Most schools would say that they endeavor to be a kind and warm environment, a place where real learning can take place in a safe and nurturing space, but in reality, school communities, as in all organizations, are made up of human beings, and human beings are complicated.
Interpersonal dynamics and conflicts of all kinds occur between members of any community. So how does an organization become more attentive to the needs of the community members in an authentic, meaningful way?
Unstorying is a tool for creating more authentic relationships within any community, team, or organizational environment, as well as in the participants’ personal life. This process addresses how we understand the patterns of how and why we interact, with an emphasis on empathy and the stories we believe about ourselves, and each other.
This leads to a deeper understanding of the dynamics we find ourselves in so that we can respond rather than react. We can then choose to respond with honesty and clarity, even in the most trying of circumstances.
This social-emotional learning process that helps to build a healthier community by addressing several components: Identifying dysfunctional patterns, interpersonal dynamics, communication skills and strategies, conflict resolution, honesty, a focus on compassion and empathy, and a willingness to create a stronger community for students, parents, faculty, and administration in schools, and between and among leadership, teams, and employees in other types of organizations.
If you would like to bring Unstorying to your school, team, or organization as a professional development workshop for faculty and/or staff/employees, or on a consultancy basis for administration/HR Departments, please contact Dr. Miller via the form on the Speaking Engagements and Professional Development Workshops page.