Guided Autobiography Facilitator Training

The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies
is dedicated to enriching the lives of adults
through writing, sharing, and preserving life stories and life experiences.

Dr, James Birren, the originator of Guided Autobiography, poses here with Dr. Cheryl Svensson., the trainer who has continued his work for over 20 years. Dr. Birren created the method in the 70’s and died on January 15, 2016.

What is Guided Autobiography?

Guided Autobiography (GAB) has been researched and developed by Dr. James Birren over the past 40 years as a method for helping people document their life stories. Many turned out at his memorial services at USC.

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. Each participant writes a two-page story on a particular theme each week, brings the story to class and reads it to a small group of receptive classmates.

Writing and sharing life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life and to put life events into perspective. While connecting with one another on their journeys of self-discovery, participants feel enlivened by the group experience and gain a greater appreciation of their own lives and of the lives of others. GAB can be a powerful catalyst for improved self-esteem, self-confidence and communication within communities and within families.  To learn more, visit here

What is the Guided Autobiography Training Program?


Join me in the next Guided Autobiography Faciliator Training.

Recognizing the benefits of writing our life stories, many attendees want to learn how they can become facilitators so they can run their own classes. The training program was created to prepare facilitators to offer their own classes around the world. 

Attend live, interactive online sessions from the comfort of your own computer and you’ll receive:

►Step-by-step instructions on how to succeed

►Downloadable handouts for teaching your own classes

►Ideas for generating multiple income stream products such as books, videographies, personal historian services, and more!

All lectures are recorded (both audio and video) and available to view anytime 24/7 for the duration of the training should you miss a class.

The program includes ongoing support after completion to guide you as you develop, promote and launch your first classes. Find out more by visiting the website:

How to Become a Guided Autobiography Facilitator?

To be accepted into training program, you’ll need to attend the free webinar where you’ll get details and be able to ask questions.

Each time the training program opens for new students, it usually fills within a few days. At that point, we add you to the waiting list.

Interested in becoming a Guided Autobiography facilitator? Complete the form below to be invited to the next free introductory webinar.