Oral Storytelling

and its transformative power

You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift.

Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Deeper Connection

  • Deeper Connection

    Why

    • "The power of story-listening to alter consciousness in pleasant ways increases its usefulness as an intervention that is neither anxiety provoking nor re-traumatising" (Billington in Honos-Webb et al,, 2001)

    • Storytelling as a therapeutic intervention is an ancient medicine, and anecdotally has been pivotal in the achievement of positive outcomes for many therapists and informally confirmed by those who invite client into the transitional space and begin to tell a story (Billington, 2001).

  • Increasing Empathy 

    Why

    • "The power of story-listening to alter consciousness in pleasant ways increases its usefulness as an intervention that is neither anxiety provoking nor re-traumatising" (Billington in Honos-Webb et al,, 2001)

    • Storytelling as a therapeutic intervention is an ancient medicine, and anecdotally has been pivotal in the achievement of positive outcomes for many therapists and informally confirmed by those who invite client into the transitional space and begin to tell a story (Billington, 2001).

    • When a child listens to the unfolding drama of a story orally told, their aural attention is focused, creative imagination stirred as they follow the hero's ordeal, growth and transformation.

  • Increasing Empathy 

    How

    • "The power of story-listening to alter consciousness in pleasant ways increases its usefulness as an intervention that is neither anxiety provoking nor re-traumatising" (Billington in Honos-Webb et al,, 2001)

    • Storytelling as a therapeutic intervention is an ancient medicine, and anecdotally has been pivotal in the achievement of positive outcomes for many therapists and informally confirmed by those who invite client into the transitional space and begin to tell a story (Billington, 2001).

  • Excellent for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning delays

    Why

    • "The power of story-listening to alter consciousness in pleasant ways increases its usefulness as an intervention that is neither anxiety provoking nor re-traumatising" (Billington in Honos-Webb et al,, 2001)

    • Storytelling as a therapeutic intervention is an ancient medicine, and anecdotally has been pivotal in the achievement of positive outcomes for many therapists and informally confirmed by those who invite client into the transitional space and begin to tell a story (Billington, 2001).

    • When a child listens to the unfolding drama of a story orally told, their aural attention is focused, creative imagination stirred as they follow the hero's ordeal, growth and transformation.

    • The storyteller is tuned-in and speaks with the right speed and emphasis to suit the child's needs.

  • Movement

    Why

    • "The power of story-listening to alter consciousness in pleasant ways increases its usefulness as an intervention that is neither anxiety provoking nor re-traumatising" (Billington in Honos-Webb et al,, 2001)

    • Storytelling as a therapeutic intervention is an ancient medicine, and anecdotally has been pivotal in the achievement of positive outcomes for many therapists and informally confirmed by those who invite client into the transitional space and begin to tell a story (Billington, 2001).

  • Therapeutic Storytelling

    Why

    • "The power of story-listening to alter consciousness in pleasant ways increases its usefulness as an intervention that is neither anxiety provoking nor re-traumatising" (Billington in Honos-Webb et al,, 2001)

    • Storytelling as a therapeutic intervention is an ancient medicine, and anecdotally has been pivotal in the achievement of positive outcomes for many therapists and informally confirmed by those who invite client into the transitional space and begin to tell a story (Billington, 2001).

    • Several research studies support the effectiveness of storytelling as a way to heal trauma (Crawford et. al., 2004; Honos-Webb et. al., 2003). 

    •  Children enjoy the freedom of make-believe and "although a story enters the mind like a Trojan Horse, the child's imagination is far from passive"(Billington, 2016).

    • Story metaphors enable ideas to bypass the 'logical watchdog' of the conscious brain and are rarely resisted by the listener (Billington in Crawford et. al., 2004). 

  • Therapeutic Storytelling

    How

    • Several research studies support the effectiveness of storytelling as a way to heal trauma (Crawford et. al., 2004; Honos-Webb et. al., 2003). 

    •  Children enjoy the freedom of make-believe and most children respond well to stories that are suspenseful and even a little bit 'scary'.

 

References

Billington, K. (2016). Therapeutic Storytelling. Sydney Centre for Creative Change.

Crawford, R., Brown, B. & Crawford, P. (2004). Storytelling in Therapy. Cheltenham, U.K. Nelson Thornes Ltd.

Honos-Webb, L., Sunwolf, & Shapiro, J. (2001). Towards the re-enchantment of psychotherapy: The container model of storying in treatment. Humanistic Psychologist, 29, 70-97.

Parkinson, R. (2009). Transforming Tales: how stories can change people. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Honos-Webb, L., Sunwolf, & Shapiro, J. (2001). Towards the re-enchantment of psychotherapy: the container model of storying in treatment. Humanistic Psychologist, 29, 70-97. 

 

Gallery

WSD 2019
Introduction and Welcome
WSD 2019 AoC
Acknowledgement of Country with Tamia Manmurulu. Photo: www.anthonycheung.photography
WSD 2019 AoC
Acknowledgment of Country with Tamia Manmurulu. Photo: www.anthonycheung.photography
WSD 2019
World Storytelling Day 2019 Adult session: "Journey through the Tirolean myths". Photo: www.anthonycheung.photography
WSD 2019
World Storytelling Day Adult session performance, "Journey through the Tirolean myths". Photo: www.anthonycheung.photography
WSD 2019
Performing Austrian myth "Frau Hitt"
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WSD 2019
World Storytelling Day Library at the Docks
3yo Kinder incursion 2018
Sharing Austrian culture
SYD Story Conf 2018
Practicing story performance
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