Betsy has been telling stories for more than twenty years. She believes in the power of stories to inspire and educate.
As a trained social worker, Betsy has used storytelling in her substance abuse prevention practice with individuals and groups, kids and adults, parents and professionals.
As an entertainer, she captures your imagination, your heart, and your funny-bone.
As an educator, she guides you through life's lessons and explores life's tough choices with you. She can help you learn to tell your own story -- to yourself and to others.
And, as a colleague, she can teach you to use the power of stories in your own practice.
- Understand the hero/heroine journey and recognize its stages
- Increase self-awareness through artwork and imagery
- Become more comfortable with storytelling
- Understand archetypes and basic story structure
- Demonstrate the ability to work with archetypes
- Leave with a new personal story and a deeper appreciation for storytelling.
* This workshop requires a minimum of 7 hours to complete. It can be scheduled to suit your training needs. Individual workbooks are required.
The first component focuses on:
- Storytelling as an art form
- The “inner workings” of story
- Stories and the unconscious mind
- Storytelling and resiliency
- The role of the listener
- Relationship between storyteller & listener
- Telling your stories and finding your voice
The second component focuses on:
- Program Design
- Follow-up activities
- Sample stories
- Story selection
- Tips for effective telling
- Pitfalls to avoid
Betsy shares a selection of her life struggles and lessons learned. She teaches potent tools that contribute to resiliency and can bring self-empowerment and emotional health.
Betsy has a number of stories from different cultures, traditions, and sources that can speak to the spirit or heart of those in your congregation or organization.
Please contact Betsy to discuss the thematic content that will address your objectives and she will craft the perfect program to address your needs.
This fun, interactive workshop is for teachers, educators, and other professionals interested in developing basic storytelling skills.
As human beings, we are “storied creatures.” Our daily lives are filled with stories… Learn to use storytelling as a powerful tool for teaching, in the helping professions, and in business, too.
This inspirational program addresses the awesome process of “coming to and coming to believe.”
Spiritual recovery is an important aspect of the healing process. Betsy will share personal stories of her spiritual journey, the Mystery encountered along the way, and the joy experienced within this “reunion.”
This program includes a unique combination of story and creative arts designed to “put a face” on your clients' struggles and their hopes for the journey ahead.
Journey to other places and times... leave life’s stress behind.
Explore colorful images that spark imagination and creativity.
Utilize healing images to create meaningful artwork that illustrates personal awareness and connection.
Through relaxing guided imagery, Betsy will lead you to a magical place and explore the symbols of personal strength you experience. Each person will use these images to create a “Symbol Wheel,” which will serve as a visual reminder of the lessons learned and insight gained.
Be prepared to hear a story or two… shaped from personal life experience and crafted into modern-day teaching tales. During our time together, we will walk the mythic path and explore how it mirrors our current journey. See how it can be utilized with youth and adults to re-frame their life experiences, and teach resiliency and other life skills.