The courses in the Autobiographical Studies
Guided Autobiography (GAB), Guided Autobiography II (GAB II), e-GAB,
Life Portfolio, and Family History.
The five courses are described as follows:
Guided Autobiography (GAB) helps individuals
organize their life stories. Guided by a trained
instructor, participants are led through themes and
priming questions that evoke memories of events
once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten.
Writing and sharing life stories with others is
an ideal way to find new meaning in life as the
uncertainties of the past, and the contradictions,
paradoxes and events of life are put into perspective.
Participants feel stronger and have a growing
appreciation of their lives.
Guided Autobiography II (GAB II) is developed
for participants who have completed GAB
and wish to continue writing their life story. The
purpose of GAB II is to expand upon the life
themes of Guided Autobiography and to develop
them into a framework for a more in-depth life
story. The themes address the bigger questions
in life such as: What has given my life purpose
and value? Where am I going and how has my
life prepared me for it? Our premise is that participants
benefit by looking back into their lives,
writing their life stories, and sharing them in a
e-GAB offers the Guided
in a distance learning format through the Internet.
Geographic mobility reduces opportunities for
telling about personal events of growing up, maturing
and growing older. The e-GAB project is
designed to serve the need to organize and
make available one’s life story by providing an
online program for preparing one’s autobiography. For more information, contact Cheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online GAB Instructor Training offers in-depth training for those who want to volunteer or earn extra income by teaching Guided Autobiography courses. The distance learning format through the Internet makes live instructor training available to individuals all over the world. Participants write and share their own two-page life stories on GAB themes throughout the 10-week program while learning how to develop, schedule, publicize and run GAB groups within their own communities.
Life Portfolio is designed to provide a context
for individuals to review and plan their life investments.
The principle goal of the course is
to create a framework that enables participants
to examine how they have invested themselves
in the activities of life, their gains and losses,
and to identify how they want to invest their lives
in the future. This requires a review of how they
have invested their energy, time, and concerns
during their lifetime, and leads to a new plan for
the future that reflects their goals and values.
Family History instructs and assists participants
in locating, recalling and organizing the histories
of their families. Participants are encouraged to
look for lost family culture and traditions embedded
in their histories. Students can then decide
what to leave in the past, what to incorporate into
the present, and what to leave for future generations.