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Extracting nuance from literature, media, and each other with Shari Foos

Shari Foos, psychotherapist and narrative medicine facilitator, leads an experiential workshop focusing on the impact of language, both written and spoken words. Participants of this workshop will closely analyze pieces of literature, film, and video as examples of narrative medicine. Storytelling and reflective writing exercises will be used as catalysts for discussions of empathy, ethics, and social justice.

July 20, 2013 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
Address provided upon R.S.V.P.

Shari Foos is a psychotherapist and narrative medicine facilitator with offices in New York and Los Angeles. A graduate of Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Program, she teaches the multi-disciplinary field to medical students as well as undergraduates. In addition, she has adapted the theories and practice of narrative medicine for workshops designed for organizations, businesses, adolescents, and at-risk populations. Her focus is strengthening communication, empathy, and humanistic values through the contemplation of literature, media, and each other.

A passionate advocate of democratic education for underserved populations, Foos founded The Bridge Program in 1999 at Antioch University Los Angeles. The program is a free, yearlong, university-level humanities course for poor and marginalized adults. The Bridge has partnered with numerous community agencies to provide a life-changing educational experience for previously undereducated and ignored populations. Many Bridge alumni have gone on to become college graduates and community activists. She is a clinical member of The New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Counseling Association, American Psychotherapy Association, and The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is also a member of SAG/AFTRA and The Writers Guild of America West.

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