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Clinical Evening Meeting: The Use of Story in Clinical Practice: Reframing Personal Narratives About Health & Wellbeing

  • October 01, 2014
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • University of Washington, School of Social Work, Rm 305A/B


  • Must present current student i.d. at door
  • Current WSSCSW Member

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2014  - 2015 Clinical Evening Meeting

Clinical Evening Meetings are an opportunity to network with mental health professionals in the society and be exposed to cutting edge clinical information while gathering CEU’s. 

The Use of Story in Clinical Practice:
Reframing Personal Narratives About Health and Wellbeing

Presented by
Dawn Dickson, MSW, LICSW & Daniel Masler, PsyD

Storytelling has been used cross-culturally throughout time to teach and provide healing. People from oral traditions have used story as a way to broaden perspective and gain understanding. Since human beings are meaning-makers, the stories our clients tell themselves and others about the challenges they face have immense impact on wellbeing. The telling of stories that reflect the human condition can allow individuals and families to reframe the adversities they face. The use of metaphor and powerful imagery accesses right-brain activity and therefore can bypass the intellect, allowing for the creative to emerge. Clients can then rewrite their own narratives about the challenges they are experiencing. In this presentation, we will explore the use of this ancient and potent tool, learn about the importance of timing when using story, and how to assess for appropriateness given the client’s situation. Participants will learn about the use of story as a therapeutic technique in their clinical practice. Dawn Dickson will focus on the use of story and eliciting personal narratives in healthcare and private practice settings, and Daniel Masler will address using folktales when working with children and adolescents in a multicultural setting.

Learning Objectives
•Learn about the use of metaphor and story to help patients come to new understandings about illness and adversity.

•Assess the appropriate timing and patient readiness for using this tool.

•Gain understanding about applying storytelling techniques in clinical practice and guide patients in rewriting limiting stories.

•Learn to use folktales to move beyond therapeutic impasse and to bring about creative dialogue.

About the Presenters

Dawn Dickson, MSW, LICSW is a therapist in private practice in Seattle working with individuals and couples facing a wide variety of concerns. She has twenty-years experience working in healthcare with an emphasis in oncology. She teaches Social Work in Healthcare/Mental health to graduate students at the University of Washington, and is a board member for WSSCSW.

Daniel Masler, PsyD, MLIS, is a doctor of psychology and an adjunct professor at Antioch University Seattle. He has experience treating children, teens, and adults in several languages. A former librarian, he has also worked as a professional storyteller.

CEU's Offered: 1.5

Registration & Networking: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Presentation: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Meeting Location
UW School of Social Work
Room #305 A/B
4101 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA  98105

Directions The School of Social Work is on the corner of 41st and 15th Avenue N.E. in the University District, directly across from the Meany Parking Garage.


Parking is readily available on the street, in the parking garage, or on street level parking lots.

Refund Policy Fees may be refunded up to two weeks prior to the Clinical Evening Meeting, minus a $3.00 administration fee and any online transaction fees.

**If you register and are unable to attend, please keep us informed so we can properly adjust our reservation. It is important as we engage in the community WSSCSW is regarded as good stewards of the places that we meet.

Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work
14201 SE Petrovitsky Rd Ste A3-269 Renton, WA 98058 •

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