Telling the Stories of Life Through Guided Autobiography Groups

ISBN-10: 0801866340

ISBN-13: 9780801866340

Edition: 2001

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Description: Telling the Stories of Life through Guided Autobiography Groups, based on James Birren's 25 years of conducting autobiography groups, discusses all the topics an organizer faces while developing a program for adults who want to recall and write down their life histories. This book is ideal for adult education programs, church groups, social workers, psychologists, gerontologists, and others who work with adults who might be interested in exploring, recording, or sharing their personal histories. It helps professionals and trained workshop leaders at community centers, senior centers, schools and other settings guide group participants in exploring major themes of their lives so that they can organize and write their stories and share them in a group with others on the same journey. This exercise is rewarding for adults of any age in a period of transition or with interest in gaining insight from their own stories. Personal development and a feeling of connection to other participants and their stories is a natural outcome of this process. This book provides background material and detailed lesson plans for those who wish to develop and lead an autobiography group. The authors explain the concept of guided autobiography, discuss the benefits to the group participants, and provide logistical information on how to plan, organize, and set up a group. An appendix provides exercises, handouts, and suggested adaptations for specific groups. The book also explains a systematic method of priming memories, including the history of family and of one's life work, the role of money, health and the body, and ideas about death. At a time when rapid change has created a widespread yearning to write down and exchange personal accounts, sharing life stories can reveal a great deal about how we have come to be the persons we are. Telling the Stories of Life through Guided Autobiography Groups shows how to organize, record, and share life experiences through a proven and effective technique.

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Preface
Background and Workshop Organization
The Power of Autobiography
Who Should Do Autobiography?
Qualifications of the Leader
Organizing a Guided Autobiography Group
Small-Group Dynamics
Session Plans
The Major Branching Points in Your Life
Your Family
The Role of Money in Your Life
Your Major Life Work or Career
Your Health and Body
Your Sexual Identity
Your Experiences with and Ideas about Death
Your Spiritual Life and Values
Your Goals and Aspirations
Wrapping It Up
Appendixes
Sample Publicity
Session Handouts
Creating New Themes
Apapting Workshop Schedules
Annotated Reading List
Index
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