The Healing Heart for Communities: Storytelling for Strong and Healthy Communities

The Healing Heart for Communities: Storytelling for Strong and Healthy Communities

by Allison M. Cox
     
 

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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

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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).

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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School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865714687
Publisher:
New Society Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Series:
Families Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
15 - 18 Years

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