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Narrative Medicine as Energy Psychology

Post-Conference Workshop at the Canadian Association of Energy Psychology

6 CE Hours

Lewis E. Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD and Barbara Jane Mainguy, MA

Energy work is often done silently or with chatter.  We can be so much more effective when we simultaneously work with story, for stories direct us to patterns of energy which they store for our later use.  In this workshop, we will explore how stories are also energy medicine; how they change people, physiology, and diseases (which are, after all, patterns of energy). We will explore how to elicit the story of an illness and how to dialogue with an illness (even stubborn ones) to get them to tell their stories.  We will explore how to co-create with the client a healing narrative that can shift the energy and move us toward healing.  Knowing how to work with narrative can make the daily practice of energy psychology and energy medicine so much more effective and enjoyable.  It is also how we have seen Canadian aboriginal healers work within their own cultural practices, and we will close with a consideration of the linkages and similarities between energy medicine and aboriginal healing practices.

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona is a family physician, psychiatrist, geriatrician, neuropsychologist, with roots in Cherokee and Lakota cultures. He is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of New England and faculty member of the Family Medicine residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.  He is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont, and the Executive Director of the Coyote Institute, an entity dedicated to bringing the wisdom of the world's indigenous cultures into mainstream health care.

Barbara Mainguy is a creative arts therapist by training. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently affiliated with the School of Social Work at the University of Maine in Orono.  She is the co-author of Remapping your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story and is the Education Director for the Coyote Institute.


To register for the workshop:

One can register for the workshop without attending the conference.  Contact Lewis at or call him at 808-772-1099 for any questions.

Dates and Times

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3T3

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Learn more about Coyote Institute

  • We aim to enrich contemporary medicine and psychology with the knowledge and wisdom of indigenous cultures.

    Coyote is our muse, because Coyote is a powerful North American symbol for change and transformation.  Coyote's job is to intervene when any system gets rigid and inflexible, providing the input (perturbation) to move the system toward transformation (to shift a system into a new attractor basin).  Coyote is the only species in North America spreading into every habitat.  Plus Coyote is just downright fun.  Change and transformation can be humorous and counter-serious.

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Cost is $240 for non-members of CAIET and $220 for members (Canadian funds)

A Photo of

Lewis and Barbara

from a Parallel Dimension