The Healing Heart for Families: Storytelling to Encourage Caring and Healthy Families [NOOK Book]

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The Healing Heart provides powerful examples of the use of stories and storytelling in encouraging resiliency, empathy, respect, and healing. These engaging books contain stories, and narratives about the use of the stories in activities with different populations (children, teens, those with disabilities, seniors, inmates, etc.) or which address specific social or community problems (addictions, poverty, violence, racism, environmental degra-dation, homelessness, abuse).

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The Healing Heart for Families: Storytelling to Encourage Caring and Healthy Families

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Overview

The Healing Heart provides powerful examples of the use of stories and storytelling in encouraging resiliency, empathy, respect, and healing. These engaging books contain stories, and narratives about the use of the stories in activities with different populations (children, teens, those with disabilities, seniors, inmates, etc.) or which address specific social or community problems (addictions, poverty, violence, racism, environmental degra-dation, homelessness, abuse).

The books are a collective effort containing the expertise of more than 60 storytellers and health professionals who illustrate the power of story in moving others to commitment and action, in building self-esteem and mutual respect.

The Healing Heart ~ Families focuses on families, dealing specifically with healing through story, health promotion, disease prevention, early childhood intervention, children with medical problems, adopting families, schools, sexual identities, grief, and spiritual healing. The Healing Heart ~ Communities focuses on community-building, with sections on youth, violence prevention, poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse and addiction, racism, elders, culture, environmental protection, homelessness, and community development.

Allison Cox is a therapist and Prevention Specialist, in Tacoma, Washington, with 20 years experience as a professional storyteller, and is a founder of the Healing Story Alliance—part of the National Storytelling Network.

David Albert is a storyteller, writer, and Senior Planner and Policy Analyst with the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and a contributor to Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope (New Society, 2002).

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The National Storytelling Network's special-interest group, Healing Story Alliance, has become increasingly active and important because of the need to access resources for promoting wellness. This two-volume set of stories and accompanying explanations is an invaluable help for professional or nonprofessional tellers, social workers, clergy, mental-health experts, or community advocates. Those who lead groups, whether in organizations, schools, neighborhoods, churches, hospitals, group homes, or family homes, can incorporate the tales and notes in order to sow seeds of understanding, resolve conflicts, and promote peace within self, family, school, community, and the world. The books will serve tellers involved with people of all ages dealing with such widespread problems as grief, abandonment, violence inside and outside of the home, substance abuse, homelessness, teenage pregnancies, loneliness, nonacceptance by peers, hospital or treatment-facility stays, adoption, prejudice, sexual-identity issues, and so forth. These well-organized books share an extensive and excellent bibliography arranged by subject. The stories are original or retellings of traditional tales. Public libraries should have reference and circulating copies for all community social-service agencies; middle and high school media specialists should make teachers and guidance counselors aware of these books. The stories are not lectures, nor are they lessons. They work when they go from the heart of the teller to the heart of the listener, at the listener's own time and readiness. This set best fits the need for accessible and practical guidance materials, and tools for promoting healing.-Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550923155
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 562 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Healing Through Story 1
The Tale-Teller 3
Once upon a time, there was and there was not... 6
Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree 10
Entering in 13
Guidelines for healing work 15
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 19
The breath of life 20
The Three Little Pigs of Hog Holler Swamp 22
There is a balm in Gilead: Storytelling as a Healing Resource for African-American Women 26
Yonjwa Seeks a Bride 31
A story of a strong woman 34
Kimo's Heart 35
Share stories, pass it on: Women's health promotion through storytelling 40
Losing and Getting 44
I Don't Want to Talk About It! 49
Children with Medical Problems Reclaim Their Lives 55
Digital storytelling with band-aides and blackboards: When chronic illness--or some other medical problem--goes to school 56
Sally Goes to School 58
Kinka: A Story About the Birth of a Very Special Tortoise 66
Binding the unraveled sleeve: Story and music come to oncology camp 68
Nobody's Good for Nothin' 70
Stories in the Hospital and Beyond 75
I Want to Tell You a Story 76
The Search for the Magic Lake 79
Some successful stories and story interactions 82
The medicine of the heart 85
Coping with Grief 91
Storytelling and bereavement 92
Outwitting Death 95
Infinite Resource and Sagacity 98
Writing David's Story 101
Honoring a Life Through Sharing Stories 103
Spiritual Healing 107
Buried Treasure: Sacred tales and healing 108
Story wrestling: Healing through telling Hasidic stories 116
Rabbi Gershon's Dream 117
Teach Your Children Well 125
Storytelling and resiliency: Why children need stories 126
The Gift of Good Advice 129
The Magic Brush 134
Stories as tools for coping 137
Early Childhood Interventions--The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program 141
The heart of Mother Goose: Lullabies, lap-rhymes and stories 142
The parent-child Mother Goose Program 143
The stories in the rhymes 147
Oral literacy: Learning while listening 149
Miriam's Story 151
Stories Go to School 153
The Odyssey Project: Adolescent pregnancy prevention through storytelling 154
Cucarachita 161
Listening is the other half of telling: Teaching students with story 164
Adopting Families 169
Family trees 170
The Tree of Creation 174
The Pincoya's Daughter 178
Traditional stories that address adoption issues 181
Exploring Alternative Sexual Identities 183
Bi-anonymous 184
The Tackety Boots 186
Dismantling discrimination, one story at a time 188
The Best of Both Worlds 190
Deconstructing Prejudice and Developing Empathy 195
Kofi's Hat 196
Compassionate action through storytelling 197
Kanu Above and Kanu Below 199
Speaking from the heart: Empathic rapport and the role of the oral tradition in moral development 204
Bibliography 209
Author biographies and contact information 229
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