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The Therapeutic Use of Personal Narrative in the Lives of Our Clients
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When: Saturday, December 10, 2016
10:00am -5:00pm
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Lauren Taylor, MA, MS, LCSW

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This workshop will examine the meaning and value of personal narrative in the lives of our clients of all ages. Public and private themes will be explored in a sociocultural context. Participants will learn how narrative may be developed to therapeutic effect in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings, with a focus on client-worker intersubjectivity and the use of self. The bio-psycho-social effects of the trauma narrative will be discussed, along with the development of skills for coping with vicarious traumatization during the listening process. The workshop will include role play, analysis of audio and video interviews, and a case presentation in which narrative is used to help alleviate anxiety and depression.


Lauren Taylor, MA, MS, LCSW. Lauren Taylor, M.A., M.S., L.C.S.W., is a psychiatric social worker and oral historian, as well as an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She has been on staff at the Service Program for Older People (SPOP) since 1994. Ms. Taylor gives seminars and workshops on a wide variety of mental health issues related to the aging process. As an oral historian, Ms. Taylor has conducted dozens of life history interviews with older adults, both in the United States and abroad, and is studying the subjective experience of aging through the medium of narrative, in a cross-cultural context. Ms. Taylor has lectured and published on the therapeutic use of oral history and life review for an aging population.

6 CE Contact Hours



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All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

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