A Course on "Using a 'Storytelling Therapy' Method for Life Coaching, Counselling, and Therapy."
Note from the course instructor, Dr Eric Miller, in March 2021:
For the past few years, I have given this training to groups of people. These days, however, I am feeling a calling to work one-on-one with people.
Thus, the group training this March-May
(11 two-hour sessions) is cancelled, and
is being replaced by one-on-one trainings:
8 weekly one-hour sessions, on days
and at times to be arranged,
The content for the one-on-one training
is the same as for the group training.
The Storytelling Therapy method taught in
this Course could be applied to Psychological Counselling, Healing, Life Coaching, Facilitating Personality Development, and Giving Training in Soft Skills, Life Skills, and Communication Skills.
No previous training is required.
Feedback about the Course from a
participant is here.
A Poster about the Course is here.
The Course sessions would occur via
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, would receive training in, and (to a mild degree) would undergo, Storytelling Therapy methods.
Additional Course Info
This article (written primarily by Dr Eric)
might especially be of interest:
", Indian Express,
19 Nov 2019.
The Storytelling Therapy method I am helping
to develop, and am practising and teaching,
has 8 steps:
1) Tell one's "Life story" (perhaps a ten-minute version).
2) Listeners share similar experiences.
3) Identify turning points, outstanding motifs, and themes.
4) Gather "Associative stories" (using free association).
5) Add to and otherwise modify any of the above-mentioned stories.
6) Speak to and as characters in the stories.
7) Bring to mind metaphors for aspects of the stories.
8) Compose a "Healing story" (An Inspiring / Encouraging /
Guiding / Integrating / Transforming story.)
As part of
> 6) Speak to and as characters in the stories,
we would use the Active Imagination technique
that was first developed by Carl Jung,
The 8 steps in more detail are here.
This 8-step method is based on
Links to Course readings are here.
(Most of these readings are optional.)
Links to 12 writings by Dr Eric relating to
Storytelling Therapy are here.
Links to recordings of 19 videoconferences Dr Eric has co-facilitated are here.
"Ways Storytellers are Using Audio- and Videoconferencing for Training, Discussion, and Performance" is a 12-page section of Storytelling Magazine that Dr Eric recently guest-edited.
Course topics include
Storytelling for Coaching, Training, and Counselling: Introduction, Overview, and Social-historical Context.
Storytelling: Psychological and Social Aspects of the Storytelling Process.
Storytelling: Elements, Structures, and Types of Stories.
Therapy: Psycho-analysis and other Methods of Therapy, Counselling, and Healing
Storytelling Therapy in relation to the other Creative Arts Therapies.
Storytelling for Developing Soft Skills, and for Personality Development.
Ways of Moving (Posture, Gesture, Rhythmic Movement, Dance) in Storytelling Therapy.
Ways of Speaking (Melodic Speech, Rhythmic Speech, Song) in Storytelling Therapy.
Drawing in Storytelling Therapy.
The Course would concern ways stories and storytelling could be used for
1) for Therapeutic purposes (overcoming trauma, etc), and/or
2) for Personality Development purposes: becoming increasingly aware of -- and modifying -- one's personality, behavior, and identity.
In either case, this would involve exploration of and connection with self, others, and the universe, ideally leading to inner transformations, and to the fulfilling of one’s potential (self-actualisation) in various areas of one’s life.
A variety of types of stories would be used, including Animal Fables; Fairytales; episodes of Epics; Stories from participants' favorite Movies, Plays, and Novels; Historical Stories; and Personal-experience Stories.
The Course would teach ways that working with Epics, Fairytales, and other traditional stories could help one to
recognise the power of archetypal elements outside and inside oneself, and then put one’s personal experiences into a larger perspective. Understanding the functioning of archetypal characters and situations within oneself is a way of synchronising the beating of one’s own heart with the rhythm of the cosmos.
June Singer. Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung's Psychology. Garden City, NY, Doubleday. 1972. pp. 127-8.
The course would teach ways of "Living Mythically" -- partly in the ordinary everyday level of existence, and partly in realms of the Divine and the Imagination.
Included would be Storytelling for Developing Soft Skills such as,
1) Problem Solving.
2) Being a Good Team Member.
3) Being Self-Assertive, but not Aggressive.
4) Creative Thinking.
5) Time Management.
6) Self Motivation.
7) Delegating Responsibility.
8) Conflict Management / Conflict Resolution.
9) Anger Management.
10) Communication – oral speaking capability, writing, presenting, listening.
11) Courtesy – being polite, gracious, and respectful, saying "Please", "Thank you", "You are welcome", etc.
12) Flexible – adaptable, willing to change and adjust, lifelong learner.
13) Integrity – honest, ethical, does what’s right.
14) Interpersonal Skills – friendly, nurturing, empathetic, has self-control, patience, sense of humor.
15) Positive attitude – optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging.
16) Professional – businesslike, good self-presentation, poised.
17) Responsible – reliable, resourceful, self-disciplined, conscientious.
18) Teamwork – cooperative, supportive, helpful, collaborative.
19) Work Ethic – hard working, loyal, self-motivated, being on time, good attendance.
20) Winning and Keeping the Respect of Co-workers, Superiors, Supervisees, Business Associates, and Customers (Customer Relations) by being Personally Dependable, Accountable, and Trustworthy.
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 a MSc in Psychology (University of Madras). He has completed a one-year Certificate Course in Psychological Counselling, conducted by the Chennai Counsellors Foundation.
Dr Eric is on staff as Psychological Counsellor at Apollo Hospitals (Apollo Clinic, T Nagar, Chennai),
https://askapollo.com/doctors/psychologist/chennai/dr-eric-miller . He also sees clients directly, via Zoom and in the roof-top garden at his office in Mylapore, Chennai. In this work, he utilises methods of Storytelling Therapy.
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.
Links to 82 of Dr Eric's writings -- mostly under the headings, "Tamil Nadu", "Storytelling", "Storytelling Therapy", and "Videoconferencing" -- can be found at his personal website, www.storytellingandvideoconferencing.com .
Links to 19 writings by Dr Eric relating to
Storytelling are here.
Links to 91 newspaper and magazine articles referring to Dr Eric's work are here.
Links to Dr Eric's notes on "Storytelling Workshops for People in the Business World" are here.
Links to his writings relating to Videoconferencing are here.
Info about Dr Eric's trainings via Videoconference -- including links to 2 newspaper articles on this topic -- is here.
Participants would receive Certificates of Training.
Participants who are enrolled in College/University degree programs could seek to receive credit for attending this Course (perhaps as an Independent Study).
12,000 Indian rupees.
160 USA dollars.
For Additional Info, and to Register
Please contact the Course Instructor,
Dr Eric Miller
(PhD in Folklore, MSc in Psychology)
(Chennai) 98403 94282,