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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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