These are some of the inspiring people who have shared their insights, ideas and work through our workshops, online courses, and collab presentations. We couldn’t do it without you!
Our Growing Community of Presenters
Elena Baskina (Moscow, Russia) is a co-founder and counseling psychologist at the Charity Foundation for Psychological support, «Будущее Сейчас». The Foundation embraces narrative practitioners committed to changing the way psychologists communicate and think of people who they are helping. The Foundation’s team implements and develops Narrative Practices in different context. Elena is teaching both the on-line and off-line courses on narrative therapy, An Introduction to Narrative Therapy, Principles and Skills for Collective Practices, Responding to Trauma. Her therapeutic practice involves working with women, who live with the effects of infertility, losing children and family members, traumatic experiences, anxiety and depression. Since 2010 Elena has run the support groups and developed collective narrative practices for various contexts.
Maggie Carey, (Adelaide, South Australia) is a founding member of the Narrative Practices Adelaide teaching faculty. She is the originator of the online course, An Introduction to Rich Story Development, and currently working with Rob Hall and Shona Russell on the next course in our Rich Story Development Series. A repeat presenter for our Refreshing the spirit of the work workshops, we were delighted to welcome Maggie back to Vermont in June, 2016 for two events including Responding to trauma and difficulties in people’s lives. Maggie has been involved in the practice of narrative therapy since the early 90′s and in the teaching of it for the past 10 years. Maggie’s therapeutic practice has seen her working alongside young people at risk, with women and children who live with the effects of violence and abuse, and with people having experienced trauma, particularly as refugees. (You can read more about Maggie by clicking here.)
Tom Carlson, Ph.D.
Tom Carlson (Fargo, USA) is a professor and director of the Couple and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at North Dakota State University and is the co-editor (along with David Epston) of a new journal dedicated to the reimagination of narrative practice called the Journal of Narrative Family Therapy. Tom has been practicing and teaching narrative ideas for over 20 years and has published several articles on narrative therapy that focus on helping therapists and the people that we work with to live out the spirit, values, and ethics of narrative ideas in their personal and professional lives. Tom is the developer of an alternative approach to narrative couples therapy called Relational Accountability (published in the International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work) which invites couples to nurture stories of love and compassion in one another through the intentional living out of narrative ethics in their lives and relationships. Most recently Tom partnered with his friend and colleague David Epston in developing an emerging performance based narrative therapy practice called Insider Witnessing Practices that seek bring forth the beauty and dignification of people’s lives in dramatic ways.
David Epston (Auckland, New Zealand)is the co-originator with Michael White of what has come to be known as ‘narrative therapy and community work’. The collaboration between David and Michael began in the late 1970s, as continued for many years. David’s best known publications are White and Epston(1990), Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends; Freeman, Epston and Lobovits(1997), Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families and Maisel, Epston and Borden(2004), Biting The Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia, Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with children’s imaginative know-how (with David Marsten & Laurie Markham) along with other collections of papers and book chapters. David has given several Vermont workshops and masterclasses on the poetics of inquiry: What is a good question? Where do questions come from? How are good questions related to good stories? What guides inquiry in narrative therapy? David is an eagerly anticipated guest presenter on The Collab Salon. In June 2017, he returned to Vermont to co-present (along with Tom Carlson) a June 15th workshop on InsiderWitness Practice and to cohost a gathering of Narrative Educators. To learn more, please visit our newly created Curated Resource Page: David Epston: Where the buses don’t run yet. and visit Educators Camp Followup.
Jenny Freeman has met with people ages 3 to 93 in collaborative practice, group, school, and inpatient settings since 1984, and still loves going to work each day. An international speaker, she has been an instructor and director of Arts and Healing at John F. Kennedy University and provides consultation and training for students at California Institute of Integral Studies as well as private groups. She currently works with Walden School in Berkeley, CA, on community psychology needs. To learn more about Jenny, click here. Jenny is the originator of an upcoming course in our Narrative in Action series.
