Re-authoring Teaching, Inc. is a consortium of narrative practice teachers, practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world who promote training and professional development in a narrative approach to therapy, organizational, and community work. The term, “Re-authoring Teaching” is a play on the term “Re-authoring Conversations” that Michael White and David Epston coined in their original description of narrative therapy. As a 501 (c)3 Non-Profit Organization, our collaborative venture shares expertise through training opportunities and online learning resources designed for practice, reflection, replenishment and community building. We seek to embody that spirit of collaboration and community by being such a community, and we invite you to join us in preserving, developing, and extending the legacy of narrative therapy.
Who We Are
Re-authoring Teaching, Inc. draws from the best of our teaching experiences and everyday practices as narrative practitioners with a focus on skill-building and application in a range of contexts. Our Partners and Narrative Faculty provide professional development, continuing education, training and education for many mental health and health care disciplines such as psychologists, clinical mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychiatrists.
What Do We Offer?
- The Collab Salon is a monthly webinar where online presenters and members from around the world meet together informally in real-time. Our Zoom meetings always occur between 4:00 – 5:30 pm (New York time) on the third Sunday of the month. Events are recorded, and then become available on-demand afterwards to all Collab Salon members including anyone not able to join in real time. Members can also earn CE Credits for attending or watching the entire year’s series.
- All of our self-paced Online Courses are also available for CE credit.Our narrative practitioner-faculty draw from the best of their teaching experiences and everyday practices. As of August 2022, we have five courses with four more in production.
- We specialize in Customized Faculty Consultation Experiences.These small groups with people from all over the world are great opportunities to hone in on specific- skill development.
- Higher Education brings together Our Partners and Narrative Faculty to build a supportive network, teaching materials and narrative practice resource library available to higher education institutions. We are eager to launch For Narrative Educators -a generative and supportive space for inspiration, conversation, resources for those involved in narrative therapy teaching and education.
- Our Vermont Workshops and Narrative Camps have brought together practitioners and teachers from all over the world drawn to informal opportunities for practice, reflection and replenishment. Check out Remembering Narrative Camp to get a taste of photos and videos, or take a look on our Past Workshops in order to know about teachers and topics ranging from: emerging approaches to narrative practices, responding to trauma, hope and beauty, magic, ethical resistance, and of course, refreshing the spirit of the work.
- Check out our public Re-Authoring Teaching YouTube channel! We are constantly adding new free videos, organized in playlists influenced by the 12 Hot Topics. Each video gives glimpses of rich online content from Narrative Camp, workshops, glimpses into our online courses, and presentations recorded by our partners. For example, you can find the entire Vermont Narrative Camp Playlist on our Reauthoring Teaching Youtube channel.We’re constantly working to add new videos, so check the channel often!
- Having celebrated our 10 anniversary, we’ve been spending time looking back and building new directions. In 2021, we identified Eleven Hot Topics & One Burning Topic to guide our narrative training activities.
- The Narrative Network Collaborative Training Calendar is an endeavor, together with our partners, to create a central place to find, coordinate and support high quality independent narrative trainings around the world : 1) training events; 2) narrative training intensives, international diplomas, and apprenticeship programs; and 3) online courses.
If you believe in our mission:
Join our monthly real-time meetings on zoom with access to archived materials, and The Conversation Lounge (a streamlined, user-friendly version of our previous Conversation Forum). Our annual membership costs only $100. Become a member and then spread the news to others. Every membership helps us further develop our resources. Sometimes members surprise us by adding a tax deductible donation to their subscription fee.
Several courses are now available for registration. Others are in development. These courses are a great way to learn, meet others and earn CE credit. Register and then encourage others to join you. Help us think creatively how we might adapt these courses to different contexts.
Our Vermont workshops bring together nature, rigorous practice, outdoor adventures, good food and good company. We do our best to help individuals and groups find cottage rentals on Lake Champlain to enjoy “narrative camp” for the entire week. These gatherings are ideal for retreat, relaxation, stimulating conversation, catching up with colleagues & old friends, and embarking on shared projects.Unfortunately, these gatherings were put on pause at the start of the pandemic. Next steps for in person gatherings have not yet been determined.
Check out our vision for how Re-authoring Teaching is growing as a higher education resource. Contact us if you are an administrator, faculty, researcher or student who might contribute to making this vision become a reality.
Check out our Facebook page, ‘like’ us, and help us develop our social network.
Our Founding Board of Directors 2014 – 2017
With deep gratitude to our illustrious founding Board of Directors:
- Co-president: Jennifer Freeman (co-author Playful Approaches to Serious Problems)
- Co-president: David Epston: Co-founder, Narrative therapy
- Vice-president: Rick Maisel (co-author, Biting the Hand that Starves You)
- Treasurer: Dean Lobovits (co-author, Playful Approaches to Serious Problems)
- Joel Fay (Founding member, the First Responder Support Network)
- Suzanne Pregerson, Berkeley California Marriage & Family Therapist
Our Current Board of Directors
(Poh Lin Lee is our newest Board member and missing from the above photo).
We are so proud of and grateful to our Board of Directors:
- President: Larry Zucker
- Vice-president: Charley Lang
- Treasurer: Dean Lobovits
- Secretary: Sarah Beth Hughes
- Executive Director and Founder: Peggy Sax
- Additional Members: Kathie Adams, Barbara Herring, Poh Lin Lee, Rocio Ocampo-Giancola and Akansha Vaswani Bye