THERAPEUTIC STORYTELLING

What is Therapeutic Storytelling? Stories use metaphor and imagery to change the way we see our lives and the world, offering healing and growth to everyone - teller and listener alike. They connect us to each other and help us find meaning and hope. Therapeutic storytelling can change the way we see our lives and the world. Using metaphor, stories offer healing to everyone. For more information about therapeutic storytelling, visit All Things Healing online today!

Introduction to Therapeutic Storytelling
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(Asst Editor: Norma-Jean Strickland) Michael is a storyteller and teacher, with interests in therapeutic storytelling and peace education. He is a member of the Scottish Storytelli...
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Michael Williams, PhD
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by Bobby Seigetsu Avstreih

Our brains are hard-wired for grammar, rhythm and flow - in other words, for stories. An infant, when played a tape of a mother's comforting words in Chinese or English or Russian, will smile at the observer's face. But when the same types of sounds are removed from their context, are scrambled and played as random 'nonsense', the infant shows distress. As we learn words we continue to express our need for order through storytelling...

 

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by Sudha Umashanker

It was a coconut tree that was lovingly planted by my late grandmother decades ago. Back then, Chennai was not chock-a-bloc with houses and with the plot behind our house being vacant it didn’t matter if our tree was close to the compound wall...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: I'm pleased to introduce Sudha Umashanker to our All Things Healing readers. Sudha is a young journalist from Chennai in India. In addition to writing about important social issues, Sudha is a trained storyteller. Many of her stories, like this one, are drawn from her memories of childhood and family life. They are a reminder of the everyday challenges we meet in life, the events we grieve and the ones we celebrate. In our increasingly urbanised world, this is a story that reminds us that Nature's loss is also our own.

 

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Editor of Storytelling

Description: "In Scotland, folk songs serve as memories, of places and the dead who once inhabited them. Exploring the theme of change, When the Song Dies seeks to bring the audience under the captive spell of the old ways...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: "When the Song Dies" is a short film by Jamie Chambers. Its message is stark and simple -- when the songs and stories are forgotten so dies the culture. Chambers' film explores the meaning and significance of song and story in Scottish culture. A lovely and haunting film.

 

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Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: In this TEDx video, Grammy-award winning storyteller Bill Harley talks about story and storytelling. If you enjoy this, find out more about Bill at his website http://www.billharley.com/default.asp.

 

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by Jennifer Ramsay

Jennifer Ramsay the Story GirlThe objective of ‘Weaving Stories’ is to tell and share our personal stories around a central theme and to sew these story images onto a patchwork. The finished patchwork is then the base to create a new collective story...

 

 

 

 

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by Michael Berman

Long ago there was a certain Chuang stonemason. He was famous for his extraordinary skill at his trade. One day a rich man needed some stonecutting done and sent for him. When he got there he saw that his employer lived in a great mansion, was dressed in silk and satin, ate all kinds of delicacies from oceans and mountains, and was waited on my maids and servants. Very envious, the mason gave up working, and wanted only to become such a rich man himself...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Sticks and stones may break our bones but they make far better stories. In the following, storyteller Michael Berman contributes two classic and transformative stories.

 

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by Corydon Ireland

Tell me a story.

That tender and urgent imperative appears to date to early humankind...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Last month saw a standing room only crowd come out to “Tell Me A Story” event sponsored by the Harvard College Students for Scholars at Risk. The event featured literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt and a number of other scholars and writers talking about the necessity of storytelling our world today.

 

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by Martha Johnson

Therapeutic story-telling is a powerful tool parents can use to help their children understand their feelings and behaviors. Foster and adoptive children often struggle with complex issues such as attachment, loss and grieving; and other issues such as handling disappointment and coping with transitions. Today you’ll [read] some stories, learn some techniques and begin to build your own repertoire of therapeutic stories...

 

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by Mary Louise Chown

Hearing a story is like listening to music, the words falling off the teller’s tongue, onto our ears, and into our heart, setting thoughts and memories in motion. Stories are heard in the deep heart’s core and answer the burning questions that we all have. Who are we? Where did we come from? Who do we love? What have we forgotten that is important to remember?

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and mediator Mary Louise Chown reflects on her therapeutic work with story and children. She states: "Children especially need the experience of listening to stories and discovering connections with their own lives. This can strengthen their spirits for when they meet hard times, such as illness or death, or any kind of sadness or disappointment."

 

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“We are the first generation bombarded with so many stories from so many authorities, none of which are our own. The parable of the postmodern mind is the person surrounded by a media center: three television screens in front of them giving three sets of stories; fax machines bringing in other stories; newspapers providing still more stories..."

 

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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

Storytelling isn’t just for entertainment. It can be a valuable therapeutic tool and way of conveying useful information in the form of wisdom or intuition. Stories allow the listener to absorb information and apply any teaching as they are able to understand it...

 

 

 

 

 

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by Paula Cowie

When you hear my stories
You feel safe
It feels okay
they don't always make sense...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Poet, storyteller and eco-manager Paula Cowie shares a poetic reflection on the power of story.

 

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Moggys Tale: A Story Coaching Journey

by Michael Williams, PhD, Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

A middle-aged woman—a former librarian—stands before us, takes a deep breath, looks us in the eye and begins. Over the next five minutes she tells a story of a cat. The cat once belonged to her, in another place, in another time. Then the cat died. End of story.

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