Monday, March 14, 2011

Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of the Narrative Paradigm


Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona, University of Vermont


Date | 22 March 2011

Time | 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Venue | Melbourne School of Population Health,

Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie St, Carlton


ABSTRACT: A movement in psychology and medicine is arising that sees lives as stories and people as storytellers. This movement has allowed European-based psychology to connect to the world's indigenous cultures, since these cultures think in a similar vein - that lives are stories enacted in the world. In this talk, Dr. Mehl-Madrona will consider the relevance of this approach for mental health and discuss his use of this narrative paradigm with aboriginal people in Canada and the United States, comparing this approach to that of traditional elders in those cultures.


BIO: Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine (US). He completed both of his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont, where he currently resides in Brattleboro and serves as a core faculty to the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the Union Institute & University as well as practicing family medicine, geriatrics, and psychiatry. From his own Native American background, he has also studied extensively with traditional healers and combines knowledge from both worlds. He is the author of the Coyote trilogy (Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, Coyote Wisdom) about the wisdom that indigenous North American culture has to offer modern medicine, as well as Narrative Medicine and his most recent book, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.


All Welcome - NO RSVP REQUIRED

Contact Erminia Colucci for more information: ecolucci@unimelb.edu.au

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