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Narrative Methods In Clinical Practice: The Use Of Storytelling For Sustainable Change week-end workshop intensives

This course is offered by Lifestage, Inc, an approved provider of Continuing Education for social workers by the New York State Education Department's Board for Social Work.   8 Contact hours

This training will explore the power of story from the standpoint of listener and storyteller, the impact of social and cultural narratives on a person's inner life and provide tools for crafting stories that have maximum impact on the listener.

Narratives about one's abilities, strengths, potential and place in the world are woven into an implicit sense of self that is a powerful driver of perceptions and choices. Whether these narratives are positive or negative, they become self-reinforcing. But studies show that they can be changed and that changing them can redirect the course of a person's life. 

Storytelling skills have been shown to fine tune listening, and strengthen the capacity to  rewrite personal narratives. Participants will craft a story drawn from their own professio…
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IMPROV RULES; Using Creative Experiences To Develop Social-Emotional Skills

"Intelligence is a brain-body-environment structure and function system...learning and change are grounded in the experience of discovery." Madrazzo and Motz,  “Brain Research: Implications For Diverse Learners” published in Science Educator
"The thinking part of our brain evolved through entanglement with older parts that we now know are involved in emotion and feelings. Emotion and thought are physically entangled— immensely so. This brings our body into the story because we feel our emotions in our body, and the way we feel always influences our brain."  James Zull, "The Art Of Changing The Brain" Educational Leadership,

Our interactions with other people are constantly creating and reinforcing neural pathways and neural pathways are the "habits of mind" that we experience as thoughts, beliefs, identity and sense of self.During developmental years, having skills that promote relationships of reciprocity can form a foundation for shaping one's…

Transformative Storytelling: An Improvisational Approach To Developing Stories That Educate, Motivate and Inspire Workshop Handout

“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.” Robert McKee

On the intersection of improv - where we do not know what is going to happen and can only experience/create by giving up the need to know - and storytelling, where we know what has happened and seek to find meaning in it:
"Life can only be understood backward, but must be lived forward." Soren Kierkagaard
"Many business people have already discovered the power of storytelling in a practical sense - they have observed how compelling a well-constructed narrative can be. But recent scientific work is putting a much finer point on how just stories change our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors." Why Your Brain Loves A Good Story, Harvard Business Review, Oct. 28, 2014
There have never been so many competing demands for attention at the same time there is so much essential knowledge to communicate to clients, colle…

GAMECHANGERS: Using Improv Games For Therapeutic Goals Workshop Handout

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." Carl Jung


Applied Improvisation games are a form of brain training and social-emotional skill development that are increasingly used in training, therapy and classrooms. "Improv enthusiasts rave about its educational value," writes Linda Flanagan in "How Improv Can Open Up The Mind In The Classroom and Beyond" on Mindshift. According to BostonImprov National Touring Company director Deanna Criess, who is quoted in the article, improvisation "not only hones communication and public speaking skills, it also stimulates fast thinking and engagement with ideas. On a deeper level, improv chips away at mental barriers that block creative thinking — that internal editor who crosses out every word before it appears on a page — and rewards spontaneous, intuitive responses. Because improv depends on the group providing categorical support for every answer, participants also…