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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!

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(Asst Editor: Norma-Jean Strickland) Michael is a storyteller, StoryCoach, and teacher, with interests in therapeutic storytelling, coaching, leadership, personal and community dev...
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by Michael Williams, PhD
ATH Editor of Theraputic Storytelling

Years ago, while working as a counsellor in Canada, I found myself struggling to help a young 14-year old girl in distress. She'd come into the therapeutic program having suffered years of sexual abuse. She was anorexic and suicidal. After months of counseling, I managed to establish a certain level of trust with her but increasingly I found myself at a loss as to how to help her out of her despair. My training seemed inadequate, unable to provide her with the answers for which she was desperate. How could I help her find some meaning in her life worth living for...

 

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by Ted Kuntz

The people of the Hopi First Nations understood the power of stories. They had a strong oral tradition and used storytelling as the means to transfer wisdom from one generation to the next.

Carefully embedded within each story were the values, skills and knowledge the elders deemed necessary to navigate the challenges of life successfully...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This article was first published in Ted Kuntz's newsletter "Peace Begins With Me" (March 2013). We hope you enjoy it and will be inspired to read more about Ted's peace education work and interest in story.

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: In 1996, TimeSlips founder Anne Basting was curious... could improvisation and creative drama techniques that were so powerful for healthy older adults prove helpful for people with Alzheimer's and dementia? TimeSlips is creative storytelling that lets your imagination soar...

 

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“One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow?”


~ Matthew Fox

 

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 by Jessica Wilson

Jessica WilsonIn the second part of Jessica Wilson's account of how storytelling has been applied in a medium-secure ward setting in South Wales, she describes the impact of storytelling on her and her patients.

 

 

 

 

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 by Jessica Wilson 

Jessica Wilson's personal account tells of how storytelling has been applied in a medium-secure ward setting. It describes a little of what she has learned and experienced over the past two years at Llanarth Court Hospital, Partnerships in Care, South Wales.

 

 

 

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: This is a 10-minute video featuring Jackie Merrill, who presents stories to elementary-aged children in the oral tradition, who then goes on to speak of the importance of the role of elders in our society and keeping the art of storytelling alive. She is also Chairperson of the Board of an intergenerational organization called Storybinders, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to telling (not reading) stories to children in schools.

 

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by Jonathan Young

 
Mythic stories make up a kind of collective dream that we all have together. If we want to understand our dreams, in many respects, we can look at these stories and study them...
 
 
 
 

 

by Jonathan Young

When the people of Hamelin refused to pay the Pied Piper what they had promised, he led the children of the village away with his magical music. This key moment in a familiar fairy tale carries many insights.

 

 

 


by Juliet Bruce

Story provides structure for safely expressing pain and negative beliefs that hamper development. Telling the story of difficult experience makes you its master rather than its victim...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In Part 1, Juliet Bruce talked about how reassessing our life stories can empower us. In “The Call To Adventure, Part 2”  she shares her thoughts on how story transforms life experiences. Through storytelling, she suggests, we are empowered to make the most of our lives.

 

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by Juliet Bruce

We are born into this world as creatures of infinite possibility. From our first days, we connect dots of random experience that pour in through our senses. These connections become our foundational stories – templates of expectation about who we are and how our life will be...

 

 

 

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“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one; it is a way of approaching life indirectly, of acquiring a total rather than a partial view of the universe. The writer lives between the upper and lower worlds: he takes the path in order eventually to become that path himself.”

~ Henry Miller

 

 

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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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