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Reconnecting Through Storytelling

Everyone has a story to tell. Stories can transfer the audience to a place where they can vicariously learn to both understand the storyteller and collectively dissect the complexities of human experience, explore complex moral issues and experience situations they would never have an opportunity to encounter in their normal lives. Whether the storyteller or audience member is a student, faculty member, staff or patient, the experience provides an unparalleled opportunity to connect with others on a level not replicated with a PowerPoint presentation in a classroom or with a rushed exam in a clinical setting.

Join us in this free webinar as we explore how the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD) implemented “Behind the Smile”, a series of school-wide storytelling events designed to strengthen community connection and wellness. The evaluation results of the five past “Behind the Smile” events will also be discussed as we examine the impact of these sessions on participants.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Promote the conditions where personal stories can be shared in a safe and welcoming environment within a dental institution
  2. Apply storytelling as a means of connecting different members of a community, reducing isolation and practicing empathy.
  3. Examine data and testimonies from past events where storytelling was used to build interpersonal connections.
CE Information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by July 14, 2024. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.


All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.