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 Mary B. Summerlin

One of my dreams came true when I was in the 8th grade. I won a horse! I was a 4-H member in my community and participated in all the projects. That year one of the local farmers who raised Tennessee Walking Horses announced that he was giving a 6-month-old colt to the most outstanding 4-H Club member in the county that year. Well, I loved horses, read all the novels in the library, studied books, and listened to grown-ups whenever they talked about horses. So I got to work - very, very hard. I don't remember all the things I did but I WON...

 

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Editor's Note from Michael Williams: James Geary's TED Talk on metaphor. Any storyteller, of course, recognizes metaphor as an essential element of story. We use approximately six metaphors every minute in our speech. In this video, author James Geary introduces and celebrates the world of metaphor. Learn more about Geary's fascination with metaphor at http://www.jamesgeary.com/.

 

 

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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

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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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: “Therapeutic” has a variety of meanings. “Therapeutic Storytelling” can offer a tale that is deeply personal, yet simultaneously universal in its appeal. Stories are part of the fabric of life, so where better to begin than with a story about birth? Life is a gift and filled with mystery and wonder! Please enjoy this fascinating video exploring how life begins. Mathematician Alexander Tsiaris uses art and technology to take us on a visual journey from conception to birth and beyond. He marvels at how we get to be expressed as unique individuals and wind up being who we are.

 

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

The you that you say you are is a story that no one but you could have written. Family, culture, conditions, time and space influence your story, but it is your story and it can never belong to anyone else. Your story is filled with triumphs, victories, wins and losses...

 

Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: The following was taken from the Daily Guides for the August 2012 issue of the Science of Mind Magazine, specifically the one for Monday, August 13, 2012, written by Bob Luckin. Permission to quote was obtained directly from the publisher.

 

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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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by Mark D. Hyde

In a brief encounter with a total stranger, I finally realized an insight that has taken me years to grasp. In a world where we long for everything new, bright, and shiny, I had come to be OK with, embrace, and even appreciated the dents, dings, and damage that life inevitably brought my way...
 

 

 

 

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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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by Sudha Umashanker

Caesar was our family’s first pup. A friend brought him to us in a tiny carton. Black for the most part with a few patches of cream on his legs...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In the second story from Indian journalist and storyteller Sudha Umashanker, we read a bittersweet tale of a precocious pup named Caesar, a much loved family pet. Sharing stories not only honours our beloved friends, it is a crucial part of healing the heart.

 

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Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: If it has been awhile since you listened to portions of Bill Moyers’ classic interviews with Joseph Campbell entitled, “The Power of Myth,” then I offer this conversation about our ancestors – the first storytellers. Evidence suggests that stories began 250,000 years ago and it is Joseph Campbell’s belief that we carry these stories in our very bones today. I hope you enjoy this dialogue as much as I do!

 

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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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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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