Course Title

Storytelling Therapy.


Course Schedule (Fall Semester, 2018)

12 weekly sessions. 

Wednesdays -- 19 Sept, to 5 Dec 2018.

6:30pm to 8pm, India time.

(The weekly schedule is below.)


Course Meeting Method

Course sessions would occur via Videoconference.  We would be using Zoom.  Zoom's wiki page is here.


Course Description

Storytelling Therapy is one of the Creative Arts Therapies (also known as, the Expressive Therapies).  Storytelling Therapy involves working with stories that relate to clients' experiences.  Course participants would learn about, would receive training in, and (to a mild degree) would undergo, Storytelling Therapy methods. 


In addition to Psychological Counselling and Healing, these methods can be used for

1) Training in Soft Skills, Life Skills, and Communication Skills;

2) Facilitating Personality Development (in oneself and others); and

3) Life Coaching.


The Course would concern ways stories and storytelling could be used for 1) overcoing trauma, and 2) becoming increasingly aware of -- and modifying -- one's personality, behavior, and identity.  This would involve exploration of and connection with self, others, and the universe, ideally leading to inner transformations, and to the fulfilling of one’s potential (self-actualisation) in various areas of one’s life.  


A variety of types of stories would be used, including Animal Fables; Fairytales; episodes of Epics; Stories from participants' favorite Movies, Plays, and Novels; Historical Stories; and Personal-experience Stories.


The Course would teach ways that working with Epics, Fairytales, and other traditional stories could help one to


recognise the power of archetypal elements outside and inside oneself, and then put one’s personal experiences into a larger perspective.  Understanding the functioning of archetypal characters and situations within oneself is a way of synchronising the beating of one’s own heart with the rhythm of the cosmos.

June Singer.  Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung's Psychology. Garden City, NY, Doubleday.  1972.  pp. 127-8.


Also included would be Storytelling for Developing Soft Skills such as,

1) Problem Solving.

2) Being a Good Team Member.

3) Being Self-Assertive, but not Aggressive.

4) Creative Thinking.

5) Time Management.

6) Self Motivation.

7) Delegating Responsibility.

8) Conflict Management / Conflict Resolution.

9) Anger Management.

10) Communication – oral speaking capability, writing, presenting, listening.

11) Courtesy – being polite, gracious, and respectful, saying "Please", "Thank you", "You are welcome", etc.

12) Flexible – adaptable, willing to change and adjust, lifelong learner.

13) Integrity – honest, ethical, does what’s right.

14) Interpersonal Skills – friendly, nurturing, empathetic, has self-control, patience, sense of humor.

15) Positive attitude – optimistic, enthusiastic, encouraging.

16) Professional – businesslike, good self-presentation, poised.

17) Responsible – reliable, resourceful, self-disciplined, conscientious.

18) Teamwork – cooperative, supportive, helpful, collaborative.

19) Work Ethic – hard working, loyal, self-motivated, being on time, good attendance.

20) Winning and Keeping the Respect of Co-workers, Superiors, Supervisees, Business Associates, and Customers (Customer Relations) by being Personally Dependable, Accountable, and Trustworthy.



Course Pre-requisites

No previous study or training is required.



Course Details

Participants would receive Certificates of Participation.  Participants who are enrolled in College/University degree programs could seek to receive credit for attending this Course (perhaps as an Independent Study). 




Fall Semester (Sept-Dec).

Spring Semester (Feb-May).



Course Schedule (Fall Semester, 2018)

12 weekly sessions. 

Wednesdays, 6:30pm to 8pm (India time).


1)  19 Sept 2018.

Storytelling Therapy: Introduction, Overview, and Social-historical Context.


2)  26 Sept.

Storytelling: Psychological and Social Aspects of the Storytelling Process.


3)  3 Oct.

Storytelling: Elements, Structures, and Types of Stories.


4)  10 Oct.

Therapy: Psycho-analysis and other Methods of Therapy, Counselling, and Healing


5)  17 Oct.

Storytelling Therapy in relation to the other Creative Arts Therapies.


6)  24 Oct.

Storytelling for Developing Soft Skills, and for Personality Development.


7)  31 Oct.

Ways of Moving (Posture, Gesture, Rhythmic Movement, Dance) in Storytelling Therapy.  


8)  7 Nov.

Ways of Speaking (Melodic Speech, Rhythmic Speech, Song) in Storytelling Therapy.


9)  14 Nov.

Drawing in Storytelling Therapy.


10)  21 Nov.

Student Presentations.


11)  28 Nov.

Student Presentations.


12)  5 Dec.

Student Presentations.


Course Readings

Links to Course readings (some are optional) are here.



Course Assignments

There would be two assignments:

1) Each participant would formulate a question relating to Storytelling Therapy, and would give a presentation (both written and oral) to answer this question.

2) Participants would apply (in at least 3 sessions with individuals or groups) methods taught in the Workshop.  Participants would give presentations (both written and oral) about their experiences of these sessions.  Note:  Participants who might have earned a Masters degree in Psychology or Social Work could think of this as utilising methods of Storytelling Therapy: others could think of this as practising Storytelling for Coaching, Personality Development, Life Skills Training, and/or Healing.



Course Instructor

Dr Eric Miller has taught at 6 Colleges/Universities -- 3 in New York City, his hometown (New York University; Fordham University; and St John's University); and 3 in Chennai, his adopted home (University of Madras; Indian Institute of Technology - Madras; and the Image College of Animation, Arts, and Technology).


At these Colleges/Universities, he has taught 15 courses, including: Writing Essays, Writing about Literature, Creative Writing, Writing for Animated Movies and Video Games, The Folktale, The Modern Short Story, History of USA Drama, Public Speaking, and Storytelling.


Dr Eric has earned a PhD in Folklore (University of Pennsylvania, 2010), and is a MSc Candidate in Psychology (University of Madras).  He has completed a one-year Certificate Course in Psychological Counselling, conducted by the Chennai Counsellors Foundation.


In 2007, Dr Eric and others founded the World Storytelling Institute, which he directs.  One project of the WSI is the Chennai Storytelling Festival: the 6th annual edition of this Festival is scheduled to occur at Loyola College in Feb 2018.  Dr Eric is also the Assistant Director of the East West Center for Counselling and Training, and is a Co-founder and Co-facilitator of the Indian Storytelling Network. 



Dr Eric's CV is here, and his Life Narrative is here.


Links to approx 65 of Dr Eric's writings -- mostly under the headings, "Tamil Nadu", "Storytelling", "Storytelling Therapy", and "Videoconferencing" -- can be found at his personal website, . 


Links to Dr Eric's notes on "Storytelling Workshops for People in the Business World" are here.



Links to his writings relating to Videoconferencing are here -- including a 12-page section that he guest-edited on "Ways Storytellers are Using Audio- and Videoconferencing", in the Summer 2017 issue of Storytelling Magazine (a publication of the USA's National Storytelling Network). 


Info about Dr Eric's trainings via Videoconference -- including links to 2 newspaper articles on this topic -- is here.


Links to recordings of 17 videoconferences he has co-facilitated -- including a session of the Fall 2017 edition of the "Storytelling Therapy" Course -- are here.




Links to 71 newspaper and magazine articles referring to Dr Eric's work are here.




Feedback from a Participant in the Sept-Dec 2017 edition of this Course is here.



Course fee

15,000 Indian Rupees. 

232 USA Dollars.



For Additional Info, and to Register

Please contact the Course Instructor, Dr Eric Miller (Chennai), at +91 98403 94282, . 

A preliminary step would be to schedule a test Videoconference.




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