Why you'll love this course

The story of the Tiger, the Traveler, and the Bracelet will stay with you. You'll immediately see how it can be useful for clients as well.

Course description

Storytelling in psychotherapy is the act of telling a story with the aim of facilitating the client to better understand themselves. It bypasses common client defenses, such as over-analysis and hypercognition, and takes them directly into their feelings. This course discusses technique related to the use of story in therapy. Topics include the history and benefits of storytelling, how and why it works, a sample story, and facilitating your client in writing their own story.

2 Hours CE. Recorded video (non-interactive) format

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three benefits of storytelling in therapy

  • Facilitate the development of client insight through targeted storytelling

  • Apply at least two methods for engaging clients in therapeutic stories

  • Aid clients in utilizing at least three coping skills in the storytelling process in the event that they experience heightened anxiety

Course outline

1. History & benefits of storytelling
i. Therapeutic uses
ii. Indian literature
2. Why Storytelling Works
3. How to Engage the Client in a Story
i. Setting the stage
ii. Pacing and technique
4. Sample Story
i. The tiger, the traveler, and the bracelet
ii. Client insights and reactions
5. Sample Discussion Questions
6. Helping the Client Write Their Own Story
7. Coping Skills



Jessica Richmond, LMHC and Satyanarayana Dasa, PhD

Jessica Richmond is a Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor who blends Vedic and Western psychology approaches in the treatment of anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and relationship/parenting concerns. Satyanarayana Dasa holds multiple advanced degrees including a PhD in Sanskrit, a degree in Indian law, and a Master's of Technology in Industrial Engineering. He teaches Indian scripture and has published more than 20 books, including original translations of well-known works in Indian literature.

Additional information

Format and Length:

Recorded video (non-interactive) format; Total running time 124 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes a graduate-level understanding of psychotherapy practice and intervention.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists. 

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: April 24, 2020

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 2 hours of continuing education (2 CE credits) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.