Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Digital Storytelling for the Self-Advocacy of Marginalized Identities Theory and Practice

Digital Storytelling for the Self-Advocacy of Marginalized Identities: Theory and Practice
Sonja Vivienne

To thine own self be true.

—Polonius, in Hamlet, William Shakespeare (1600)

People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.

The Second Sin, Thomas Szasz (1974)


This chapter explores understandings of well-being and identity as framed in digital storytelling practice. I describe workshops in which vulnerable people, in recovery from social marginalization,1 learn to use digital media tools in order to create and share their personal stories. I argue that, in examples of nuanced workshop facilitation, the agency storytellers acquire in constructing their digital self-representations and the ownership ...

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