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 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 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 Donna Jacobs Sife

Using multicultural folktales in the classroom not only gives teachers a vehicle to tackle moral issues, but also exposes children to the uniqueness of other cultures. They illustrate how people around the world deal with common problems, and give children a window into a new world...

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In Part 2 of "Storytelling and Diversity Education", Australian storyteller Donna Jacobs Sife demonstrates how the use of folktales can help children and young people reveal themselves and their concerns through storytelling. See Part 1.

 

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by Donna Jacobs Sife

Personal stories – when teachers tell stories about themselves as children, or as fallible adults, apart from building an intimacy between themselves and their students, their students can also often feel safe to admit to their own fallibilities and internal struggles, particularly if the anecdotes and memories are those of a struggle, a misunderstanding or a reaction to living in a diverse society...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: The value of storytelling for diversity and cross-cultural education cannot be overestimated. Storytelling can build relationships, develop empathy and understanding of cultures, develop language, connect with traditions, heal grievances, impart values and ethics, and speak of difficult things in a safe and accessible way.

 

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by Wendy Woolfson

I have been working in Glasgow with a group of adults with learning disabilities in a therapeutic reading group for a few months and I’d like to share this session with you...

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and therapeutic reading group leader Wendy Woolfson shares her experience working in Glasgow with a group of adults with learning disabilities in a therapeutic reading group. The project has been funded by SLIC Scottish Library and Information Council. 

 

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

1. Be present: Before you begin telling your story, take time to be present with your audience. Smile, make eye contact, say hello to a few people, and thank them for coming. Others who see this will feel you’re actually a friendly human being. Feel the energy in the room. Remember, the audience wants you to do well. Tap into that energy. Introduce yourself. Take the time to create the space in which you will deliver the story. Pace it out, get a feel of it, make it yours. Connect with your breathing. Listen . . . then begin. Commit to the story and have fun. Let the story tell you.

 

Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As a storyteller, people often assume I’m an extrovert who loves getting up in front of people and telling stories. I do. But that doesn’t mean I’m not nervous. The truth is, I’m an introvert and not entirely comfortable being in front of large groups of people. But I love sharing stories with others. And thanks to some techniques, some sound advice, and lots of practice, I can now stand up in front of an audience and deliver my stories and actually enjoy the experience.

In what follows, I share some reflections gathered over the years as a storyteller and story coach. Some were passed on to me by some very wise mentors and coaches and others have come about through trial and error. But over the years, I’ve found them to be 5 sure-fire ways to tell a compelling story. I hope you will too. All the best on your journey to becoming the storyteller you want to be. Feel free to e-mail me with your story.

 

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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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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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