Sharing Your Wellness/Recovery Story

Session Details

Event Date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 9:00am to Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:00pm
Community Counseling Center
2201 E. State St.
Hermitage, PA 16148
United States
Registration Fee: 

On May 19 and 20, the Copeland Center will hold its first Storytelling Training with advanced level WRAP Facilitator Gina Calhoun and Dr. Scott Heller.

We know that stories are important for educating and motivating children. Research also indicates that they are just as important for educating and motivating adults.

Stanford University sociologists Joanne Martin and Melanie Powers studied the impact of stories on MBA students, an often numbers-driven, highly competitive group.  Martin and Powers compared four methods of persuading the students that a particular company practiced a policy of targeted staff retention.  

In one situation, Martin and Powers used a story to persuade people.  In the second, they presented statistical data only.  In the third, they used statistics and the story.  In the fourth, they used a straightforward policy statement made by the company executives.  The students in the group that were given only the story believed the claim about the policy more than any of the other groups and remembered the claim better several months later.

This 2-day workshop is designed for anyone who has a story to share and will focus on the benefits of storytelling, as well as provide a step-by-step guide for writing and presentation in a way that educates, inspires and motivates. It will also enhance the incorporation of stories into public speaking forums.

Learning Objectives

This presentation will:
1.    Examine the benefits of storytelling for both the teller and listeners of the story.  
2.    Demonstrate how statistically people remember stories better than raw data.
3.    Explore a step-by-step process for writing your wellness/recovery story in a way that educates, connects, and inspires.
4.    Practice skills in sensory language as well as sharing a 10-minute story.

Certified Peer Specialists will receive 16 continuing education hours.