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

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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 Communities: Storytelling for Strong and Healthy Communities

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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: 9780865714687
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Series: Families Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 15 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Stories 'R' Us 1
New Beginnings 3
The Goats Know the Way 6
Seven lessons 12
Youth on the Edge 21
Not angels--just champions 22
Leonna, The Ugly Girl 26
Sharing stories at Compass House: Offering direction for runaway and homeless teens 29
Bleeding Heart 31
The Girl Who Crunched Bones 33
How Old Woman Kytna Brought Her Daughter Home: A Koryak Story from Kamchatka Peninsula 35
Tell down the walls 38
Violence Prevention and Intervention 45
The Dragon's Tear 46
Connecting jewels 48
The Net of Indra 50
Taking off Superman 51
The Raccoon 53
The Golden Phoenix 56
Working with "The Golden Phoenix" 59
Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention 63
In search of happily ever after 64
The Stolen Skin 66
The Lady of the Lake Waters 71
The Princess and the Pigeon 73
The Little Boy Who Couldn't Sit Still 77
Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention 83
Communicating with heart 84
The White Wolf 86
Embracing the Shadow: Dancing with Dashkayab 89
Using stories in addiction treatment 93
The Coat 97
Snake's Jive 101
Looking for a Home 105
Homelessness tales for holidays 106
Another Chanukah Story 107
Joseph's Annunciation 108
Paul: A Christmas Story for People of all Faiths 112
The Wolf's Eyelashes 113
Elder Tales 117
Our stories tell us who we are 118
To Everything There is a Season 123
Stories live at Neighborhood House 124
Stone Soup 128
Baskets full of memories: Rediscovering personal archives of story 131
Preserving Our Culture and Community: Sharing Our Stories 137
Games to teach interviewing 138
The Wickenburg Way: A storytelling history play unites a community 141
On the trail of Judge Rabbit: Sharing tales of Cambodian refugees 146
Tiger and Judge Rabbit 150
Growing Up In East Los Angeles: An Immigrant Story 152
Tales from the heart and spirit 155
Tapahteyimowin: Humility 159
Beghqnuwetq HHeo Bets'edie: Love and Support 160
Edenil[characters not reproducible]a: Self-Reliance 161
Nehiyawin: The Cree Way 163
Protecting Our Environment 167
Storytelling nature: Story speaking and listening in the information age 168
Gaura Devi Saves the Trees 172
Hugging trees: The story behind the story, and beyond 174
Storytelling to speak for the heart of a place 180
Magpie 182
Community Development in Our Neighborhoods and Across the Miles 189
The Learning Center 190
Sun and Rain 195
Jack Fury and friends 197
Storytelling on the path to healing in Northern Ireland 199
A Wee Lift 203
The Two Warriors 204
Pass It On! 205
The Endangered Stories Act in action 206
The Endangered Stories Act 207
Bibliography 209
Author Biographies and Contact Information 229
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