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“It was good to talk about all of the things I’ve been through. It helped me speak my mind and get my thoughts out. It made me feel better about myself because sometimes you can’t always hold stuff in. It was good getting it out and talking about it.”

Meagan Corrado is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides clinical therapy to inner city youth in the Philadelphia and Camden, NJ areas.

“When I look back at my story, I realize how far I have come from being a very emotional kid to being a very positive and happy person.” “Something positive I got out of my story was that it helped me heal. I don’t have to secondguess my thoughts or feelings. Me writing a book with the help of my therapist helped me in many ways. My book helped me to open up and talk about things. This book was the start to my healing process. It was hard, but as it came to an end, it gave me a positive reason to keep going.” “The book reminds me… when I first open it… of pain, abuse. When I get past those chapters, I see my success, my achievements. Sometimes I have to go back to that book. I look back and I say to myself ‘Look y’all, I made it.’ I have to go to the end of the chapters to remember the good. Because the beginning is always going to have the pain and the hurt in it. The book lets me know that I survived. It lets me know that I can keep surviving. I just have to remind myself.”

She earned her Doctorate of Social Work from University of Pennsylvania in 2016, her Masters of Social Services from Bryn Mawr College in 2009, and her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Cairn University in 2008. She specializes in work with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. She completed trainings in Childhood Sexual Abuse Treatment, Trauma-Focused CBT, CBT, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Her experience includes clinical work in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, residential treatment facilities, schools, and homes. She takes a creative approach to her interventions with children, adolescents, and families, incorporating elements of art, music, poetry, and play therapy in her clinical practice. The author’s interest in helping others process difficult life experiences began at a very early age when she helped family members and friends process feelings about significant life issues. Storiez stems from the author’s own personal experiences with trauma, as well as her clinical work with children, adolescents, and families. [email protected] (267) -746 - 0049 P.O. Box 43232 Philadelphia, PA 19129 Special thanks to: Graphic Designer, Jeremy Guay of Peregrine Creative and Logo Artist, Leon Rainbow

Create. Voice. Honor.

STORIEZ Trauma narratives with inner city youth by Meagan Corrado

What is Storiez? Storiez is a 9-step process to help inner city youth create voice, and honor their life experiences. It is targeted toward children and teenagers between the ages of 7 and 19.

Potential Uses for Storiez Client populations: • Victims of abuse/neglect

Why Storiez? Several elements distinguish Storiez from other interventions. Storiez: • Is easy to follow and can be incorporated into a therapist’s existing treatment • Incorporates social work principles into its theory and application (client’s right to selfdetermination, individual empowerment, cultural sensitivity, and a strengths-based perspective) • Reflects an understanding of the powerlessness experienced by traumatized clients and minority groups

• Children experiencing issues relating to grief/loss • Victims of discrete and complex trauma including natural disaster, community/ domestic violence, accidents, medical challenges and additional traumas

• Works with rather than against client avoidance • Encourages therapists to pair training and experience with the steps

Resource materials for Storiez were created to engage inner city youth and their therapists. Storiez includes a therapist guidebook, a client guidebook, and supplemental videos. This guidebook includes clinical information for therapists seeking to use Storiez. It provides detailed information regarding how to implement each of the steps and includes “therapist scripts” to assist clinicians as they prepare clients for each step in the process.

Settings: • Outpatient • Community • In-Home • Residential

Treatment Modalities:

The client guidebook is a companion to the therapist guidebook. Each of the nine steps in the client guidebook is explained in a clear and concise manner. Analogies are used for each step to help inner city youth more easily navigate the Storiez steps.

• Individual therapy • Group therapy

• Has less restrictions on who it can be used with • Allows for inclusion of traumas, adverse life experiences, and sources of strength/resilience


Every person has a story. Embodied in every story are narratives of pain and suffering as well as narratives of strength and resilience. Storiez guides therapists through the ninestep process of helping inner city youth talk about their positive and negative life experiences. Storiez incorporates principles of social work practice into its theory and application. Ingrained in this intervention are the social work principles of the client’s right to self-determination, a strengths-based perspective, individual empowerment, and cultural sensitivity.

Videos include nine clips during which each of the Storiez steps is described. The Storiez video clips can be easily accessed by clinicians and are an effective tool for therapists to use in engaging and preparing youth.

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Trainings Half-day and full-day trainings can be provided for groups of 8 or more participants. Trainings begin with discussion of the impact of trauma on inner city youth and then progress to discussion about interventions for trauma-exposed children and adolescents. The Storiez intervention is then detailed in-depth, and participants are invited to view supplementary videos and story examples.

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