Experiential Social Emotional Learning: The Moving Stories Method for Schools

June 25th and 26th, 2020

The Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center

Saco, Maine

This is a wonderful beginning of summer opportunity to relax and learn at Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center with 32 acres of beach and trails abutting Ferry State Park. This workshop will provide time to delve into children’s stories, nature, and creative and playful time with each other while learning practical tools for integrating social-emotional learning into the classroom.

Workshop Description

The Moving Stories Method provides a rich relationship-based, multi-sensory approach to teach social-emotional learning in the school setting. It is particularly helpful for children experiencing stress or trauma or with developmental delays. Through the power of story and play, students engage more enthusiastically in learning, enhance emotional awareness and regulation, increase positive feelings about school, improve relationships and self-concept, and find creative ways to find their voice and express their feelings.  This is an experiential and playful workshop.

Participants will:

  • Discuss how traumatic experiences (ACE’s) impact learning.
  • Identify the brain science behind a playful multi-sensory and relationship-based approach to social-emotional learning.
  • Experience the 8 steps in the Moving Stories Method using the story “Finding Diamonds”.
  • Integrate Social-Emotional lessons into the classroom and home.
  • Practice telling a Moving Story in a sandtray.
  • Identify 3 resources for stories.


Dr. Sue Carroll Duffy, is a clinical psychologist and Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. She is the creator of the Moving Stories Method. Dr. Duffy works for the Passamaquoddy tribe at the Pleasant Point Health Center. She presents locally, nationally and internationally, is author to two book chapters and a series of therapeutic stories available through By The Sea Seminars. Her most recent publication, Finding Diamonds, is a picture book that encourages a child’s relationship to nature and builds self-acceptance.

Alahna Roach is an art therapist working for Transforming Rural Education Experience (TREE) in Downeast Maine. She uses the Moving Stories Method in elementary school classrooms to support social/emotional learning. Alahna presents locally, nationally and internationally on the benefits of art therapy, and is a published illustrator.


Thursday June 25, 2020

9-1 PM: Enjoy the beach and trails at your leisure.

1-2 PM ACE’s, Social Emotional Learning and the Moving Stories
Method in Schools.

2-3:30 PM Experiencing the Moving Stories Method

3:30-4:30 PM Application of Moving Stories in schools–The TREE Program

4:30-5:30 PM Check-in to rooms

6-7 PM: Dinner onsite

7-8:30 PM: Selecting a story and making a Moving Stories kit

Friday June 26, 2020

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast

9-11:30 AM Telling Moving Stories in small groups

11:30-12 PM: Reflections/Questions/Evaluations

12-1 Lunch Onsite

1- 5 PM Enjoy the trails and beach!


This workshop provides 9 CE’s or Contact Hours. Partial hours are permitted with advance notice. By The Sea Seminars takes full responsibility for this workshop. Per the Maine Licensed Professional Counselors Board and Maine Board of Social Work, it is up to the individual to decide if the program enhances his/her professional competence. Per the Maine Department of Education they will accept a certificate with contact hours.


This workshop is designed for daycare, preschool, elementary and early childhood school teachers, trauma coaches, school counselors, or those in the mental health field providing school consultation and counseling.


This workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Cancellation Policy:

Refund of 50% provided within 72 hours.

Location Address and Contact Information:

Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center
5 Morris Ave, Saco, ME 04072
207.282.4489 • info@ferrybeach.org

What to Bring:

  • Clothing for trouncing around in the woods and beach.
  • A favorite children’s story and shoebox.


We will be using sandtrays as part of the workshop. If you would like to buy your own sandtray to launch your Moving Stories adventure you may buy one ahead of time and take it home at the end of the workshop (will include white Sandtastik sand).

  • Sandtray (with Sand) $35.00
  • Sandtray Lid $20.00

Workshop: $150

  • Experiential Social Emotional Learning: The Moving Stories Method for Schools (9 CE’s).

Lodging and Meals: $135

  • Thursday night lodging in a cottage at Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center. In order to keep your price low, we will place you with roommates.
  • Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch
  • Art Materials
  • Use of the beach and trails.

By The Sea Seminars, PO Box 177, Perry, ME  04667
(207) 214-2117 bytheseaseminars.com