'Voicing Your Truth Through Story' on The Next Step with Jeff Rock, December 2013

'Voicing Your Truth Through Story' on The Next Step with Jeff Rock, December 2013

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 Reconstruction 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.

Hear the podcast.

Read More

Dramaturgical Listening

Dramaturgical Listening

In this chapter, published in Techniques of Grief Therapy, Assessment and Intervention, Gail shares a clinical case in which she helps a seventy year old child of survivors of the Holocaust find the courage to voice her story for the first time, by unearthing and extinguishing the many coherent reasons for having kept silent. In so doing, Gail illustrates the fine clinical art of radical listening.

(See review of the book in Psychology Today, in which Editor, Dr. Robert Neimeyer, mentions her chapter as one of uniquely creative clinical work.

Book can be found here.

Read More

Find Your Voice: A Methodology for Enhancing Literacy Through Re-Writing and Re-Acting

Find Your Voice: A Methodology for Enhancing Literacy Through Re-Writing and Re-Acting

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

Book can be found here.

Read More

Interplaying

Interplaying

Published as a chapter in, Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning, a book that details creative approaches and techniques for working through loss in 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, that engages clients in healing dialogues with key figures in their lives.

Book can be found here

Read More

Find Your Voice: Creating Healing Dialogues

Find Your Voice: Creating Healing Dialogues

Published as a chapter in: Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereavedwhich 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.

Book can be found here. 

Read More

Attachment at Distance: Grief Therapy in the Virtual World

Attachment at Distance: Grief Therapy in the Virtual World

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.)

Book can be found here.

Read More

Creating Caring Communities: Finding Meaning in Later Life

Creating Caring Communities:  Finding Meaning in Later Life

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.

Click for video.

 

Read More

'Permissible Curiosity' in The Neuropsychotherapist, October 2016

'Permissible Curiosity' in The Neuropsychotherapist, October 2016

What follows in this article is an attempt to explore the importance of bringing creativity into clinical practice. To that end, it is my great hope to marry style and content, since it will require some creativity to parse (and then re-braid) the inherent creativity needed for a clinician to inspire productive healing, a client to engage in productive healing, and for either or both to be trained and encouraged to do so.

Download and read the full article here

Read More

'Creating Coherent Narratives' in The Neuropsychotherapist, February 2015

'Creating Coherent Narratives' in The Neuropsychotherapist, February 2015

From the magazine's editor, Matthew Dahlitz:

As therapists, we are particularly interested in the coherence and integration of our clients' minds and nervous systems. In this issue, master narratologist, Gail Noppe-Brandon reveals in "Creating Coherent Narratives" how the articulation of our story prompts a tacking back and forth between the language-oriented left brain and the felt feelings of the right brain, eliciting deep memory retrieval and, ultimately, integration. Gail’s experience and understanding of the psychotherapeutic use of writing and narrative has given me a renewed enthusiasim for the power of clients' telling, or writing, their story, and for discovering ways of reconstructing such narratives toward coherence.

Download and read the full article here

Read More

Find Your Voice/In the Mix on PBS

Find Your Voice/In the Mix on PBS

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.

Read More

One Vision, Many Voices: A Multicultural and Multigenerational Collection of Scenes and Monologues

One Vision, Many Voices: A Multicultural and Multigenerational Collection of Scenes and Monologues

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

Book can be found here.

Read More

Listening With Their Eyes: Feature Length Documentary

Listening With Their Eyes: Feature Length Documentary

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

Read More