What is Storiez?
Storiez is a trauma-informed intervention designed to help trauma survivors- especially inner city youth- to create, voice, and honor their life narratives. It helps them consider the questions: “Where have I been? Where am I now? Where do I want to go?” It supports trauma survivors in reflecting on past challenges and strengths, creatively processing experiences, and thinking about what they want for the future.
What is the research behind Storiez?
Storiez is grounded in trauma theory and reflects an understanding of common factors and best practices for work with victims of trauma. It is grounded in the trauma literature and has been endorsed by some of the leading theorists in the trauma field. For more information about the theoretical foundation for Storiez, check out Dr. Meagan’s dissertation. A qualitative study was conducted on Storiez in 2016 through the University of Pennsylvania. Stay tuned for more information on how to access the results from the study.
What resources and training does Storiez provide? Who can attend Storiez trainings?
Storiez provides resources and training to three groups: clinicians, community leaders, and community members. Engaging resources and training opportunities are tailored to the needs and interests of each of these three groups.
Is Storiez only for youth?
Storiez meets best practices and common factors for trauma treatment across the lifespan. Although the materials were designed to engage inner city youth (not many resources are designed to specifically engage this population!), Storiez can be used with adults as well.
Where can Storiez be used?
Storiez is a flexible tool that can be adapted for a variety of settings. It can be used in residential, outpatient, school, community, medical, and many other settings.
How can Storiez be used?
Storiez can be used to help an individual create a life story or it can be used to focus on one particular time period or challenge in a person’s life. Storiez can be used to help people process a wide range of experiences including traumas, adverse childhood experiences, and stressors. It can be used in individual, group, family, and community contexts.
Does a client have to be able to read and write in order to use Storiez?
No. Storiez encourages and celebrates storytelling in a variety of formats. Potential options for storytelling include collage, photography, writing, dance, sand tray, video, and more!
How long does the Storiez process take?
It depends. Based on the setting in which Storiez is implemented and the amount of detail the individual chooses to go into for his/her story, the timespan for the process varies. For those using DIY Storiez, the process may take a few hours or a few weeks. For those going through the therapy version of Storiez, the process may take between one and three months.
What distinguishes Storiez from other interventions?
Many factors distinguish Storiez from other interventions. Storiez supports trauma survivors in processing their experiences in safe ways and at their own speed. Storiez assists individuals, groups, and communities in reflecting on past traumas as well as sources of strength and resilience. Storiez resources and trainings reflect social work principles including the client’s right to self determination, a strengths-based perspective, meeting the client where they are, and empowerment. Our organization was founded and created by a survivor of complex trauma for survivors of complex trauma.