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 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 Michael Williams,
ATH Co-Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling

I offer five of my favourite storytelling web sites for an array of seasonal tales and storytelling resources relevant to the month of December and the winter season. Enjoy...

 

 

 

 

 

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by Edward Tick

Warriors in traditional societies served the need for protection, and all that was done was done in the tribe’s name. They had rituals transferring responsibility for actions during warfare from veterans to the entire culture. Ultimately leaders, not ordinary troops, were held responsible for the results of battle and for the deaths that occurred...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: A short time ago, the Soldier's Heart organization was one of our featured charities. Its founder, Ed Tick, Ph.D., has worked with war veterans or “warriors” for more than 30 years. His article tells of the importance of encouraging warriors to share their stories to enable healing from the trauma of war and from associated illnesses such as PTSD. Continued from Part 1.

 

 

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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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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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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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“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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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As we approach Remembrance Day on November 11th, we take time to reflect on the sacrifice of several generations of men and women warriors in war. Importantly, we also turn our thoughts to those who need our compassion and help to recover from the physical, emotional and spiritual wounds of war. 'Theatre of War' is one such healing project...

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Is Laughter Therapeutic? Have you heard a famous expression that says, “Laughter is the best medicine?” New research suggests that one of the benefits of laughter may be that it prevents heart attacks. So, does that mean you can say laughter is therapeutic?

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice–and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. When listening and viewing this video, be sure to turn up your volume. The video is just under 19 minutes and is exceptional.

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Professor of English and psychologist Geri Chavis talks about her book "Poetry and Story Therapy: the Healing Power of Creative Expression." She shares some of her beliefs and techniques for working with poetry and story therapeutically and is aimed mostly at health practitioners and educators but it will of interest to anyone who works with the creative arts and therapies.

 

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

People who attended “The Mysterium”  in Loveland, Colorado with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés had an opportunity to obtain many of her books and audio programs. I was fortunate enough to get three items which I understand are currently out of print. One of them is entitled, “The Gift of Story: A Wise Tale About What Is Enough.” It was originally published in 1993 by The Ballantine Publishing Group in New York...

 

 

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A Perfect Fit by Emily Jameson

A loving digital story by Emily Jameson which pays tribute to her friend Katie Nolan who tragically died with two friends while climbing on Mt. Hood in northern Oregon in 2009. Emily's story is an example of the power of storytelling to celebrate lives and to initiate the healing after such a tragedy. For more on this story go here.  

 

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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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