Health, Narrative and the Arts

Health, Narrative and the Arts offers training in narrative skills for professionals in healthcare and social work.

Open books scattered across a wooden base. Filtered light descends on them.

Introduction

Listening is an essential skill in healthcare and social work. Recognizing how stories work and how they are told and interpreted helps healthcare professionals to reflect on their clinical work, to strengthen their biomedical expertise, and to promote collaborative, person-centered clinical practices.

Health, Narrative and the Arts offers training in narrative skills for professionals in healthcare and social work. The project also hosts a lecture series inviting international pioneers of narrative medicine and health humanities to discuss health, illness and mortality from the interdisciplinary perspectives of medicine, literature, the arts and humanities. In addition, the project launches a research initiative exploring the intersection of health, illness and narrative.

Health, Narrative and the Arts is housed at the Theatre Academy under the Writing MA program.

Resources

Contact information for the project

    • Jussi Valtonen

    • Visiting Professor, Kirjoittamisen maisteriohjelma, Theatre Academy
    • Marja-Leena Pétas-Arjava

    • Senior Advisor, Kumppanuuspalvelut, University of the Arts Helsinki
    • +358503085749

Project name

Health, Narrative and the Arts

Time

01/2021

Funder

Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation