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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
(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
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by David G. Blumenkrantz

Wrapped in a synthesis of ancient stories from antiquity, youth & community development through rites of passage can be the RITE story for modernity. When you come right down to it we have central “stories” in the form of theories that inform policies (another form of story) that result in programs, which are the manifestation of the theoretical story in action. All of these stories—theories, policies, programs—are “delivery systems for the teller’s agenda.” Read Part I here.


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: David Blumenkrantz, co-founder and executive director of the Center for Youth and Community and the co-designer of the Rite of Passage Experience, continues to explore the importance of raising our young people on healthy stories that respect their inner creative and spiritual lives and help them bridge the divide between youth and adulthood.



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by Sydney Solis, RYT

Words have power. The power to create, connect, relate and excite. The whole universe is created by sound and words and many traditions speak of this...

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, yoga teacher and storyteller Sydney Solis awakens the storyteller with practical advice for using story and yoga with children. Tips and techniques are accompanied by a short story which readers can use to explore the power of words and movement.


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by Noa Baum

Since 2002, Israeli-born storyteller Noa Baum has performed “A Land Twice Promised,” a one-woman show based on her dialogue with a Palestinian woman also living in the United States. The piece weaves together both the women’s and their mothers’ memories of war and occupation. Baum’s work illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions that surround Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike...


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

I have always enjoyed word games of any kind. I just seem to have a knack for quickly and easily unscrambling those word puzzles you find in the paper (usually with the comics). Puns and double entendrés are always fun. That’s why I really enjoy the name of the video I would like to share with you...




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by Trent S. Parker and Karen S. Wampler

It is common to experience emotional changes while engaged in a book, television program, or movie. Feelings of excitement, sadness, and other emotions are experienced while following the storyline. This study explores whether such emotional shifts can be introduced in a clinical setting by using therapeutic story telling...




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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Who among us doesn't love a good love story? This StoryCorps video first aired on the Atlanta Public Radio station and tells what could be one of the greatest love stories ever. Funny, touching and incisive, Danny and Annie are unusually thoughtful and candid in expressing their affection -- from their very first date to the time of Danny's death. The video is so beautiful, it made me cry. I hope you enjoy this unforgettable love story as much as I did. Be sure to turn up the volume because older people can sometimes be difficult to understand. I guarantee you will be completely captivated by this couple's expression of love.


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Adapted by Janet Mullen from a story by Vicki Gabriner

From the corners where the silence remains, there came the urgency to go to a mountain top and scream out the whole truth. I sent out a prayer to God, to the universe - “It’s too painful, I can’t take it!” - and she came to me, the power of my mind, the energy of the universe, an angel of God in blue, like the Good Fairy in the Wizard of Oz, waving a wand...


Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this story, therapist Jan Mullen tells the story of a child who has a vision of a “Good Fairy” who comes and helps her deal with her pain.


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“Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the incidents of everyday life: the phrase in the newspaper, the endearing or infuriating game of a toddler, the misunderstanding at the office. Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”

~Mary Catherine Bateson


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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this TEDxEast talk, V.O.I.C.E. project founder, poet and storyteller Sarah Kay entertains with poetry and storytelling weaving a riveting narrative of family history and imagination. Learn more about Sarah's work at www.project-voice.net.


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by Donna Jacobs Sife

And blessed by story as I am, when I spoke publicly about the things I felt and saw, I was able to speak to injustice directly to the heart, without the defence that can rise from speaking too directly to the mind, and thereby threateningly. Stories are like that, they creep in to do their work like spies?they gently and devastatingly prod us awake.

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(a Traditional Oral Marathi Tale Khulbhar Doodh from the Region of Maharashtra in India)
as retold by Aanand Chabukswar

Once as a King was riding through his country, he came to the temple of Shiva. Suddenly an urge to please the God seized him. As soon as he returned to his palace, he sent out an order - a royal proclamation commanding all his people to offer every drop of milk from the kingdom to Shiva on the special festival day of Shivratri...


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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Through a combination of mentoring, case-management, education, and exposure to the creative arts, the One Story, One World project inspires young people to create their own stories which serve to improve their self-esteem and equip them with essential life skills necessary to not only survive, but thrive in today’s society.


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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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