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Once Upon a Time: The Healing Power of Story

Program Date & Time:
April 11, 2024 | 9:00am-1:15pm
  • In-person
Registration Fee:
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Additional Details
Instructional Hours:
Registration Deadline:
4/10/24 11:59 PM
Cancellation Deadline:
4/10/24 11:59 PM
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“Story is not just a colorful way to say something that can be said in another is the way we understand our self as a self; a self in relation to others, the world, and God.” Today’s healthcare system depends heavily upon the evidenced-based research provided by medical science. As such, medical science has eradicated many diseases once thought incurable. At the same time, this form of healthcare runs the risk the person with the problem, of reducing a person to a static list of pathological symptoms. This seminar is about the healing power of story. Stories speak to the ever changing drama of a person’s life. Stories explore the mysteries of life. Those aspects that as measurable, observable or verifiable. As such, the use of story can be a powerful therapeutic tool. This seminar is experiential. There are no power point presentations and no handouts (until the seminar is over). It relies on the interaction between myself and the participants. I will be telling stories and inviting participants to share stories. Think of it as if you are back in grammar school. After lunch you lay your head on your desk and listen to the teacher tell you a story. Topics include the importance of stories, stories heal, how stories heal, the skills needed to effectively hear a story, and how sometimes the skills don’t matter.

Keywords: Heal


At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Provide an understanding of story and how it can be an agent of healing.
  • Identify what it is about hearing and telling a story that gives it the power to heal (three skills necessary to elicit and hear someone’s story).
  • Identify and utilize the three skills that help elicit and effectively hear someone’s story.
  • Have a greater awareness of your own story. If you are going to help someone tell their story it is best to know one’s own story.
Pee Dee AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials. Speakers have signed a vested interest form declaring any conflict of interest in education activities. Please see individual activities for any conflicts of interest. Provisions of these educational activities by Pee Dee AHEC does not imply endorsement by Pee Dee AHEC, SCNA or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with activities.
Credits Available
  • Social Workers
    SC Board of Social Work Examiners (Non-SW)
    Credit Statement
    This program is approved for 4 non-social work hours of continuing education by Pee Dee AHEC, a part of the South Carolina AHEC system, as defined by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Respiratory Therapist
    SC Board Of Medical Examiners (Respiratory Care)
    Credit Statement
    4 clock hour(s) will be awarded by Pee Dee AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.
  • Counselors/Therapist
    SC Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors
    Credit Statement
    This program is approved for 4 hours of continuing education by Pee Dee AHEC, a division of SC AHEC, under its accreditation by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists.
  • All other participants
    Area Health Education Consortium
    Credit Statement
    This program provides .4 CEUs by Pee Dee AHEC and meets South Carolina AHEC Best Practice Standards.
Locations/Participation Options
  • Location:
    Little River , SC Details

If you have questions about the credits, location/video conference information, or any other details specific to this particular program, please reach out to the contact(s) below:

  • Name:
    Kimberly Morris
  • Name:
    Nita Jackson
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