The service-learning work of the CSN comes out of a tradition of narrative theory and narrative therapy/counseling. Narrative theory is a multidisciplinary effort to understand how stories help people make sense of the world and how people make sense of stories. Narrative therapy/counseling places importance upon narrative as stories of people's lives that can be changed through particular tellings and retellings. Through people's many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities, they can reduce the influence of problems in their lives by re-authoring their own stories. While our service learning does not involve formal counseling or psychological interventions, as a foundation of our service mission, we believe a person receives a significant emotional benefit when someone takes the time to listen to their story.
The following courses required service learning activities that involved interviewing a community member in a marginalized/underpublicized population and crafting a digital narrative:
|Course Name||Population||Number Completed|
|Lifespan Development (2 Sections)||Older Adults||47|
|Job Analysis||Disabled Adults||15|
|Substance Abuse||Recovered Addicts||22|
|Narrative Theory||Oppressed/1st Time Travelers||11|
- Study of African American life and culture in coastal Georgia with Penfield history students involving interviews and the creation of digital narratives.
- Study of Veterans Oral Histories in conjunction with Library of Congress with Penfield Students studying Family Systems Theory.