Learn More About Storiez
Storiez Trauma Narratives supports trauma survivors as they create, voice, and honor their stories. Our mission is to offer engaging resources, interactive training, and community engagement opportunities to young survivors of trauma and their service providers. Our goal is to help youth creatively express past experiences, actively use their voices as a vehicle for change, and honor the strength and resilience within their narratives.
Mission & Vision
Mission Statement – Storiez Trauma Narratives offers engaging resources, interactive training, and community engagement opportunities to young survivors of trauma and their service providers with the goal of helping youth creatively express past experiences, use their voices as a vehicle for change, and honor the strength and resilience in their narratives.
Vision – To provide strengths-based, youth-centered resources and training to trauma survivors and their service providers that can be implemented across systems to promote a culture of healing, wholeness, and integration. To develop usable tools with relatable images and language with the goal of creatively supporting underserved, marginalized youth as they recover from the impact of trauma. To support youth, their service providers, and the greater community in identifying and sharing their sources of strength, hope, and resilience even in the face of overwhelming adversity.
Training & Resources
Storiez provides training and resources for three different groups: clinicians (licensed professionals, masters-level clinicians, and masters-level clinicians in training), community partners (teachers, family members, after school coordinators, direct care staff, mentors, coaches, etc.), and trauma survivors. Resources and training are specially designed to engage each group.
Storiez is a trauma-informed intervention designed to help trauma survivors- especially urban 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.
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.
Storiez provides resources and training to three groups: clinicians, community partners, and trauma survivors. Engaging resources and training opportunities are tailored to the needs and interests of each of these three groups.
Storiez meets best practices and common factors for trauma treatment across the lifespan. Although the materials were designed to engage urban youth (not many resources are designed to specifically engage this population!), Storiez can be used with adults as well.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.