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Two Opportunities for Life Review:
   1) Discovering Your Own Story
   2) Life Review: Going Further
with Marv Westwood, Dianne Westwood, and Lin Langley

LIFE REVIEW offers participants the opportunity to explore the wealth and memory of their life experiences. Through a series of writing, reading, interactive and listening exercises participants are guided to expand and deepen their understanding of their own life story.

Based on Birren and Deutschman’s (1987) foundational work in guided autobiography, Life Review provides an educational process of bringing one’s understanding of the past into the present. The focus is on how to integrate personal, social and spiritual aspects of ourselves.

In reviewing our life paths we become aware of key events that shaped who we are today, how we make decisions and life choices, how we respond to and overcome challenges, cope with losses, and identify accomplishments as well as how we set life goals.

Discovering Your Own Story
  • In Discovering Your Own Story, the introductory Life Review workshop, we explore the themes of Branching Points in Life, the Influence of Family, Work and Career, and Spirituality.
  • Each individual reflects on, writes in response to, reads, listens to and provides feedback on life stories that are read into a small group.
Life Review: Going Further
  • The Life Review: Going Further workshop is designed for people who have already completed an introductory Life Review or an equivalent process.
  • In Going Further, we delve into new themes that include Early Shaping Experiences, the Role of Stress Over a Life, Unfinished Life Business and the dreams that emerge in our lives.

Marv WestwoodWe meet each morning for 3 hours, at times connecting or reconnecting in a large group, but mostly gathering in small group cohorts of 5 or 6, each with regular members and its own facilitator.

Participants should sign up for only one of the workshops, either Discovering Your Own Story or Life Review: Going Further.

An interview for each member secures your space in one of the workshops. Please contact Sorrento Centre for more information.


MARV WESTWOOD is Professor Emeritus, Counselling Psychology, UBC where he works in development, group-based counselling, “Life Review”, and men’s psychological health. He developed the UBC Veterans Dianne WestwoodTransition Program and established the UBC Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma. He has received the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals.

DIANNE WESTWOOD is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has a private counselling practice in Vancouver. She is particularly interested in adult development at midlife and beyond.

Lin Langley

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



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