Narrative Medicine teaches warriors the skills of radical listening and close reading of text to enhance the telling of one’s own story. Initially developed by Columbia University as a way to teach medical doctors, surgeons, and other health care professionals how to listen for narrative instead of looking for symptoms, Narrative Medicine has been utilized by diverse groups seeking a deeper level of self expression.
Adopted by TRR in 2017, Narrative Medicine offers warriors opportunities for reflection, creative expression and self-empowerment which complements the work done though other therapeutic modalities. Since writing is a process of discovery, no writing experience or level of skill is required. Narrative medicine sessions help warriors to reclaim the words, truths, stories, and strengths that had been stripped away by the winds of war.
Conducted in group sessions during Warrior Camp, Narrative Medicine facilitates the building of community.