Association of India"
( STAI )
* To develop ways that methods of Storytelling Therapy could be used in a wide range of formal and informal wellness-inducing processes such as Life Coaching, Facilitating Personality Development, Therapeutic Storytelling work, Healing, Psychological Counselling, and Therapy. (The STAI accepts the premise that one needs to have earned a Masters degree in a Psychology-related discipine to possibly conduct Counselling or Therapy.)
* To help further establish the field of Storytelling Therapy, so that it could take its place in general global culture beside the more-established and known fields such as Drama Therapy, Dance-movement Therapy, Biblio Therapy, and Poetry Therapy.
* To further esatblish Storytelling Therapy as one of the Expressive Therapies, and Creative Arts Therapies.
* To further esatblish Storytelling Therapy as a component of Expressive Arts Therapy (which perceives artistic expression to be a holistic process, across the senses).
* To help research, develop, and apply "in the modern world" traditional ways of using stories and storytelling to heal, comfort, and guide -- especially in relation to the cultures of India.
* To help research, develop, and apply ways the processes of story analysis and composition can be therapeutic and/or stimulating of personal social-emotional growth, awareness, and maturity.
* To help research, develop, and apply ways the process of story writing can be therapeutic and/or stimulating of personal social-emotional growth, awareness, and maturity.
* To help research, develop, and apply ways the inter-personal, social process of storytelling can be therapeutic and/or stimulating of personal social-emotional growth, awareness, and maturity.
As of August 2020, there are 47 members of the Storytelling Therapy Association of India (STAI).
Most STAI members have attended Dr Eric Miller's 11-session course on "Using a 'Storytelling Therapy' Method for Life Coaching, Counselling, and Therapy."
The upcoming edition of this course would begin on Wednesday 23 Sept 2020, 7pm-9pm (India time).
The Storytelling Therapy Association of India
would be participating in,
Chennai Storytelling Festival 2021
(Friday 5th to Sunday 14th Feb 2021).
The theme of CSF 2021 is
"The Healing Power of Story, Storytelling, and Story-enactment" (HPSx3).
In CSF 2021,
A 24-hour set of Zoom segments would begin on Sat 6th Feb, at 7:30pm India time.
A 24-hour set of Zoom segments would begin on Sat 13th Feb, at 7:30pm India time.
Thus, there would be a total of 48 hours
of Zoom programming in CSF2021-HPSx3.
CSF2021-HPSx3 would feature:
1) Storytelling Performances.
Up-to-10-minutes for telling a story, immediately followed by up-to-10-minutes of story-related discussion and role-play. Any kind of story could be told. Tandem Storytelling is encouraged.
3) Healing Story Circles.
4) Interactive Talks.
5) Panel Discussions with Demonstrations.
The Chennai Storytelling Festival -- approaching its 9th annual edition -- is presented by the World Storytelling Institute (an NGO registered in Chennai in 2007). Dr Eric Miller co-founded and directs the World Storytelling Institute.
The Storytelling Therapy Association of India (STAI) was founded in February 2020 by Dr Eric.
Links to Storytelling Therapy -related writings by Dr Eric are here.
For additional info regarding the above,
Dr Eric Miller (based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
(PhD in Folklore, MSc in Psychology)
India mobile: 98403 94282
"Storytelling by and for adults" Open-mic series, on the first Monday of each month (via Zoom),