Dr Marlene Winberg

PhD (UCT) MA FA (UCT) BA (UCT)

About

Dear Reader,


I have served the international human rights organisation, The World's Children's Prize Foundation, as coordinator and trauma counsellor for more than two decades. In this capacity, I have witnessed hundreds of resilient, yet desperately vulnerable women and children from all walks of life, tell their stories.


As a result of my long association with the narrative arts, healing and teaching, I registered for a PhD in the Faculty of Science at UCT in 2015, determined to find a scientific context for the union between narrative arts therapy and indigenous knowledge. I was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy for this trans-disciplinary research at the inter-sections of the arts, psychology, anthropology, literature and history (Winberg 2020).


This academic research enabled me to use my experience to develop a therapeutic narrative arts programme in consultation with indigenous communities in southern Africa, the University of Cape Town and the Dulwich Centre in Australia – a global pioneer in Narrative Therapy.


My current post-doctoral research is an investigation into the neuroscience of storytelling and the brain's incredible capacity for making sense of life through visual and verbal narratives.


Thank you for your interest.


Kindly,


Marlene.














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