Peace Words organize in collaboration with other institutions or organizations of different type, the Therapeutic Storytelling Distance Learning Course.
Therapeutic Storytelling over time has proven, through our projects, to be an effective tool as well as affordable for everyone. Following the publication of the text Therapeutic Storytelling Authentic communication as a tool for the rediscovery of the self as part of a we, by Aglaya Jimenez Turati, in which we shared constructive and profound experiences of therapeutic storytelling in different contexts, we decided to follow up this initiative by creating online training courses through which we can spread the importance of the use of storytelling as a tool for social transformation.
In fact, what happens through this practice is to re-educate ourselves to emotional communication, which has proven to be a relational bridge that promotes harmony and reduces or eliminates conflicts that arise from various factors such as misunderstandings, but also socio-economic, cultural, personal factors and the increasingly absent ability to accept our emotions and those of others, based on the filters of our imagination that increasingly separate rather than unite. Considering different contexts, the reference text exposes the usefulness even at a macro level the depth with which this tool creates the basis for authentic communication, both in conditions of negative peace, and in conditions of conflict or post-conflict.
Since the basic idea is linked to a collective conception of ourselves as human beings, the idea was born to create a space to work both on this practice and to connect those who will then be qualified to organize Therapeutic Storytelling workshops.
- To train Facilitators able to:
1.1. Promote emotional communication as a privileged form of interaction to foster social harmony and positive peace;
1.2. Promote collective empowerment in both an individual and community perspective, fostering social inclusion, integration and the concept of community;
1.3. Stimulate the process of conscientization in people who will have access to the community directly or indirectly, stimulating awareness of various phenomena that affect different societies;
1.4. To help, through Therapeutic Storytelling, the creation of a context of trust and a different perception of the group, in which participants find support and rework the importance of the idea of community.
- Foster in course participants an understanding of emotions and their role within the communicative relationship, thus allowing them to identify and overcome obstacles to authentic and emotional communication.
- Train authentic and emotional communication through a theoretical-experiential path and its use in interdependent relationships with others.
- To lead each participant to a deep reflection on the importance of enhancing relational interdependence through dialogue.
Methodology and implementation
Peace Words organizes the training courses that can be in collaboration with other realities, both institutional and associative, subject to prior signed agreement with them. The number of people for each course is 10. The course lasts 10 meetings of two hours each interactive and experiential. There will be an online sharing space for all members who will automatically become part of the community where to tell their experience and share opinions and emotions related to the same confronting.
The distinctive features of the project are:
- A virtual or face-to-face meeting space in which to approach Therapeutic Storytelling, associated with direct training and the experience of participating in a workshop;
- Learning the theory of reference;
- Re-education in authentic and conscientizing communication based on storytelling and listening skills;
- Direct and experiential training on three themes decided during the course, also through the simulations of Therapeutic Storytelling workshops;
- Follow up.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Written test administered prior to and following course participation;
- Final work by the participants to be delivered within three months after the end of the course, which can be a Therapeutic Storytelling project, done either individually or in a group, or a video of the maximum duration of 20 minutes, of which the script must necessarily be delivered first and which can be an interview or a case analysis
- Final report by the trainer.
The costs of each training course are communicated in advance by email and each association or participating entity will need to fundraise or collect the amount directly from the participants and must pay it before the start of the course.