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      November 14, 2019

      Thursday   8:30 AM

      1890 Randolph Avenue
      Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105

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      The Art of Healing Stories

      How can storytelling by people living with illness or trauma and their care providers support healing, patient empowerment, and care provider resilience? Learn about the research behind and process for Healing Story Sessions, a model developed by Health Story Collaborative. This in-depth workshop will prepare participants to coach health stories and facilitate story sessions in their own locations. Participants will receive a written manual to use in guiding their own story sessions.  *We define “illness” as any imbalance in the physical, psychological, or spiritual well-being, and “healing" as the process of moving toward balance and wholeness. We believe in the value of these stories as a celebration of hope, human resiliency and dignity. This workshop is for people, both individually and within healthcare organizations, who want to be trained to listen to and tell stories of illness and trauma in ways that are healing, using the Health Story Collaborative narrative themes. This may take the form of organized Healing Story Sessions, or in one-on-one encounters between patients, providers, family members and caregivers. We will give you the skills to listen to, and help yourself and others, tell healing stories in your own life, both personally and professionally. You will learn how to apply the objectives of a Healing Story Session in your own setting: Help story-sharers find a greater sense of coherence and meaning in the destabilizing experience of illness through the process of crafting a narrative Give story-sharers a chance to feel seen and heard, which is so often denied to them by the medical system Give audience members the opportunity to bear witness to suffering and resilience Foster a sense of shared humanity between patients, audience members, and providers Re-humanize and strengthen the patient-provider relationship Learn from and be inspired by one another: providers from patients, patients from providers, patients from patients, and community members from both patients and providers Workshop participants will receive materials to use in applying the model in your own setting, and options for ongoing collaboration and support from Health Story Collaborative.  When possible, teams of at least three people from an organization are encouraged to attend the workshop, to support application of the principles and process in your organization. The workshop will be a hands-on session, starting at 8:30am and ending at 12:30pm. It will be held at the Carondelet Center, at 1890 Randolph Avenue, in St. Paul, MN.  The workshop will be led by: Annie Brewster, MDHealth Story Collaborative Founder and Executive Director Annie Brewster is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a practicing Internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She is also a patient, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001.Like many doctors, she would say that what drew her to medicine is her love for human connection. Her experiences with the medical profession, however, both as a practitioner and as a patient, have convinced her that today’s medical system, focused more on efficiency and scientific mastery than on relationships, often overlooks what is most important: the stories of people’s lives. The result is many unhappy patients and many dissatisfied doctors.In 2010, motivated by her belief in the power of stories to improve health, Annie started recording patient narratives. Her finished audio stories have appeared on WBUR’s Commonhealth Blog, as a part of the “Listening to Patients” series. In doing this work, Annie has seen firsthand how the process of storytelling is itself therapeutic, both for the storytellers and the listeners. Research supports this claim. Health Story Collaborative grew out of this work. She is committed to keeping the patient voice alive in health care, and to harnessing the healing power of stories. Her work has been published on the WBUR Commonhealth Blog, NPR.ORG, the New York Times Well Blog, and in the Boston Globe and MS Focus magazine. She has been featured in Harvard Medicine magazine, and on the cable television program About Health with Jeanne Blake. She presented at TEDx Fenway 2014.Jonathan Adler, Ph.D.Health Story Collaborative Chief Academic OfficerJonathan Adler is a clinical psychologist and a professor at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.  He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Personality.  He received his Ph.D. in Clinical and Personality Psychology from Northwestern University.Jon’s research focuses on the relationships between identity development in adulthood and mental health.  Specifically, he’s interested in the way we make sense of the challenging experiences in our lives and the way that meaning-making impacts our sense of self and our psychological well-being. In this work, Jon uses personal narratives as a vehicle for studying meaning-making and identity development, typically using a mixed-methods approach. He has special interest in the experience of illness and healing as an example of these processes.Jon’s research has been covered by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American, Huffington Post, and Elle Magazine, among other media outlets.  At Health Story Collaborative, Jon works to ground our programs in the scientific research on narrative and mental health and works with Annie to develop and run the Healing Story Sessions program.

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