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Therapeutic Writing & Narrative Medicine Workshop

A 2-day workshop on how creating written and visual narratives can help therapists working with people who are living with physical and mental illness, and how narrative can be used as a reflective practice by therapists and practitioners.


Dates: October 19 & November 16, 2012


Faculty: Allison Crawford, MD, Julie Hann, OT, Rex Kay, MD and Allan Peterkin, MD


We are the stories we tell.  A growing body of literature shows that writing and talking about personal stories can help patients living with chronic physical and mentall ilnesses.  Mount Sinai Hospital has been at the forefront of developing the theory and application of Narrative Competence Therapy. 

This seminar will incorporate theoretical, practical and experiential components to explore the use of narrative-based therapy and therapeutic writing in everyday treatment.  The seminar has been expanded to allow for the exploration of visual narratives, and to allow participants to deepen their skills over two sessions, with self-guided assignments between sessions.


What You Will Learn

At the conclusion of this two-day course, participants will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the therapeutic value of incorporating narrative into healthcare
  • Use narrative competency techniques with individuals and groups in clinical practice
  • Become better attuned to narrative aspects of experience that emerge in all therapeutic work
  • Improve understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of narrative competency therapy, and gain exposure to key techniques involved in using therapeutic writing
  • Consider the importance of visual aspects of narrative
  • Learn through the process of your own narrative practice; deepen this practice over the two days of the course


 Fee: $395


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