraad van Houten and other contemporary writers, therapists and educators.

Life Story or Biography Work can be done individually, with a group of trusted companions or in therapeutic settings. It provides valuable insights into the themes, changes and turning points in one’s life. Strengthening and deepening self-knowledge, it offers keys for future change and growth.

Life Story work is beneficial for personal and professional development. Participating therapists, teachers, facilitators and consultants found, that seeing everyday experiences embedded in a full Life Story and in context with the theory provided on our course resulted in a deeper understanding of layers and phases in life, and opened new perspectives and approaches in their work.

Life Story Work can be used in career counselling, coaching, couple counselling, family therapy, curative work; and in consultancy work with groups or organisations. The development of groups and organisations follows similar patterns and phases (Lievegoed, B.: Phases) as individual development.

The Training Programme consists of nine modules over three years. Each module contains a distant learning unit, a residential weekend workshop and a residential training component.

The training has three parts. Along each part goes a project leading to a written assay. There are entry points at the start of each of the three parts. After participating on a four day Foundation Workshop and an intake interview one can join the training annually at the April entry piont (modules 1 or 4 or 7).
Each part of the training ends with a Collegial Development Workshop and Meeting. During this Meeting participants present their project work and meet the Collegial Network. The Meeting is organised by the Collegial Network and by invitation only. Payment is also organised by the Network, not via SRSC. Some previous Meetings were residential at the Harmony Centre in Mittagong. Costs including accomodation and travel did not exceed the usual module fee of $380.
This workshop has been added to the training to promote and enhance intervision, supervison and ongoing professional development.

Including the Collegial Development Meeting the training programme consists of 37 residential course days.

The Training Programme is acknowledged by the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Switzerland and the International Trainer Forum for Professional Biography Work. Training participants receive a Certificate for Biographical Consultations at completion of the course.

Guest students are welcome to most modules. They receive a certificate of attendance.

Course Leader: Karl-Heinz Finke
Location for the Training: Canberra, probably Belconnen. The venue depends on the group-size and will be announced with the inviation.

Local Foundation Courses can be arranged for a minimum of six participants. Please contact Karl-Heinz for more information.

One-to-one Consultations

with Karl-Heinz Finke
You can book One-to-one Consultations before, after or in conjunction with local workshops. Find further information on dates, costs and process in the Consultations Download

“To the question, what is the meaning of life; all answer with their own biographies”.
György Konrád


More Information

Foundation Module – Pre-requisite for all other modules
Foundation Module

Part 1 – Life Phases
Workshops & Training – 2018

Part 2 – Life Encounters
Workshops & Training – 2019

Part 3 – Life Pathways
Workshops & Training – 2020



Training Info Letter

Training Module List

Biographical Consultations


Karl-Heinz Finke
Phone: (03) 9005 6905

Contact a former participant

Phone: 0416 290 231