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Your Story, Your Way LLC works with agencies, businesses, and private individuals who are interested providing educational and fun classes or workshops to their clients or staff members.

These classes are very flexible. We work with your budget, suggested timeframe, and desired class type. We offer these options:

Weekly Classes

Strengths-Based Storytelling4 to 8 weeks long, 1 meeting 1x a week, 1.5 hours per meeting. Up to 10 people per class, optimal 6 to 8 people. Suggested age range: 12 to 99. Literacy level: All levels.

Sparkling with stories and highly focused, this group model was designed by Natalie Millman to meet the needs of clients with varying literacy levels. Perfect for homeless shelters, group homes, retirement homes, and other agencies that seek a short-term story-based intervention for diverse and changing populations,  especially populations unable to write for medical or literacy reasons, Strengths-Based Storytelling emphasizes telling stories that teach. Participants experience boosted self-esteem and increased self-awareness. They also build their ability to listen mindfully to others, discover at least one personal strength they already have, build at least one new personal strength, and connect in a meaningful way to other clients. It also can be adjusted for a month-long intervention to a two-monthl long intervention depending on the needs of the agency.

Life Review Storytelling – 8 weeks long, 1 meeting 1x a week, 1.5 hours per meeting. Up to 10 people per class, optimal 6 to 8 people. Suggested age range: 12 to 99. Literacy level: All levels.

Based on the book, The Handbook of Structured Life Review by Barbara K. Haight and Barrett S. Haight, this group accomplishes what Guided Autobiography does, but is simplified to meet the needs of clients with varying literacy levels. Perfect for hospitals, retirement homes, and senior centers and other agencies that seek a life-review intervention for diverse and changing populations, especially populations unable to write for medical or literacy reasons, Life Review Storytelling emphasizes telling stories that focus on specific parts of the clients’ lives.  Clients get to share their own stories, practice their ability to listen mindfully to others, and connect in a meaningful way to other clients.

Guided Autobiography10 weeks long, 1 meeting 1x a week, 2 hours per meeting. Up to 10 people per class, optimal 6 to 8 people. Suggested age range: 15 to 99. Literacy level: About 8th grade (able to write 2 double-spaced pages every week)

The classic, internationally-renowned intervention designed by the famed gerontologist, Dr. Jim Birren, this group model allows for group members to explore their life stories through writing and sharing their writing. Perfect for retirement homes and senior centers, this class provides an opportunity for clients to dive deep into their memories and come up with exciting and vivid stories about their pasts, that they share through writing. The class provides an opportunity for structured life review in a group setting and is well beloved by all who encounter the model. This class is taught in the esteemed Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at universities across the country, and instructors administer classes around the world.

Guided Romantic Memoir14 weeks long, 1 meeting 1x a week, 2 hours per meeting. Up to 10 people per class, optimal 6 to 8 people. Suggested age range: 15 to 99. Literacy level: About 8th grade (able to write 2 double-spaced pages every week)

Based on the process of Guided Autobiography, but designed for a younger population ranging from age 18 to 40, Guided Romantic Memoir explores the topics of romance, sex, and intimate relationships. Designed for maximum relevance to clients who identify across the gender (cisgendered, bigendered, nongendered, etc.), sexual identity (lesbian, gay, transexual, bisexual, pansexual, queer, asexual, questioning, etc.) and practice spectrum (from “vanilla” to “living the lifestyle”, polyamorous, monogamous, etc.)  this class allows clients to critically examine their romantic experiences and find meaning in said experiences.

Guided Narrative Exploration of the Unconscious11 weeks long, 1 meeting 1x a week, 2 hours per meeting. Up to 10 people per class, optimal 6 to 8 people. Suggested age range: 15 to 99. Literacy level: About 8th grade (able to write 2 double-spaced pages every week)

Inspired by the process of Guided Autobiography, Guided Narrative Exploration of the Unconscious involves writing about one’s life through the lens of writing about a journey into the author’s unconscious. Drawing upon the epic poem, the Divine Comedy by Dante, as well as the psychoanalytic writings of Carl Jung and the mythological traditions of Joseph Cambell, this class allows for a writing experience similar to shamanic journeys, guided meditation, or lucid dreaming. The writing analysis involves the exploration of symbols, inspiration from fairytales and world literature, and a deeper understanding of the unconscious minds of the participants. Written by Natalie Millman and Samantha Pious.

 

One-Day Workshops

More info coming soon!

 

To have one of these classes or workshops at our agency, business, or home, please contact us directly at:

 

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