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MARCH 18-19, 2016 in BOSTON, MA


Introduction to theory, methods, tools, and applications of narrative practice

Participants will study with professionals from diverse fields, disciplines, and backgrounds, and will receive practical training that can be incorporated into their lives and careers

The tools and methods of narrative practice improve communication, breaks down silos and builds teams, and provide a means for improved well-being

Continuing education credit for physicians and social workers

Workshop tuition can be applied to the low residency certificate program

$650 tuition includes breakfast, lunch and snacks
($500 for MMS and NASW members)
($250 for students)

Workshop Location: 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111




The workshop is designed for professionals in:

Arts Administration
Collective Trauma
Community Organizing
Creative Arts
Critical Studies
Human Rights
Mental Health
Narrative Medicine
Oral History
Race Studies
Social Justice
Social Policy
Social Work
Substance Abuse
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MARCH 18, 2016
8:30a - 9:00a Registration and Breakfast
9:00a - 9:30a Welcome and Overview
9:30a - 11:00a (RM) Seminar: Narrative Turn (Maura Spiegel, Ph.D)
11:15a - 12:15p (RM) Exercise: Close Reading (Faculty)
12:15p - 1:15p Lunch
1:15p - 3:15p Writing Workshop 1 (Vivian Heller, Ph.D)
3:30p - 5:00p Seminar: Cartoons and Representation (Benjamin Schwartz, M.D.)
5:00p - 6:00p Reception
MARCH 19, 2016
9:00a - 9:30a Breakfast
9:30a - 11:00a (RM) Seminar: Narrative Ethics (Craig Irvine, Ph.D)
11:15a - 12:15p (RM) Exercise: Narrative Ethics (Faculty)
12:15p - 1:15p Lunch
1:15p - 3:15p Writing Workshop 2 (Vivian Heller, Ph.D)
3:30p - 5:00p (RM) Seminar: Trauma Studies (Jack Saul, Ph.D)
5:00p - 5:30p Wrap-Up

Schedule subject to change


Vivian Heller, Ph.D - Author and Educator, Bard College
[Joyce, Decadence, and Emancipation; The City Beneath Us]

Craig Irvine, Ph.D - Philosopher and Educator, Columbia University
[The Other Side of Silence: Levinas, Medicine, and Literature]

Jack Saul, Ph.D - Director, International Trauma Studies Program
[Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster]

Benjamin Schwartz, M.D. - Staff Cartoonist, New Yorker Magazine
[Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons]

Maura Spiegel, Ph.D - Literature and Film Scholar, Columbia University
[Co-founder of the Program in Narrative Medicine]


What is a Story
Context | Complexity | Creativity

What Stories Can Do
Social Analysis and Activism | Conflict Resolution | Eliciting Stories from the Margins
Narrative Ethics | Promote Engagement | DeStigmatization | Active Listening | Self Care

What I Can Do with Stories
Human Rights | Individual and Collective Trauma Work | Disability Studies | Social Work
Law | Chaplaincy | Creative Representation | Narrative Medicine | Research


The team behind the Center is at the forefront of developing methods to understand, research, and teach narrative and creativity. At the core of these methods is the practice of creativity and use of the imagination; the study and creation of literary work, film, theater, graphic novels, and other arts are fundamental threads in all of the tools we have developed, and the application of creativity is common throughout our methods.

Close Reading
The act of reading something carefully--whether a poem, novel, short story, memoir or a painting, sonata, play--and attending to all aspects of its dimensionality (form, voice, temporality, diction, movement, space, etc.) teaches us to pay closer attention to all aspects of our world, and reveals the ways that attentive looking and listening can engage the complexity of human expression.

Reflective and Creative Writing
This is writing with an eye toward discovery of new meanings and new forms; writing as a tool for expansion of the mind and spirit, and discovery of un-covered aspects of self and connections to colleagues. We will provide training through the discussion of writing in the language of text and constructive criticism.

Critical Theory

Narrative is our primary device for making sense of social action. "The Narrative Turn" in critical thinking takes as its starting point the fact that individuals, institutions, nations and cultures construct their identities by locating themselves within plotted stories. What's more, drawing forth and attending to stories that have no place among the repertoire of "legitimate" narratives--those of the vulnerable or silenced--require narrative skill.

Narrative Intervention
In a situation where people are struggling due to perceived ownership of certain deeply held beliefs or concepts related to work environments, the use of narrative, stories that no one "owns," can allow new elements to be seen and persons to re-connect and loosen their grip on whatever issues are affecting them.


Continuing Medical Education Credit for Physicians

This program is designed for physicians, health care professionals, and educators who are interested in developing effective communication strategies that can improve clinical practice, health care teams, and reflective habits. This group includes doctors, nurses, public health professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, chaplains, administrators, and scholars.

Learning Objectives
After participating in this activity, you should be able to:
1. Develop effective communication strategies with patients, families, clinical team members, and health care professionals.
2. Develop attentive, ethical listening skills to foster empathy in physician-patient relationships.
3. Develop strategies for a narrative-based approach to fostering successful health care teams.
4. Demonstrate a capacity for the use of narrative practice as a means for personal enrichment and improved well-being.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the Joint Providership of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Center for Narrative Practice. The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

$500 for Mass Medical Society Members
$650 for Non-MMS Members

Continuing Education Credit for Social Workers

This program has been approved for 12 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D71831.

$500 for NASW members

Workshop Location
Boston Non Profit Center
89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111

Travel Services
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hotels (within one mile)
Boston Park Plaza
Harborside Inn
Doubletree Downtown
Aloft Boston Seaport
Club Quarters
Marriott Courtyard Downtown
The Boxer Boston Hotel

40 Berkeley
HI - Boston Hostel

Alternate Accomodations
9 Flats



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