Rob Hall (Adelaide, Australia), a social worker, has been working in the area of gender violence and abuse since 1980. Rob co-presented with Alison Newton the 2012 workshop in Vermont, Responding to Abuse Within Families and Building Ethical Resistance. Together with Maggie Carey and Shona Russell, he is involved in the development of our Rich Story Development series. Rob first worked in an emergency counselling service exploring approaches to inviting men to take responsibility for their violence and to find ways to ensure the safety and well being of people they had abused. He then joined a colleague, Alan Jenkins, in the further development of work with men who have perpetrated abuse. They formed a partnership, in this work, with Maxine Joy and Alison Newton and established an independent therapy centre. Since 1994, Rob has also been working with adolescents who have been sexually abused with a focus on Aboriginal adolescents, their families and communities. Rob has shared these explorations of practice in many seminars and workshops. In 2008, Michael White invited Rob to be an associate with his Adelaide Narrative Therapy Centre. Michael’s associates Maggie Carey, Shona Russell and Rob formed Narrative Practices Adelaide after Michael’s untimely death. You can read about Rob’s work in the online article posted on the Pratiquesnarratives.com website: Pitfalls and challenges in work with men who use violence against their partners.
SuEllen Hamkins, MD is a psychiatrist and author. SuEllen’s passion is helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of challenges and difficulties. Her work centers on three main areas: narrative psychiatry, college student mental health and mother-daughter relationships. She is Assistant Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. SuEllen is a co-founder of the Mother-Daughter Project, and has created a series of videos on helping mothers and daughter thrive. Her most recent book is The Art of Narrative Psychiatry, published by Oxford University Press. To read more, click here.
SuEllen gave the 2015 workshop, Working with people facing severe and persistent problems, and has presented on the Collab Salon on Working with People Who are Living with Serious and relentless problems or Mental Health Challenges. We eagerly await her upcoming online course, The art of narrative psychiatry, in our Narrative in Action Series.
Kay Ingamells M.S.W., (Auckland, New Zealand) has been working with individuals, children, young people and families since 1990. Kay began her career working with troubled young people and children in residential care and in specialist agencies, then spent nine years working in child and adolescent mental health. For the past ten years she has lectured in narrative therapy in higher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level and has been running a private therapy and counselling practice for children, families, young people and adults. For the last 12 years she has been supervised by the co-inventor of Narrative Therapy, David Epston, and has taught alongside David for the last 5 years. Kay has published several articles. She is currently writing and presenting about her apprenticeship with David Epston. She also provides one-on-one and group training called ‘Training Through Transcripts’, to narrative practitioners committed to bringing David’s practices into their own work.
Charley Lang, MFT (Los Angeles, California) created the online course, Queer Counseling & Narrative Practice and cohosts The
Charley Lang on his work as an Actor and as a Narrative Therapist.
Dean Lobovits, M.A. is a Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Berkeley California and an Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University. He authored legislation governing MFT’s in California and served for 14 years on the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Ethics Committee including six years as Chairperson. He has published a website www.narrativeapproaches.com and authored a book and articles on Narrative Therapy and Ethics and Law for psychotherapists. Other publications include (1995) Public Practices: An Ethic of Circulation. with R. Maisel and J. Freeman. In S. Freidman, (Ed.), The Reflecting Team in Action. New York: Guilford Press. Dean is the creator of the upcoming course in our Narrative in Action Series, Dilemma, Distraction, and Discourse: Ethically Informed Psychotherapy Practices.
Laurie Markham is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works across a broad range of issues with individuals, couples, youth, and families. She has presented on hierarchies of power and published in Family Process and The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Her fondness for young people and their families dates to her 10 years as a public school teacher. She is co-author of the soon to be completed Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Imagining New Possibilities with Young People and Their Families with David Epston and David Marsten. David and Laurie have been featured guests on The Collab Salon on Imagining new possibilities with young people and their families. Laurie was the first university faculty to create an independent study arrangement with a student for the online course, Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts.
David Marsten first stumbled upon Narrative Therapy in 1991 while training in Brief Therapy at MRI in Palo Alto, CA. Over a period of months he became intrigued by Narrative and has since made it his bookish and imaginative home. He developed a Narrative training program at Jewish Family Service of Santa Monica in 1992, and in 1998 moved on to establish a non-profit training and counseling center, Miracle Mile Community Practice, with the aim of furthering Narrative ideas in the Los Angeles area. He has taught for many years and presented internationally on topics ranging from internalized patriarchy to couples, and young people and families. He has co-authored several articles and is currently nearing the completion of a book, Through the Looking Glass: Narrative Therapy in Wonderland, with David Epston and Laurie Markham. David and Laurie have been featured guests on The Collab Salon on Imagining new possibilities with young people and their families. In our Narrative in Action Series, David is developing the online course, Narrative therapy with young people and families: Partnering with virtuous and imaginative partners.
