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, StoryCoach, and teacher, with interests in therapeutic storytelling, coaching, leadership, personal and community dev...
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Michael Williams, PhD
We are currently seeking a Co-Editor and/or Assistant Editor for this section. For more information please contact Sherri Carter at sherricarter@allthingshealing.com

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This video highlights the importance of the talking circle and shared stories in restorative justice. Documentary filmmaker, educator and journalist Paulette Moore creates a moving explanation of how and why talking circles are effective. Through her work Moore explores how art, power, conflict, justice and beauty all intersect, inspire and inform.

 

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by Michael Berman

I am often asked why, even though I have a driving licence and would benefit from having a car due to the difficulty I now have in walking or using public transport, I do not have one. Though not strictly true, I usually answer to reduce my carbon footprint, but, the real reason for my decision not to drive is somewhat different...

 

Editor´s Note from Michael Williams: While attending a workshop near the legendary Glastonbury, author Michael Berman experiences a life-changing story.

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Since we’re approaching the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to share a 10-minute video which is one of the most beautiful expressions of gratitude I have seen in quite awhile. Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials. As a visual artist, he has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time.

 

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by Mary Phillips-Sandy

Q: WHAT IS NARRATIVE MEDICINE?

A: It’s knowing what to do with stories.
My group and I have developed many, many narrative practices and routines for teaching and clinical work. One is called the “parallel chart.” We give clinicians or students this instruction: Write the things about your care of a patient that do not belong in his or her chart. These parallel charts expose matters that open up in the care of an individual patient, even if they’re simply things like “I’m angry at this guy,” or “This woman makes me sad...”

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this short article, Mary Phillips-Sandy interviews Rita Charon, Director of the Narrative Medicine programme at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, about the use of story in medicine...

 

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by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Asst. Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

Have you ever been so excited about something you felt it right down to your bones? That’s how I reacted in late March when I first learned of a Sounds True summer event called, “The Mysterium: Psychology...in the Truest Sense of the Word” with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. It was scheduled to be a 5-day intensive for helping professionals at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado from August 9-14, 2011. There was no way I was going to miss this event...

 

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Master Scottish storyteller David Campbell tells us the story of a swift-footed Fianna. Be quick or you'll miss it. Learn more about David at http://www.daviddcampbell.co.uk/

 

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

We’ve all experienced the satisfaction of hearing or reading a good story or feeling that “wow” factor after watching an engaging film. And when telling a story, we frequently feel better for sharing it...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Neuroscience research is increasingly learning more about our amazing brains. In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, I discover what this research has learned about how story affects our brains -- seems that it does so in a very positive manner. This research is also attracting attention from the world of well-being, business, and even the military.

 

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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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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This video is a lovely introduction to the work of author and workshop facilitator John Killick. Killick works with adults suffering with dementia. He utilizes elements of play and storytelling in his work. You can't help but smile and admire this approach as you watch the enjoyment in his Funshop workshop.

 

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by Lisabeth Sewell McCann

This story is like the other stories in our “Stories for Helping and Healing Series” – in that it is written to support children through challenges or hard times...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Stories are there to help us when we're in pain or 'dis-eased'. Stories can give us some distance to explore our illness, our grief, our pain. They can offer us solace, comfort and solace in the notion that we are not alone. In the story below, Lisabeth Sewell McCann offers a tale in response to the untimely death of a child in the hope that her story might help with the healing process of grief.

 

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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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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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