General Aim

This is part of the series CH-Q exercises.
This exercise aims that participants describe a situation and with that situation can prove that they have certain competencies, feelings and motivation.

Learning goals

1. Integral vision of one’s life
2. Reflecting on important moments in one’s life and find out qualities and conditions that belonged to these moments

Short description/background/Introduction/Tips for the trainer

To better understand who we are, what we’re able to do, what we want and what we can offer, and how our personal traits and emotions have influenced / steered / controlled our life, it is important to collect as much information as possible about ourselves and arrange the available data. Making a lifeline can help us with this. It is a retrospection on our life so far.
● Writing down the moment or feeling, can be done in many ways: by drawing a picture, drawing a symbol, writing down a song or any other way.
● The facilitator should ask participants to add the competencies they have used in their competency biography.
Participants should be asked about important changes in their lives (e.g. moving from school to work or resuming work after a period of illness).
CH-Q uses the emotions, personal traits, and social behaviour as a driver for the bottom-up procedures. Ode-to-Joy aims to connect to and support the emotions in support to the above-described approach and results.



Suggested group

6-12 persons


CH-Q worksheet “Lifeline”


30 minutes + ´homework


The questions to be asked are as follows:
● What did you learn of the good moments in life and what did you learn of the difficult moments in life?
● Which qualities did you use to further develop in these moments? Which obstacles did you encounter? And how did you deal with this?
● How did the outcomes of the other JOY-exercises help you a) in creating positive moves forward, b) to strengthen other competencies, and c) to make these other competencies better visible and having them informally and formally more recognised?
Step 1: Drawing a lifeline (20 minutes)
Step 2: Integral vision of life
Step 3: Put the outcomes in the portfolio

Evaluation/Final debriefing

The evaluation takes place during the following exercises in the effectiveness of working together and individually.


● Exercise “ Lifeline”, from the project Worklife Guidance
● Neuroscience and relationships / How to create a timeline: The Power of Re-working Your Life’s Story
Community counsellor training toolkit: lifeline exercise on pages 84-88.
● Bayne & Jinks: How to survive counsellor training. Lifeline exercise on pages 88-89.
● Sugarman: Counselling and the life course. Notes about lifeline exercise on the pages 105-106.
● Similar kind of exercise in the Knowledge Sharing toolkit : River of life