Strengthening Resilience Through The Power Of Story

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Strengthening Resilience Through The Power Of Story


Friday Sept 15, 2017, 1-5 pm at Simple Studios, 134 W 29th St. 2nd Floor, New York, NY

This course has been by NYS as Continuing Education for social workers, Provider #0270 and provides 4 Contact hours.

Resilience - the ability to adapt to unexpected change, cope creatively with adversity and thrive in the face of difficult circumstances - is an essential mind and skill set that can be learned over the course of one's lifetime. Creative experiences that strengthen skills associated with resilience form a foundation for telling a story of personal transformation. Research repeatedly shows that our attitudes, fears, hopes and values are strongly influenced by story, according to Jonathan Gotschall in the Fast Company article "Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon." Because we are "creatures of story" our minds and hearts are influenced by the narratives we learn and shaped by the narratives we live, a reality with which therapists, social workers and all professionals helping people make and sustain change are directly engaged. Story promotes understanding about the tensions of change, the process through which small choices and seemingly minor steps can be transformative and life-altering. 

In this workshop we will explore:

How storytelling skills promote communication skills essential to psychological resilience;

Creative techniques for thinking and sharing about life experiences that are authentic and transformative;

The power of story to inspire and sustain hope for individuals and communities;

Research into the use of storytelling in clinical settings;

INSTRUCTOR:  Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP, MT is a writer, performer, trainer/consultant and creative arts psychotherapist who designs and facilitates arts-based professional and personal development workshops. Her Applied Improvisation workshops are attended by participants from the worlds of psychotherapy and counseling, education, business and medicine and provides creative wellness programs for large organizations in NY and around the country. She is host and creator of (mostly) TRUE THINGS, a live show featuring true stories - with a twist, original music and audience interaction. Her book - Possible Futures: Creative Thinking For The Speed of Life - and blog Lives In Progress explores the importance of creativity and relationship skills for success in the networked world. She is published in The International Journal of Arts In Psychotherapy Special Issue on HIV/AIDS and Special Issue on Addiction, Music Therapy Perspectives, and Recovery Press

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