Two-Eyed Seeing in Relation to Life Stories Keynote and Workshop

  • Sat, Dec 10, 2022 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

Description

The Healing Story Alliance is excited to welcome Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Dr. Barbara Mainguy as our speakers and workshop leaders for a fall Saturday virtual healing story retreat on December 10th. The focus of his keynote and following workshop will be: Two-Eyed Seeing in Relation to Life Stories.

 

Lewis works with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care, particularly drawn from the Lakota and Cherokee traditions. As both a psychiatrist and psychologist, Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written extensively about their work and the process of healing.  Lewis is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry.  

Lewis has developed this special keynote and workshop for the Healing Story Alliance based on his recent book written with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. 

Below is an overview of what we have to look forward to on December 10th:

One hour keynote:  How does change happen through story?

  • Story organizes the whole of our experience
  • To reorganize our experience of ourselves and the world we need a new story
  • Neuroscience can tell us how this happens in the brain
  • Consciousness is more than the brain; story inter-relates with consciousness
  • How does changing our story change our physiology?
  • Discussion

Workshop (3 hours):

Introduction to Two-Eyed Seeing in relation to life stories.

  • Seeing the world from multiple perspectives
  • Finding different perspectives from which to view your story
  • Exercises in finding a different perspective in the breakout room

Who is the character you want to become and what story do you want to be living?

  • Exercises in character identification in breakout room

Life mapping and remapping: changing what’s not working in your story.

  • How did I get here?
  • Where did I mean to go (say at age 10)
  • Is where you are better or worse than where you thought you be?
  • Exercises in life mapping and remapping in breakout rooms

Hero’s journey

  • Finding self-agency
  • Increasing self-efficacy
  • Exercises in working with plot in the breakout room

 

About the Artists

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England. He continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities. He is interested in the relation of healing through dialogue in community and psychosis. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on
what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry, and, his most recent book with Barbara Mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. Lewis currently works with Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness, which serves the five tribes of Maine. He also works part-time at Acadia Hospital and with the Family Medicine Residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation. Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His primary focus has been upon Cherokee and Lakota traditions, though he has also explored other Plains Cultures and those of Northeastern North America. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream
medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European-derived narrative traditions. He has written scientific papers in these areas and continues to do research.
He writes a weekly (almost) blog on health and mental health for www.futurehealth.org. His current interests center around psychosis and its treatment within community and with non-pharmacological means,
narrative approaches to chronic pain and its use in primary care, and further developing healing paradigms within a narrative/indigenous framework.

Barbara Mainguy

Barbara studied psychology and philosophy at the University of Toronto and received her Master's degree in Creative Arts Psychotherapy from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to that, she had worked as an artist and an artist in residence in the mental health system for a number of years. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Maine and works as a psychotherapist with Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness in Bangor, Maine where she also oversees the Crisis Service.
She is certified in hypnosis and has taught hypnosis for the American Psychiatric Association, the New England Society for Clinical Hypnosis, and other organizations. She has worked in primary care settings as a behavioral health clinician and as a psychotherapist.  Her interests include doing psychotherapy with people who have been diagnosed as psychotic, working with people who are having chronic pain, and exploring the interface between art and psychotherapy and
healing. She enjoys group therapy and group medical visits. She is the author of a number of papers on health care with aboriginal people and on psychotherapy and psychosis and chronic pain. She has written a book with Lewis Mehl-Madrona, entitled Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story. Currently, she has almost completed her M.F.A. in documentary film making through York University, Toronto. She is the Director of Education for the Coyote Institute in Orono and has a part-time private practice in Orono, Maine.

 

Date & Time

Sat, Dec 10, 2022 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Healing Story Alliance

Healing Story Alliance is a not-for-profit, educational, arts organization which provides online resources and concert, workshop, and community programming in support of storytelling as a healing art. 


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