Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Drawing a circle in the sand: Oral storytelling as a therapeutic intervention with trauma clients
by Porter, Grace, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2011, 115; 1492827
Abstract (Summary)

This phenomenological thesis examines how telling a traditional fairy tale in a therapeutic setting can be healing for a trauma therapy client. This paper explores the ways in which oral storytelling interacts with the psyche and how that interaction can be healing, by allowing the listeners to work on unconscious material outside of themselves, learning to regulate emotions and self-soothe, regaining a sense of personal control, and creating a cohesive narrative of a sequence of events. By comparing what is learned about the healing potential of storytelling to the basic tenets of trauma theory, it is seen that many of the healing powers of story complement the treatment goals of a trauma client. Therefore, this thesis proposes that oral storytelling is a valuable therapeutic intervention for traumatized patients.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Folklore, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1492827
ISBN: 978-1-124-56718-1
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