Saturday, May 5, 2018, 12:30 pm: Storytelling for Healing Workshop
As caregivers of children with special needs, we are always being asked questions about our child – from doctors, teachers, strangers, family, etc. The questions can often feel insensitive, hurtful, and leave us feeling fragmented. This constant barrage can make our children and us, as caregivers, feel invisible, because ultimately the questions are not about our wonderful children or our care-giving, but about diagnoses and behaviors – about ‘problems to be solved’.
This session will focus on the power of storywork for healing in caregivers. We will discuss strategies for deciding what to share with whom, how to contextualize your story in a way that leaves you and your family feeling whole and respected, while at the same time being a more effective part of your child medical and educational team.
This workshop is a break-out session at the ASK Resource Center 2018 Together We Can Conference at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. To register, click here. (Free for parents, guardians, family members and persons with disabilities. Childcare is available and requires a reservation with deposit. Child care slots fill up quickly, so make your reservation soon!
Friday, November 10, 2017, 10:15-11:45 am: Storytelling for Advocacy workshop
This workshop will discuss the power of the personal story to advocate for positive policy change. We will describe how people can become involved in the new Mothers on the Frontline Podcast project, in which participants share not only the experience of living with or raising children with mental illness, but other intersections salient to the story they wish to tell. The session includes an activity to help participants practice effective storytelling.
This workshop is part of the 2017 National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference, Orlando, Florida.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:30 pm: The Power of our Stories: Achieving Mental Health and Criminal Justice Transformation Through Women’s Advocacy
Members of the Essie Justice Group and Mothers on the Frontline will discuss the power and perils of uplifting the experiences of women in advocacy work. Panelists will explore the significance of bringing women’s stories into stigma-laden public debates, through a focus on advocacy at the intersection of mental health and incarceration. Leaders of Essie Justice Group and Mothers on the Frontline will discuss their methodologies and commitment to promoting healing and agency while avoiding voyeurism and further trauma in their efforts to leverage women’s stories to advocate for decarceration and the mental well-being of ourselves, children, and loved ones.
This Panel Discussion is part of Grinnell Prize Week at Grinnell College, Grinnell Iowa.
Saturday, September 9, 2017, 12:30 pm: Making our Stories Count: Advocating for Children’s Mental Health in Iowa
This session discusses the impact personal stories can make to change policy at the state level. It provides an overview of Iowa legislative initiatives currently underway concerning children’s mental health and discusses ways to get involved.
This session is part of the Please Pass the Love 2017 Iowa Parents of Children with Behavioral Health Conference, Des Moines, Iowa.