All teleconference recordings are approximately one hour long.
From Tragedy Through Forgiveness: Dr. Fred Luskin
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Dr. Fred Luskin will share examples from his work helping groups of people to resolve conflicts and heal from tragedy through forgiveness. He will also discuss his research on the therapeutic effects of forgiveness and how he uses story to teach about forgiveness with his students at Stanford University. Elisa Pearmain, a member of HSA who shares a special interest in this topic will be his host.
Dr. Luskin is the author of the best seller Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness. He has worked with many organizations and other professionals to manage stress and enhance forgiveness all over the United States. He has also worked with men and women from both sides of the violence in Northern Ireland who have had family members killed and with different groups of financial advisors after the stock market crash of 2000 to enhance their conflict resolution and stress management skills.
Interfaith Storytelling: Breaking down Barriers and Building Community, with Sweet Surprises along the Way
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri City Area (Albany, Schenectady, Troy, N.Y.) is a group that believes in the spiritual, moral and healing power of story for bringing about peace and understanding between people of different spiritualities and faiths. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in Fall of 2013. In this teleconference, Gert Johnson talks about their beginnings, basic information on how they “do” interfaith storytelling, some of the highlights of their journey and wisdom gained along the way.
The ETSU Cancer Stories Project: Joseph Sobol
Monday, April 1, 2013
Storytellers, physicians, researchers working as a team turning illness narratives into stories for performance via the Hero’s Journey model. Joseph Sobol has been a crucial member of the team that designed and implemented the CANCER STORY project with physicians and healers at ETSU Medical School. During the project, Joseph’s father was dying of cancer which made his work even more penetrating and personal. One of the great outcomes of the program is the creation of learning modules for medical students to learn more about the needs of patients with cancer, in all stages of the illlness, by hearing their stories.
Deena Metzger and Laura Simms
Wednesday, June 13th 2012
Story is our Medicine
All indigenous peoples have known that Story is a medicine, is at the very foundation of healing. Even contemporary experience affirms that medical interventions are enhanced when the afflicted ones recognize the story they are living, the meaning that can be derived from their suffering, and see the particular path that is theirs to walk to healing. Laura Simms and Deena Metzger, long colleagues and explorers of these very very old and so very new ways of bringing ease, healing and vision to individuals, communities and the suffering earth. In addition to being writers, story tellers and healers, Simms and Metzger share independent involvement with peace building in Africa and deep engagement with animals.
April 5th, 2012
A Lifeboat and a Compass – Helping Youth and Families Heal with Yoga and Story
Sydney talks about how to support mental health through yoga and story, including personal story, folktales as well as practical techniques of yoga and meditation to manage anxiety, stress, depression and prevent suicide. Yoga is the lifeboat and therapy; story is the compass and medicine.
Thursday, March 8th 2012
Listening Beyond the Border
In healing story contexts, we serve as listener, as teller, or as both. Curiously, our society creates a distinct border at the moment that emotions are fully expressed. We try to shush each other or ourselves, or to distract from the pain. Yet, what lies beyond that border? Doug Lipman tells some of his experiences of willingly crossing that border – and of the benefits to himself and to those whose healing he assisted.
February 23rd, 2012
The Listener’s Tale: a myth remix
Could there be a new myth coalescing in the imaginations and on the tongues of today’s storytellers? We often say “Stories find the tellers they need” in discussing how individual storytellers create a repertoire. Is there a new story trying to find us so that we can give it voice? Playing with this idea led me to wondering what kind of story that might be, and all trails led to the idea of Listener as the possible hero of this possible myth-in-progress. ”
November 30, 2011
Journeys to Transformation: Sharing our Experience of How Story Heals
What is healing story? Who is it for? Why is it important? Drawing from thirty years experience, Fran explores some of the answers to these questions as they appeared in her keynote from the New England Healing Story Conference delivered last June. Following her delivery, listeners were encouraged to share their own experiences, expanding the discussion of the past, present and future of healing story.
November 2, 2011
Our Secret Territory
Based on her work in Haiti training health workers, educators and parents working in camps and orphanages this presentation is about story, reciprocity and imagination as the means of accessing inherent presence and joy.
September 20, 2011
Peace in the Family: A Family Educational Model Using Stories and Skills to Build More Peaceful and Healthy Families.
May 19, 2011
Re-Authoring Your Life
April 14, 2011
Stories with Spirit
Designed to bring comfort, joy and hope to grieving and ill children and the people who love and care for them.
December 9, 2010
Healers Helping Healers: Storytelling for Professionals at Risk for Vicarious Trauma
May 26, 2010
In Search of the Inside Story: Imagination, Digestion, and Resilience
March 2, 2010
Healing yourself Through Story
Working with the Hope Foundation in Alberta Canada