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September 29, 2017 AMCAP

Cal and Anne presented on Story Telling Parenting: Simple Stories and Practical Strategies for Raising Resilient Children. This presentation focuses on story telling as a powerful medium for facilitating family resiliency. Resiliency research has identified key qualities associated with increased resiliency (Richardson, 2002).

Storytelling has long been used to teach values (Brady, 1997, MacDonald, 1998) and is recognized as an effective means of instruction (Andrews, Hull & Donahue, 2009).

Children who learn family history through means other than their own first-hand experience, such as storytelling, tend to develop the personal traits, secure attachments and connection which are the vital underpinnings of resiliency (Duke, Lazarus & Fivush, 2008, East, Jackson, O’Brien & Peters, 2010).

Professionals, parents, and other concerned individuals will learn how to help families develop a family culture of storytelling to move beyond coping with immediate problems and begin to develop life changing resilience. Participants will gain a greater appreciation for the power of resiliency to change the trajectory of a family. Through this process, families can learn to handle the problems they face today more effectively, while also becoming better able to face whatever challenges may come their way in the future.


“Wonderful presentation, loved the story!”