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ERIC Number: EJ798390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Storytelling as Therapy: The Motives of a Counselor
Land, Ken
Business Communication Quarterly, v70 n3 p377-381 2007
Storytelling is considered an ancient cultural practice whereby storytellers bring events to life through some combination of words, sounds, and images. Stories are typically used to teach, such as in an educational or religious setting, and to entertain. Children often grow up hearing stories about their family history from their parents and relatives. The value of a story told to affect change in a listener correlates to the benefit the listener derives from the story--the greater the benefit to the listener in the direction of desired therapeutic change, the greater the value. When using stories, the therapist should have a therapeutic intent and should be able to reference this intent at anytime. In this article, the author shares stories that are sometimes used in his therapy sessions and presents a list of different therapeutic motives a therapist may have in telling a story.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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