Master author, illustrator and storyteller, Gail E. Haley has created a book about substance abuse in contemporary family life. The book uses allegory in which the ‘beast’ takes over a parent during active abuse.
As a progressive disease the ‘beast’ becomes more and more powerful until it controls the abuser’s life. Children who observe this transformation often become confused, hurt, angry, distanced and alienated.
Many children growing up in such circumstances find it difficult or impossible to communicate their experiences, fears and pain. This process can cripple them emotionally, psychologically and impair their ability to concentrate at school, placing them at greater risk.
MY FATHER’S BEAST and the workshop based upon it [Telling the Untold Story] is a strategy that encourages children and alcoholics to articulate their situation to counselors and caregivers without guilt or fear of reprisal.
Counselors, teachers, caregivers who work with children from dysfunctional families, particularly those with alcohol/chemical abuse and dependency.
Length of Workshop:
-Participants will explore the role of storytelling as therapy & catharsis.
-Participants will practice the manipulation and presentation of narratives [characters, settings, conflict, crisis, resolution] using die cut figures created by the author/artist.
-Participants will explore techniques for helping children use their own figures, collages, sets and backgrounds to express themselves and their own circumstances.