Linda Moxley-Haegert, (clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist) has practiced narrative therapy ideas since 1991 including: for 9 years, work with adolescents expelled from school in a special program designed to keep them in school; for 35 years, work with children and their families in children’s hospitals; and humanitarian work with training of caregivers in narrative ideas in Rwanda, Burundi and Chad. Currently, Linda works with both youth and adults who experienced traumatic events and is developing her private practice called Narrative Journeys (see Psychology today). She has published her narrative ideas in the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Journal of Health Psychology and COGNICA. She has presented on Friday afternoons at Dulwich Centre (Hopework – in French and English) and will soon present ‘Leaving a Legacy and Letting that Legacy Live’ (palliative care project in both French and English). A book chapter (in French), to be published in France, will present the narrative community work she developed with parents of children who died. Having started learning narrative ideas through Michael White workshops, Linda presented‘Recuperating Michael White and Recuriositizing Narrative Practice at the 12th Therapeutic Conversations conference in Vancouver. We are delighted to welcome Linda as a featured guest for The Collab Salon.
Alison Newton, a psychologist (Adelaide, Australia), works in a narrative approach with women who have been subjected to abuse by their partners. She was the first family therapist in Australia to document and present a therapeutic approach to dealing with domestic violence. Alison developed her collaborative approach while working in a community health setting in an area considered disadvantaged.
Alison is experienced in providing therapy to women and men who have been violent to their partners. For more than 20 years, she has run a therapy support group and WOWSafe, an award winning social action group for women who have survived abuse within their families. In 1994, Alison established and became a co-director of The Nada Consulting and Training Centre, a therapy centre, with her colleagues Alan Jenkins, Rob Hall, Maxine Joy, and Penny Roughan. She continues to coordinate the social action group and consult with people marginalised by society. Alison co-presented with Rob Hall the 2012 workshop in Vermont, Responding to Abuse Within Families and Building Ethical Resistance.
David Paré, Ph.D., is a Counselling Psychologist and director of the Glebe Institute, a Centre for Constructive and Collaborative Practice in Ottawa. He is also a full professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches counselling and psychotherapy. David has written widely and presented internationally on the subject of narrative and postmodern therapies, as well as offering training and supervision in these areas. He is the author of The Practice of Collaborative Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013, Sage), and co-editor of two books about collaborative practices in counselling and therapy. He is in the final phases of completing an edited book with Cristelle Audet on Social Justice and Counseling.
David has maintained a mindfulness practice for the past 30 years. Along with Ian Percy, he co-presented a Collab Salon on Narrative & Mindfulness Practice, which is now available to Collab members in our library of Past Salons. We are thrilled to welcome David & Ian as co-presenters for a June 13, 2017 workshop in Shelburne Vermont: Integrating Mindfulness & Narrative Practice.
Ian Percy (Perth, Western Australia) is a family therapist, supervisor, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. Inspired by the writings of Michael White, David Epston and Alan Jenkins, he took a social constructionist and narrative turn in his practice some 25 years ago, intrigued by the power of cultural discourses and language to shape our lives and relationships. Ian has also studied and practiced various forms of meditation for four decades. The intersection of these influences led him to pursue an integration of mindfulness and Narrative Therapy, which includes attending to gestures and postures as expressions of distress, as statements of position, and as openings to preferred storylines. He is interested in notions of attentional capture and attentional choice, and the politics and ethics of mindful attention in therapy. Ian co-presented with David Paré the May, 2016 Collab Salon on Narrative & Mindfulness Practice.
Sasha McAllum Pilkington
Sasha McAllum Pilkington is a counsellor at Hospice North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand. She first met David Epston in 1986 when he agreed to be her supervisor while she was working for a mental health service in Auckland. Sasha then undertook training with David and Johnella Bird and has been learning and practising Narrative Therapy ever since. In recent years Sasha has developed a passion for writing stories that illustrate narrative practice (see Pilkington, 2014, 2016, 2017) and is now writing a book with co-authors Arthur Frank and David Epston illustrating Narrative Therapy in palliative care.
marcela polanco, was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, land of her Muiscan ancestors. Currently, she directs the Psychotherapy Services for Spanish Speaking Populations Certificate and the Master’s in Family, Couple and Individual Psychotherapy at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas. She is member of the international faculty team at the Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, Australia. As a featured guest of the Collab Salon, marcela presents, Stories that honor cultural integrity.
Beth Prullage, LICSW, is the Director of Clinical Programming at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, MA. She has worked at Providence for ten years in a number of clinical positions, including the Director of Social Services, and as the Senior Clinician on the Child and Adolescent Unit. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Faculty Field Advisor at Smith College School for Social Work, where she teaches courses in Clinical Practice, Narrative Therapy and Family Therapy.
