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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!

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

The following books are highly recommended for those of you who wish to delve more deeply into storytelling, whether you are a writer, teacher or student, particularly since the new school year has already begun. These books will assist your research into the elements of what makes a good story, interpretation and other tools...

 

 

 

 

 

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by Michael Williams,
ATH Editor of Storytelling

Love it or loathe it, Google is very much part of our online lives. For many, it's the digital engine of choice, bringing us information, images, our email, supporting our blogs and hosting our conversations. For anyone working online, it's an essential tool and that's no less true for the editor of Therapeutic Storytelling here at All Things Healing...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Love it loathe it Google can be a very useful tool for searching the world's best stories on storytelling.

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Parents sometimes become storytellers whether they want to or not. This YouTube video is from the Minnesota Public Radio station and is about a mother answering her young daughter’s relentless questions about sex. It made me laugh so hard, I nearly cried! I hope you enjoy it, too!

 

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by Michael Williams, Ph.D.

In a recent article, published in the Kansas City Star (1 August 2017), writer Emmanuel Ngomsi laments the decline of traditional oral storytelling in his village of Kouansi in the African nation of Cameroon. According to Ngomsi, the growing availability and use of mobile phones and social media have attracted the younger generation away from more traditional sources of knowledge and wisdom. Ngomsi writes,

 

 

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: This video announces a new initiative from Hollywood: Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. Many of Tinseltown's stars and activists get together to call for the entertainment industry to take a more 'spiritual' approach that incorporates more humanistic themes. It features such luminaries as Jim Carrey, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and Jean Houston among others...

 

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reviewed by Laura Simms

The peace-making potential of engaged storytelling is described and made visceral in The New Story: Storytelling as a pathway to Peace (Matador, 2015). Savor the opportunity to sit with someone who has walked the walk personally and professionaly...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Award-winning storyteller, author, and humanitarian Laura Simms reviews an important book from Inger Lise Oelrich entitled The New Story: Storytelling as a Pathway to Peace (Matador, 2015).

 

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by Lisa Bloom

It was the height of the troubles.

There were incidents almost every day.

It was hard to see any pattern. Nowhere was safe, every place a potential target. No specific groups were mentioned, everyone felt vulnerable...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In her recent blog article, Story Coach Lisa Bloom—no stranger to chaos and violence – brings a sobering perspective to the recent events in the world.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

 

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by Joan Stockbridge

Yesterday I flew back from my nephew’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding, celebrated in the same little stone church where I’d been married 36 years earlier. And the reception was very festive, with the dance floor crowded all night...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As All Souls Day approaches, I am reminded of how many cultures honour their dead with a meal, a visit to the grave, and sharing of memories. No one is ever dead, an ancient tale reminds us, as long as we keep telling stories about the departed. In this poignant article, storyteller, spiritual director and SoulCollage® facilitator Joan Stockbridge recounts the importance of “ceremony” as a way of dealing with death and grief.

 

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by Laura Simms

The Journey of the Healer as Teller of Tales is complex:

As a storyteller I have learned that to tell a story and lead others through it with a depth of intimacy and distance (simultaneously) I need to have lived the story myself. It is not always the incidents of the tale that I know, but the experience of the journey...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As Laura points out, the journey of the storyteller as healer is a long and complex one. Yet, it is absolutely necessary, for the storyteller cannot take his or her audience on an emotional journey without having travelled the path beforehand. In this article, Laura shares her map of one of those journeys.

 

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by Lisa Bloom

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s about a particular woman, it’s about every person. It’s about me and it’s about you. It is a story about our stories...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: I met Lisa a few years ago during a storytelling tour in Israel and have since then become a big fan of her work. She's not only a great storyteller but an inspiring story coach helping others find the courage to share their stories. The following story is taken from her newsletter and is typical of the passion Lisa brings to her work.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: The death of storyteller Syd Lieberman leaves a hole in the storytelling world that will be tough to fill. In this video, award-winning storyteller and teacher Lieberman reminds why he was much loved. Here he demonstrates why story is the most effective way for teachers to share their experiences in order to build support for and understanding of their work. He shows how story touches listeners and readers, and presents a model of how to put together a story that teachers can use in writing their own pieces.

 

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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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