Writing the Creative Self in Grief:
Listening for Stories, Poems, and Dialogues of Resilience
Earn Credit for 1 Technique Module toward
Offered by the Portland Institute.
"The Widow Maker" by Darrin Hartman
January 14, 2021
Reinekke Lengelle, PhD
Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Studies
with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Athabasca University, Canada
USD$99 for 3-hour module
Based on her own two-year journey of writing the self after the death of her spouse, researcher and life-writing professor, Reinekke Lengelle, invites learners to develop a stronger ‘internal dialogue’ as a part of their resilience. This module demonstrates that losing a loved one (or going through a non-death loss) is not only a matter of re-storying and integrating what has happened, but can also become a learning experience for the self. Learners will receive clear instruction on a number of useful writing exercises, including an accessible poetic creation that asks the question, "What has happened to who I am, now that I have suffered this loss?" Those taking this module will be introduced to Hermans’ Dialogical Self Theory, which defines identity as a “dynamic multiplicity of voices in the landscape of the mind,” and will learn how this conception of self can be used to creatively recruit various inner resources (or selves) when facing challenging transitions. We will clarify when writing is healthy to do in the face of loss and when caution is required. The aim of this module is to show a variety of ways in which creative writing techniques can be used to strengthen resilience. The model of transformation through writing will be explained in order to understand how the process of writing-the-self in grief might unfold and where a particular person may be blocked.
Facilitate clients’ use of Proprioceptive Writing in the face of loss in order to teach them how to begin to listen in and combine expressive and reflective modes of being;
Learn the model of Transformation through Writing in order to understand the stages that are involved when one uses creative writing practices to move from victim / struggle stories to more life-giving narratives of self in the face of loss; and
Facilitate clients’ use of Who Am I Now poetry to identify key dialogical positions on which they can draw as creative resources.
COURSE PACK PROVIDES
Clear instructions for all the above techniques, which learners are free to duplicate for their use in teaching, grief counseling, and therapy;
A PDF copy of all the slides used in the presentation; and
Rubrics for brief reflective writing that, upon completion, confers credit of 1 Technique Module leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction or Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy (3 hours total activity, including 2-hour webinar and approximately 1-hour reflection).
9-11am, PST: Portland, OR, which corresponds to 12-2pm in New York, 5-7pm in London, and 6-8pm in Amsterdam.
The Zoom meeting link and the module materials will be emailed to all registrants in due course.
GRIEF TRAINING FACULTY
Reinekke Lengelle, PhD is Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Studies with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University in Canada. She is a researcher in the area of narrative career development, writing for personal development, and writing the self in bereavement. She designs and teaches both online and face to face. She has been teaching and developing this type of writing for 24 years and is also a researcher with The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. Lengelle began her career as a playwright, poet, author of non-fiction, and ran a small publishing house called Black Tulip Press. She is currently symposium co-editor with the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling and is part of an international group of scholars in the area of narrative and dialogical career guidance. Her forthcoming book to be published by Routledge is entitled Writing the Self in Bereavement: A Story of Love, Spousal Loss, and Resilience, an authoethnography of her experience as a widow reconstructing her life and her relationship to her husband, Frans, following his death. In it, she sharpens and deepens the relevance of life writing, for not only giving voice to the emotional and relational nuances of grief, but also for learning the affirmative lessons of loss as our lives continue to evolve.
Reinekke Lengelle, PhD
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