What Is The Vidaview Life Story Board?

 The Life Story Board™toolkit-components-web
is a magnet-receptive play board, and sets of magnetic cards & markers for people, events, activities, feelings, questions, roles, health, interactions, resources, and many other significant life elements.

For more details about what’s in the LSB Toolkit click here.

Why Is It Powerful?

  • The LSB process engages the healing power of narrative
  • Co-creation encourages sharing within an atmosphere of safety and respect
  • A lifescape is visual, tactile, & dynamic, opening opportunities for insight & exploration
  • LSB adds a non-verbal mode of sharing to the tools available to the helping professional
  • LSB symbols transcend cultural & language differences, making it relevant in a diverse range of contexts
  • Memories & feelings are invoked & externalized in a way that softens possible re-activation of trauma

In a Life Story Board Session

The Therapist Guide and Client Storyteller co-create a lifescape: a dynamic visual map of key aspects of the client’s life and experiences.

A lifescape can depict a whole life overview, or focus in on a specific time, event, or topic.

The Timeline enables multiple time periods to be depicted in the same layout, revealing impactful chains of events, changes, and constants.

Secret Cards promote a sense of safety by allowing the client to control degree of disclosure.

A Hollow Zone holds space for indicating meaningful absences in life, and Field Cards note various factors connected to influential personal or cultural themes.



A Complex Life Story Board Layout




The Life Story Board Process

  • Facilitates respectful exploration of sensitive issues and difficult material
  • Honours diverse cultural backgrounds and personal communication styles
  • Supports and integrates with varied counseling frameworks & settings
  • Complements conventional verbal interview, assessment, and therapy approaches
  • Encourages engagement & sharing with non-verbal or hesitant clients

 To read more about the Life Story Board Process, click here.

LSB Session Examples Gallery

Click here to view a full slideshow gallery of completed LSB lifescapes, with descriptions of the session focus and process.