Therapeutic Storytelling with Susan Perrow

Therapeutic Storytelling with Susan Perrow

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A series of 3-online sessions online to learn the art of ‘story medicine’ for serving individuals and communities.

About this event

A powerful new skill for counsellors, educators, parents and carers working with individuals and communities.

  • What makes a story healing?
  • How can stories help us learn and grow?
  • Would you like to craft original stories to heal and inspire?

Stories are how we make sense of our lives and can help us to make positive changes – for ourselves and others.

Join global educator and author Susan Perrow, for a series of 3-online sessions online to learn the art of ‘story medicine’ for serving individuals and communities.

This 10.5 hour training covers the theory and practice of storytelling as a therapeutic art. You'll look at different examples and techniques for writing healing stories, as well as diving deep into the power of metaphor.

Guided by Susan, you'll create a transformational story that addresses challenges in your own or another's life. You'll find story seeds, make metaphor mind maps and imagine a healing journey that leads you and others towards hope and change.

You don't need to bring anything except your curiosity and openness to learn, nor do you need any experience with storytelling.

Book now to secure your place and we'll see you on Zoom on:

  • Tue 5 July | 9am-12:30pm AWST (Perth) | 11am-2:30pm AEST (Sydney)
  • Wed 6 July | 9am-12:30pm AWST (Perth) | 11am-2:30pm AEST (Sydney)
  • Wed 13 July | 9am-12:30pm AWST (Perth) | 11am-2:30pm AEST (Sydney)

Book and pay by Friday 3 June and secure an Early Bird discount | $250 (no GST, plus Eventbrite fee)

Book after 3 June | $300 (no GST, plus Eventbrite fee)

You can also contact me by email to arrange payment and booking via direct transfer, if you prefer.

** Please note we will need 8-10 fully-paid bookings (including me) by Friday 3 June for this course to go ahead, so that Susan's fee can be covered & paid in advance. No refunds will be possible after this date unless there is someone else able to take your place. I'm really hoping we can get enough of us together to make this happen. You're welcome to email or call if you'd like to know more. Susan is a wonderful, highly experienced teacher who has run workshops all around the world.**


What to expect

Here's an outline of what you can expect from this learning opportunity.


The first two sessions

Welcome and Introductions / Expectations and Guidelines

History and cultural value of storytelling

Imagination as a ‘way of knowing’

Introducing therapeutic (healing) stories:

  • Definition and story-making framework
  • Share and deconstruct examples
  • Helping and obstacle metaphors
  • ‘Movement’ in Story Journeys
  • Group work: deconstruct a sample story

Expand on the following 11 points/tips for writing Therapeutic Stories:

  • Have a ‘helping’ not ‘healing’ intention
  • Listen / Observe / Research
  • “Story seeds” – often found in the description of the challenge
  • Consider ‘humour’ – but be cautious
  • Don’t move too quickly from problem to resolution / beware of clutter
  • Shifts / transitions / turning points
  • Find ways to nourish and strengthen your imagination
  • Random ‘playing’ with story journeys using story cards
  • Use metaphor mind maps to help explore ideas
  • Clarify the resolution
  • Sketch your way into metaphor and journey ideas

At the end of session two, you will be asked to identify a challenging behaviour/situation for a therapeutic story and then paired with a partner for the "homework".

You will work together in your pair to write a therapeutic story for a chosen theme.


Third and final session

You will present your story in your pair, and listen to others' stories. There'll be time for comments, hearty discussion, a Q & A and we'll round off with a conclusion.

Teaching methods

  • Required introductory online talk - see below
  • Required pre-reading: 24-page workbook with theory notes and story examples
  • Only 10 participants in each training
  • Small group work using break out rooms
  • Q and A – both direct and using chatbox
  • Interactive discussions using a whiteboard


More information about Susan’s work

Follow this link to learn more about Susan's work, in an interview with Singapore Story Fest:

See Story Talk Conversations video link below.

Online introduction to the course

Follow this link for a free online introduction to the power of healing stories to encourage ‘active hope’ and transformation for individuals and communities facing challenges of all kinds.

See The Healing Power of Stories video link below.


Meet your Hosts

Susan Perrow (M. Ed) is an Australian author, teacher trainer and community educator who is passionate about the healing power of stories and storytelling. For the last 30 years, has been documenting stories from other cultures, writing stories and telling stories to groups of children and adults. Her educating and consulting career has spanned Australia, Africa, Asia, China, Europe and North America. She is the author of four published story collections, in a total of 12 languages.

Nicola-Jane le Breton is a Community Story Weaver with Befriend Inc in Perth who is passionate about the power of storytelling, both traditional and biographical, to connect. Healing stories can bridge differences, nurture understanding and grow communities in which we are all recognised and celebrated for our unique gifts and journeys. She is a certified Master Facilitator of the Core Gift Interview and offers gift discovery workshops and circles to know, grow and flow with your gifts.



"Thank you so much for your inspiring workshop. I have begun a series of stories to do with a journey to help children treat each other and the environment well. It feels like I am on as big an adventure as the characters I am writing about. I would have had no idea where to start without your workshop and inspirational book."

- Tiffany Harrison - Teacher, South Australia, 2014

"Dear Susan, I wanted to extend a deep thank you for sharing your gift and experiences - and acknowledge the inclusive way that you facilitated so that we could all find the storyteller within and all support each other. I feel like a juicy plum this morning - alive, inspired and positive - and also like I am on a very fertile, strong juicy plum tree sharing life's journey with so many other plums. I felt a oneness of universal consciousness in a way never before through your stories - the symbols and metaphors that we all connected with are so strong and timeless. Bless you and thank you."

- Monique, Social Worker, Melbourne, Australia

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