Storytelling Workshop - Sharing your Wellness Recovery Story

This course is about stories - sharing stories to inspire, inform, and motivate others toward hope and action. Your life journey is a gift, and how you share that gift through a story can make a difference.

Stories are a way of sharing values, ideas, and life lessons with individuals and communities. Intentional stories hold power. Research tells us that stories have an impact on how data and information are received.

This 5-session online or two-day in-person course will focus on the benefits of storytelling and provide a step-by-step guide for developing your wellness/recovery story to share verbally at conferences and events.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  1. Examine the benefits of personal stories.
  2. Explore key messages to promote wellness and recovery for individuals and systems.
  3. Develop a story intended to inspire, educate, and motivate.
  4. Practice skills in developing and sharing personal stories at conferences and events.

*Online Course is five sessions, using Zoom and Canvas as online learning and connection tools.

** In-person training is two full days.

Gina Calhoun writes: "As human beings we are wired to learn through stories.  I will give you an example.  As a baby boomer and a goal-oriented person, I choose to live life with gusto.  I recently started rock climbing.  My first inclination was to research all I needed to know to get to the top of the wall and ring the bell (reach the goal).  The article talked about how to use your legs more than your arms; the importance of wearing a harness; and the different kind of climbing holds.  I arrived at the gym for my first lesson with an 11-year old girl who shimmied up the wall like a monkey.  The wall towered over and above me, while all my research seemed to seep out of my brain.

I met the climbing guide, Mr. Dale.  He shared a story of the first time he climbed a wall.  In the story he guided our imaginations up the wall in front of us, using language to visually demonstrate where to place our hands and feet.  Through his delightful personal account he even taught us to fall and get back up again.  By the end, we were energized, inspired and educated enough to try.  And Mr. Dale became more than an expert, he became a relatable human being; evidence of what is possible.

We all have a story to share, what's your story?  And how can you weave your story in the work you do?  How can you use your story to inspire, connect and provide new possibilities?"