Narrative Medicine Basic Workshop
October 11-13, 2019
This Basic Workshop provides an intensive introductory experience to the methods and skills of Narrative Medicine. These practices are then applicable to unlimited clinical and non-clinical settings. From Friday at 2 pm to Sunday at 4 pm, participants gather for plenary presentations by the founders of the Division of Narrative Medicine alternating with small-group seminars. Participants will form small groups of eight that stay together throughout the weekend, while small group facilitators rotate through the groups.
Plenary presentations by faculty open up themes of how stories work, exploring concepts such as creativity, ethics, bearing witness, and empathy, while the small groups practice rigorous skills in close reading, creative writing, and responding to the writings of others. Close reading is an integral part of the workshop as is short prompted writing and discussion. Participants will gain access to our online resource page prior to the start of the workshop where all information necessary to prepare for the weekend including literary texts, film, visual art and seminar articles in the field of narrative medicine by leading educators.
Workshop Description & Objectives
These intensive workshops will offer rigorous skill-building in narrative competence. Participants will learn effective techniques for attentive listening, adopting others’ perspectives, accurate representation, and reflective reasoning. Plenary sessions will focus on reconceptualizing empathy, narrative ethics, bearing witness, and illness narratives. Small group seminars will offer firsthand experience in close reading, reflective writing, and autobiographical exercises. The target audience is physicians, other health care professionals and scholars interested in Narrative Medicine.
The Workshop will be held on Friday from 1:30p-7:30p, Saturday from 8:30a-5p and Sunday from 8:30a-4p. Here is the preliminary schedule:
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Reconceptualizing Empathy | Maura Spiegel, PhD
10:45-12:15 Small Group Seminars | Close Reading: Training for Attentive
1:30-3:00 Writing in the Clinical Context and Beyond | Nellie Hermann, MFA
3:15-4:45 Small Group Seminars | Narrative Writing from Practice: Enlarging
the Clinical Fund of Knowledge Through Representation
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30 Narrative Ethics: New Clinical Approaches | Craig Irvine, PhD
10:45-12:15 Small Group Seminars | Narrative Listening: How to Elicit the Full
Stories of Illness
1:15–2:15 Small Group Seminars | Illness Narratives: The Skills of Bearing
Witness to the Suffering of Others
2:30–4:00 Bearing Witness to Yourself in the Work |
Deepthiman Gowda, MD, MPH, MS
Adjournment at 4:00 pm
If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to Narativ, Inc. and indicate in the memo line which workshop date you are registering for. Please send checks to Narativ, Inc: 254 36th Street, Suite C549, Unit 24, Brooklyn, NY 11232.
If you require an invoice, please contact Joseph Eveld.
For additional information, email Joseph Eveld at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Division of Narrative Medicine at 212-305-1952.