Stories make meaning. Therefore, how we tell our story - to ourselves and others - shapes how we feel about who we are, the home we grew up in, and whether we view ourselves as competent in the world now.
Try this example: (adapted from Oolagen)
1. Can you think of a story that your friends or parents tell about you? What kind of image does this story paint of you?
2. If you think about this image . . . what does it suggest about who you are?
3. Do you think this story might have missed or hidden something about you?
4. If people knew you only by this one story . . . what effects would it have on your life? What could it have brought into your life? What could it have taken away?
Dr. Kozlova from Oolagen
"When a person or family comes for help, they may have been struggling with problems for a long time. When we are paying attention only to what's going wrong, our stories become saturated by the problem."
Two smart and empowered woman share their approach to helping the children of parents with a mental illness. Ruth Pluznick and Olya Kozlova from Oolagen Community Services in Toronto use the principles of neuroplasticity to provide a framework that explains why story telling is critical the healing.
4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAMILIES WITH PARENTAL MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES: Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family
The CROOKED HOUSE team has arrived in Berkley, CA for the conference.
It was kicked off by two powerful stories of perseverance.
Evan Kaplan and Kim Foster has inspired us.
Follow The CROOKED HOUSE this weekend as we learn and share.
Dear Friends and Family,
As part of my work with The Crooked House, a story-sharing platform by and for the children of parental mental health issues, I will be travelling to the 4th International Conference on Families with Parental Mental Health Challenges: Addressing the Needs of the Whole Family.
Our mission is to use storytelling as a way to transform post-traumatic stress into post-traumatic growth, bring the lost narratives of the children of ill parents out of the shadows, and advocate for support systems which address the needs unique to children of mentally ill parents.
As one of those children myself, I know first hand what helped me survive and how the complex trauma has had an impact on my life. I am honored to be part of the Crooked House project because I believe the work we are doing to raise awareness and provide a safe environment for dialogue about the impact of this unique type of adversity, is a critical narrative in helping the mental health care system change in a positive direction. Please consider supporting my trip to Berkley, CA for this conference and help me improve the lives of the next generation of children of ill parents.
If 12 of you donate $25 dollars, you pay for my round-trip airfare.
To learn more, go to http://www.thecrookedhouse.org/4th-icfpmhc.html