• Adele Baruch University of Southern Maine


The Courage and Moral Choice Project (CMPC) is introduced, as is the associated research. Stories of helping under duress were brought to various settings, most extensively to high school students with integrated teacher and curriculum support. Listening to these stories appeared to elicit increased memories of helping experiences, as well as increased sharing of personal stories by participants, if engaged in a safe and/or nurturing environment. For a number of students, the stories inspired questions of moral choice and a view of oneself as part of a community “that helps.”

Keywords: identity, development, altruism, stories of helping, inclusive care

Author Biography

Adele Baruch, University of Southern Maine

Associate Professor and Chair of Counselor Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

How to Cite
Baruch, A. (2020). Preface. Narrative Works, 9(1), 1. Retrieved from