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The healing heart--families : storytelling to encourage caring and healthy families
Albert, David H.
Publication Information:
Gabriola, B.C. : New Society Publishers, [2003]

Physical Description:
xvi, 237 pages ; 23 cm

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GR72.3 .H422 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book 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 degradation, homelessness, abuse). The books are a collective effort containing the expertise of over 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. Included are folk tales, personal stories, articles, exercises, games, songs, and quotations, together with resource lists of stories, books and community agencies focused on similar themes. Essays include information on why storytelling works, approaches for sharing stories in various settings, how to encourage others to tell stories (involving the audience and creating a safe environment for others to storytell), and how to process the story through song, art, games, improvisational story plays, community projects, and discussion.

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School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Nancy MellonLeslie SlapeAllison M. CoxJan AndrewsJan AndrewsCristy WestAllison M. CoxAllison M. CoxJoAnne Banks WallaceMargaret Read McDonaldDebra Harris-BranhamRandy LandenbergerAllison M. CoxNancy DuncanTom FarleyJoan FleitasJoan FleitasDeborah RobinsTom McDermotTom McDermotMichale GabrielCristy WestCristy WestLaura SimmsGail RosenGail RosenDiane RooksDiane RooksAllison M. CoxElisa PearmainDoug LipmanDoug LipmanLinda FredericksLinda FredericksRose OwensRose OwenAllison M. CoxCelia Barker LottridgeSandra Carpenter-DavisMerle HarrisMerle HarrisAllison M. CoxMaureen PedoneKevin CordiRenee Diaz de Leon HarveyRenee Diaz de Leon HarveyCelia Barker LottridgeNancy SchimmelMelanie RayHazel LennoxRico RodriquezRico RodriguezSusan O'HalloranSusan O'HalloranMargaret Read MacDonaldPaul Nelson
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Healing Through Storyp. 1
The Tale-Tellerp. 3
Once upon a time, there was and there was not...p. 6
Gold-Tree and Silver-Treep. 10
Entering inp. 13
Guidelines for healing workp. 15
Health Promotion and Disease Preventionp. 19
The breath of lifep. 20
The Three Little Pigs of Hog Holler Swampp. 22
There is a balm in Gilead: Storytelling as a Healing Resource for African-American Womenp. 26
Yonjwa Seeks a Bridep. 31
A story of a strong womanp. 34
Kimo's Heartp. 35
Share stories, pass it on: Women's health promotion through storytellingp. 40
Losing and Gettingp. 44
I Don't Want to Talk About It!p. 49
Children with Medical Problems Reclaim Their Livesp. 55
Digital storytelling with band-aides and blackboards: When chronic illness--or some other medical problem--goes to schoolp. 56
Sally Goes to Schoolp. 58
Kinka: A Story About the Birth of a Very Special Tortoisep. 66
Binding the unraveled sleeve: Story and music come to oncology campp. 68
Nobody's Good for Nothin'p. 70
Stories in the Hospital and Beyondp. 75
I Want to Tell You a Storyp. 76
The Search for the Magic Lakep. 79
Some successful stories and story interactionsp. 82
The medicine of the heartp. 85
Coping with Griefp. 91
Storytelling and bereavementp. 92
Outwitting Deathp. 95
Infinite Resource and Sagacityp. 98
Writing David's Storyp. 101
Honoring a Life Through Sharing Storiesp. 103
Spiritual Healingp. 107
Buried Treasure: Sacred tales and healingp. 108
Story wrestling: Healing through telling Hasidic storiesp. 116
Rabbi Gershon's Dreamp. 117
Teach Your Children Wellp. 125
Storytelling and resiliency: Why children need storiesp. 126
The Gift of Good Advicep. 129
The Magic Brushp. 134
Stories as tools for copingp. 137
Early Childhood Interventions--The Parent-Child Mother Goose Programp. 141
The heart of Mother Goose: Lullabies, lap-rhymes and storiesp. 142
The parent-child Mother Goose Programp. 143
The stories in the rhymesp. 147
Oral literacy: Learning while listeningp. 149
Miriam's Storyp. 151
Stories Go to Schoolp. 153
The Odyssey Project: Adolescent pregnancy prevention through storytellingp. 154
Cucarachitap. 161
Listening is the other half of telling: Teaching students with storyp. 164
Adopting Familiesp. 169
Family treesp. 170
The Tree of Creationp. 174
The Pincoya's Daughterp. 178
Traditional stories that address adoption issuesp. 181
Exploring Alternative Sexual Identitiesp. 183
Bi-anonymousp. 184
The Tackety Bootsp. 186
Dismantling discrimination, one story at a timep. 188
The Best of Both Worldsp. 190
Deconstructing Prejudice and Developing Empathyp. 195
Kofi's Hatp. 196
Compassionate action through storytellingp. 197
Kanu Above and Kanu Belowp. 199
Speaking from the heart: Empathic rapport and the role of the oral tradition in moral developmentp. 204
Bibliographyp. 209
Author biographies and contact informationp. 229