Featured on Blog Talk Radio with Doug Forrest, May 2014
Narratives of Shame
Why do so many people suffer shame? And how can the voicing of their narratives, within a compassionate relationship. unlock frozen stories and allow flow and healing? Gail discusses this phenomenon in her third conversation with Talk Show Host Doug Forresta.
Voicing Your Truth Through Story
How do forgotten, interrupted, or false stories affect your life? What do you do when you feel "stuck in the past" but don't know how to move forward? How can you confidently voice your truth? Narrative Coaching is a mindful voicing and listening that can then be brought into all other relationships. It allows participants to discover the answers they already hold, in a creative approach and within a nurturing relationship. Narratology is the study of story, and how we give and take meaning from our lives and come to understand our worlds.
Creating A Coherent Narrative
This episode features an interview with narratologist Gail Noppe-Brandon, as she discusses her work and the importance of creating a coherent narrative. Learn how to harness the power of story, why narrative is important, and how narrative coaching can you get unstuck.
The amazing transformations of a group of diverse teenagers who spend ten weeks with acclaimed Narrative Coach and author, Gail Noppe-Brandon (featured on PBS). As they write, these struggling students begin to find their voices - by learning to listen to one another, and to themselves.
2008 Winner of the Chris Award at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival
"There are moments in Listening With Their Eyes that quietly break your heart, revealing a potential in young people both enourmous and untapped..."
- Marisa Suescun, Education Update
Using footage from the documentary, Find Your Voice was featured as an episode of In the Mix, the national award-winning TV series on PBS for teens. This special feature on Find Your Voice tells the story of a unique workshop that helped a group of teens tackle common communication fears such as: speaking before a group, sharing their writing, and really listening to one another. Their guide, Gail Noppe-Brandon, was an experienced Coach who for 25 years has helped people of all ages learn to take the risk of being seen and heard. Excellent for classroom use and professional development.
Every school in our country has identified literacy as its number one challenge; now Gail Noppe-Brandon offers a different way of looking at the subject. For the past twenty years she has successfully trained a broad range of teenagers, college students, and teachers of all subjects in her literacy-through-theatre methodology. In Find Your Voice, she clearly describes how everyone can be helped to communicate more effectively and better receive the communication of others.
"Everyone I know who took the training emerged stronger."
- Robert Lopez, Composer/Lyricist,
Book of Mormon
In One Vision, Many Voices, Gail Noppe-Brandon shares the results of a twenty-year experiment in generating dialogue-both on paper and between people. She outlines her life-changing "Find Your Voice" coaching method and provides an eclectic compilation of plays, scenes, and monologues from fifty powerful and moving works of dramatic literature written in response to evocative photographs.
"As an appreciative witness in the kindred domain of narrative therapy, I had long encouraged Gail to establish an institute for creative clinicians."
- Robert Neimeyer, PhD, University of Memphis
Chapters and Articles
Published as a chapter in, Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, a book that details different approaches and techniques for artistically inclined grief therapy. Gail's chapter outlines a technique called Interplaying, which she developed after decades of work across fields including social work, creative writing, theater production, and dramaturgy.
Published as a chapter in: Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe, a book that offers a broad overview of how the communication technology revolution affects individuals coping with loss and grief, and implications of the "digital divide" between those who are knowledgeable about and have access to modern technology, and those who are not. It also highlights blogging as a mechanism for storytelling and SKYPE as a communication tool. In this chapter, Narratologists Robert Neimeyer and Gail Noppe-Brandon divulge a collaboration on the healing power (and limitations) of sharing grief stories at distance. (See review of this book in the APA.)
Published as a chapter in: Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved, which is an indispensable guidebook to the most inventive and inspirational interventions in grief and bereavement counseling and therapy. This chapter highlights Gail's narratological work done with teens.
Published as an article on End of Life Issues for the Elderly. Published in: The Association for Death Education and Counseling®, The Thanatology Association®, Volume 36, No. 2 • April 2010
This article elaborates the moving and transformative results of Gail's narratological work with a group of seniors. See video below.