Course Title

Storytelling Therapy.


The Course Poster is here.


Course Description

Storytelling Therapy is one of the Creative Arts Therapies (also known as, the Expressive Therapies).  Storytelling Therapy involves working with stories that relate to clients' experiences.  Course participants would learn about, and would receive training in, Storytelling Therapy methods.  In addition to Psychological Counselling, these methods can be used for Coaching, Personality Development, and Life Skills Training. 


Course Pre-requisites

No previous study or training is required.


Course Details

Course sessions would occur via Videoconference (using Zoom).  Participants would receive Certificates of Participation.  Participants who are enrolled in College/University degree programs could seek to receive credit for attending this Course (perhaps as an Independent Study). 



Fall Semester (Sept-Dec).

Spring Semester (Jan-April).


Course Schedule (Spring Semester, 2018)

13 weekly sessions. 

Wednesdays, 6:30pm to 8pm (India time).


1)  Wed 17 Jan 2018

Storytelling Therapy: Introduction, Overview, and Social-historical Context.


2)  Wed 24 Jan  

Storytelling: Psychological and Social Aspects of the Storytelling Process.


3)  Wed 31 Jan   

Storytelling: Elements, Structures, and Types of Stories.


4)  Wed 7 Feb 

Therapy: Psycho-analysis.


5)  Wed 14 Feb

Therapy: Other methods of Therapy, Counselling, and Healing.


6)  Wed 21 Feb

Storytelling Therapy in relation to the other Creative Arts Therapies.


7)  Wed 28 Feb

Ways of Speaking (Melodic Speech, Rhythmic Speech, Song) in Storytelling Therapy.


8)  Wed 7 March

Ways of Moving (Posture, Gesture, Rhythmic Movement, Dance) in Storytelling Therapy.


9)  Wed 14 March

Drawing in Storytelling Therapy. 


10)  Wed 21 March

An Inspiration for Storytelling Therapy: Telling Grandmother Stories to give Comfort and Guidance.


11)  Wed 28 March

An Inspiration for Storytelling Therapy: Shamanism.


12)  Wed 4 April

Student Presentations.


13)  Wed 11 April

Student Presentations.


Course fee

20,000 Indian Rupees. 

312 USA Dollars.


Course Assignments

There would be light reading assignments (all readings would be provided online).

There would be two assignments:

1) Each participant would formulate a question relating to Storytelling Therapy, and would give a presentation (both written and oral) to answer this question.

2) Participants would apply (in at least 3 sessions with individuals or groups) methods taught in the Workshop.  Participants would give presentations (both written and oral) about their experiences of these sessions.  Note:  Participants who might have earned a Masters degree in Psychology or Social Work could think of this as utilising methods of Storytelling Therapy: others could think of this as practising Storytelling for Coaching, Personality Development, Life Skills Training, and/or Healing.


Course Instructor

Dr Eric Miller has taught at 6 Colleges/Universities -- 3 in New York City, his hometown (New York University; Fordham University; and St John's University); and 3 in Chennai, his adopted home (University of Madras; Indian Institute of Technology - Madras; and the Image College of Animation, Arts, and Technology).


At these Colleges/Universities, he has taught 15 courses, including: Writing Essays, Writing about Literature, Creative Writing, Writing for Animated Movies and Video Games, The Folktale, The Modern Short Story, History of USA Drama, Public Speaking, and Storytelling.


Dr Eric has earned a PhD in Folklore (University of Pennsylvania, 2010), and is a MSc Candidate in Psychology (University of Madras).  He has completed a one-year Certificate Course in Psychological Counselling, conducted by the Chennai Counsellors Foundation.


In 2007, Dr Eric and others founded the World Storytelling Institute, which he directs.  One project of the WSI is the Chennai Storytelling Festival: the 6th annual edition of this Festival is scheduled to occur at Loyola College in Feb 2018.  Dr Eric is also the Assistant Director of the East West Center for Counselling and Training, and is a Co-founder and Co-facilitator of the Indian Storytelling Network.  Dr Eric's CV is here, and his Life Narrative is here.


Links to 66 newspaper and magazine articles referring to Dr Eric's work are here.


Links to approx 65 of Dr Eric's writings -- mostly under the headings, "Tamil Nadu", "Storytelling", "Storytelling Therapy", and "Videoconferencing" -- can be found at his personal website, . 


Links to his writings relating to Storytelling Therapy (including Fairytale Therapy) are here.


Links to his writings relating to Videoconferencing are here -- including a 12-page section that he guest-edited on "Ways Storytellers are Using Audio- and Videoconferencing", in the Summer 2017 issue of Storytelling Magazine (a publication of the USA's National Storytelling Network). 


Links to recordings of 14 videoconferences he has co-facilitated are here.


General info about Dr Eric's trainings via Videoconference -- including links to 2 newspaper articles on this topic -- is here.


For Additional Info, and to Register

Please contact the Course Instructor, Dr Eric Miller (Chennai), at +91 98403 94282, . 

A preliminary step would be to schedule a test Videoconference.




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