Lynne V. Rosen
Lynne V. Rosen, LCSW (Los Angeles, California) has been engaged in therapeutic work for over 25 years in medical, residential, inpatient, community and private practice settings. She found her therapeutic and philosophical home in the early 90’s when she traveled to New York to hear Michael White and David Epston. Most recently, she has focused her attention on integrating Narrative Therapy with EMDR, Somatic Therapies and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with clients who are living with the effects of Trauma, Eating Problems and other difficulties that compromise relational well-being. Lynne co-presented(with Larry Zucker) the Collab Salon, Tales of Integration: Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and Somatic-Oriented Therapies . Through Faculty Offerings, Lynne is now offering The Em-bodying Conversations Consultation Group. Along with David Paré & Ian Percy, Lynne will co-present a two-day workshop, Extending the Histories of Narrative Practice: Creating Spaces for Emerging Approaches (June 12-13, 2017). Lynne is also a contributor to The Curated Resource: Honoring History, Bridging with other approaches.
Shona Russell, M.A. (Adelaide, South Australia), has made narrative approaches to therapy and community work her focus for 20 years through her work in non-government organizations and in independent practice. Along with Gaye Stockell and Peggy Sax, Shona has presented two Extending Narrative Practice: Refreshing the Spirit of the Work workshops in Vermont, and is involved in the development of our Rich Story Development series. She was an active member of The Dulwich Centre teaching faculty, where she and her close colleague Maggie Carey played a primary role in developing the skills practice component of the International Training programme. In 2008, Shona joined Michael White, Maggie Carey and Rob Hall in Narrative Practices Adelaide. Shona continues to be inspired by those with whom she works both in counseling and teaching contexts including in Bangladesh, Columbia, Mongolia, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Canada and France. She has written and co-authored numerous articles and books.
Peggy Sax, Ph.D. (Middlebury, Vermont), is in independent practice as a Licensed Psychologist, consultant, international teacher and international trainer. She has apprenticed herself to narrative therapy since the early 1990s. She is the author of several articles, the book, Re-authoring Teaching: Creating a Collaboratory, this companion Re-authoring Teaching website and founder of The Collab. Whether online, on-the-road or within her beautiful home state of Vermont, it gives her great joy to bring together favorite people, ideas and practices – to learn, engage, play and replenish together.
Gaye Stockell, M.A., Sydney, Australia, started her exploration of narrative ideas and practices 20 years ago in Sydney, whilst working in community mental health services. Working in partnership, she introduced narrative conversations to people experiencing severe mental illness concerns and as a new approach to therapeutic group work.
In her independent practice as a registered psychologist, Gaye continued to explore narrative practices through her conversations with families, couples and individuals as well with the counselors, psychologists and social workers she meets in consultations. Her consultation/supervision work has been in the areas of sexual assault, mental health, drug and alcohol, adolescence and services for people who are homeless.
She has taught at universities and institutions in Australia and overseas, including the USA, Cuba, New Zealand, Italy, Paris and the UK. Along with Marilyn O’Neil, Gaye recently recorded the (free to download) Friday Afternoons at Dulwich video, “Reconstructing identities and inviting preferred stories of self: Narrative practices in mental health settings and prisons.” Along with Shona Russell and Peggy Sax, Gaye has presented two Extending Narrative Practice: Refreshing the Spirit of the Work workshops in Vermont.
Maria Tiunova (Moscow, Russia) comes from a business perspective. Having spent over 15 years in advertising, doing strategic planning and people and culture work at Leo Burnett Creative Agency, she became fascinated by narrative ideas and started applying bits of them to her work. In 2016, she founded Communa Project meant to strengthen organisational communities through narrative practices. Maria does organisational and career counseling, and has a broader interest to working with communities in different contexts.
Larry Zucker, LCSW, presented a 2015 Vermont workshop and subsequently created the online course Escaping Blame: Helping couples develop account-ability. Larry has been practicing therapy and training therapists for over 30 years. He is a frequent presenter for- and participant in- The Collab Salon including Tales of Integration with Lynne Rosen (September, 2016), Introducing the new online course with Peggy Sax (August, 2016) and Escaping Blame (February, 2015). Larry’s background in social work and community organizing led him to see people in context, and to focus on strength and resiliency. Larry is committed to escaping blaming frames of reference in a field that encourage therapists to see people and relationships as problematic. He prefers seeing people as embedded in normal problems of living, full of untapped skill and knowledge for creating the lives and relationships they want, despite difficulties encountered, and to seeing therapy as a relationship that helps bring forth that knowledge.