Narrative Workgroups

The Narrative Workgroups are based on models developed by narrative medicine practitioners at the Columbia University Program in Narrative Medicine and the NWNM Collaborative, with input, guidance, and facilitation assistance from Write Around Portland.

unnamedEach of the Narrative Workgroups will be made up of conference participants from diverse professional and personal backgrounds. This intentional design is to highlight the multiple perspectives in discussions and activities. Participants will stay with the same group for each of the three workshops.

Workshop #1 “Attention” Saturday, 10:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m

In this workshop, participants will engage in a facilitated discussion around a visual prompt, followed by a short writing exercise. Participants in this workshop will recognize details of how their own stories are shaped and formed, while also examining the dynamic interplay between personal narrative and a collective narrative shared by other participants in the group.

Workshop #2 “Representation” Saturday, 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

In health care we often tell and re-tell our own stories and the stories of others. In this workshop participants will engage in a facilitated discussion of the attributes of listening with an eye for re-creating the stories of others. Attention will be paid to the experience of telling, listening and translating another’s story into one’s own distilled words.

Workshop #3 “Implementation” Sunday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m  

In this workshop participants will reflect on skills learned throughout the 3-day conference with a focus on future practice. Facilitators will lead the group in forward thinking, goal-oriented discussion on how to implement narrative skills into diverse health care and care giving environments.