IS THE NARRATIVE METHOD PSYCHOTHERAPY?
The Narrative Method is therapeutic but it is not psychotherapy. Whereas psychotherapists use their professional training to help patients better understand their problems, The Narrative Method is a non-hierarchical modality in which the facilitator encourages participants to use their humanity and personal experience to understand and support each other as individuals.
The Narrative Method doesn’t treat symptoms. We treat human beings to a great experience. We believe many cultural issues are often misdiagnosed as personal neuroses. Addressing them in community provides a reality check that can separate the cultural dysfunction from our own and normalize our tendency to blame ourselves when in fact the issue may be far more complex. Exploring these ideas from many perspectives helps us see how cultural dysfunctions impact us both individually and as a group.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE NARRATIVE METHOD?
* Practicing Narrative A.W.E. allows participants to connect and share their experiences without having to worry about being judged or criticized. For some, this is the first time they have felt seen and heard on their own terms.
* Practicing Narrative A.W.E. expands the awareness, wonder and empathy to listen empathically and imagine another’s story through their lens, rather than our own projections.
* Practicing Narrative A.W.E. broadens our perspective and increases tolerance, helping us better understand others and discover new ways to see our own stories.
The benefits of storytelling are well documented in medical research. Storytelling increases empathy, normalizes feelings, expands perspectives, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and positively impacts the way we feel and behave. Feeling heard and known provides a sense of belonging and shared meaning that is essential to cognitive and emotional development.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE PROGRAMS?
The Narrative Method Workshop is offered to numerous organizations on a sliding scale, including non-profit organizations and their clients, universities, healthcare providers and other groups.
The Workshop for Veterans is offered through veteran’s organizations for men and women dealing with issues related to trauma and reintegration into society.
The Narrative Slam is for adolescents and young adults and is offered through schools and special programs on a sliding scale.
The Narrative Method for Bridge Alumni is an ongoing series provided free for alumni of the Bridge Program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Alums from all sites and every year are welcome.
The Narrative Salon can be a one-time or ongoing group experience for individuals, couples or private groups. Participants’ donations help cover the costs of Workshops and Slams.
Retreats can be a day or a week at learning centers, spas or other destinations. In town or out of the country. Retreats help cover the costs of Workshops.
Special Events for individuals and organizations in town or away. Events help cover the costs of Workshops.
IS THE NARRATIVE METHOD RIGHT FOR ME?
Although The Narrative Method is not psychotherapy, subjects that are potentially triggering may arise. Individuals must be psychologically stable in order to participate. If you are not open to change or are currently suffering from any form of mental health disorder or illness that may interfere with or impact your ability to participate in The Narrative Method, you should not attend. We reserve the right to make any such determinations.
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Workshops and Salons are presented in a safe and respectful atmosphere of congeniality
that is essential for personal reflection and growth. We respect all differences and diversities
of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country, culture, politics and religion.