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February 2016 Collab Salon: Exemplary Tales: Part 2 with David Epston & Tom Carlson

Narrative therapy has depended heavily on the exemplary tale (otherwise known as the 'case story') as one of its most characteristic means by which its practice is told. Michael White had a mastery of such a form, and now David Epston continues in this tradition. In November 2015, we were delighted to welcome David, Sasha Pilkington & Kay Ingamells (Auckland), and Travis Heath (Denver) for a special two hour session of the Collab Salon about using case studies as pedagogy (Collab members can review this Past Salon here). This time, David was accompanied by his colleague Tom Carlson (North Dakota, USA) to share what they are learning from using exemplary tales as a pedagogy with Tom's students (Sarah and Anna) at North Dakota State University. Sasha Pilkington & Kay Ingamells also joined us. This was such a lively and thought provoking Collab Salon!

2018-02-25T11:19:48+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

James Doty- The Magic Shop of the Brain

Brain surgeon James Doty is on the cutting edge of our knowledge of the brain and the heart: how they talk to each other; what compassion means in the body and in action; and how we can reshape our lives and perhaps our species through the scientific and human understanding we are now gaining. The backstory of James Doty’s passions is told in his memoir, Into the Magic Shop. In the summer of 1968, in [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:23+00:00 February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Bay Area Narrative Therapy Resource (BANTR) Radio!

Will Sherwin Will Sherwin made a podcast about narrative therapy. Here are the first six episodes BANTR#6: Peggy Sax, Ph.D. — Peggy’s history with narrative therapy, reclaiming community out of personal catastrophe, and BANTR#5: Zemeira, Singer, MFT — “The Game of Life” and community mental health in Alameda County, California. BANTR#4 is an interview with Jeffrey Jamerson about bringing together Expressive Remix Therapy, Hip Hop, and Foster Care. BANTR#3 is a discussion of [...]

2017-09-04T19:39:22+00:00 August 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Change as creating

The Taos Institute website posted this very interesting short video: We live in a complex and continuously changing world, which requires us and the organizations we work in to change along with it. But change is hard, and most of us aren't very good at it. This short video introduces a different approach to change with an unexpected example: Charlie, a theater director. One of the creators of this video is Karen Dawson [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:25+00:00 August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Lesson 1: What is narrative therapy?

Have you reviewed our first lesson here? We begin by briefly describing narrative therapy and what makes this approach distinct from other approaches. We honor the legacy of Michael White (Australia) and David Epston (New Zealand) the founders of Narrative therapy with special added remembrances to Michael who died in April, 2008. Michael’s close colleagues – Maggie Carey, Rob Hall & Shona Russell – reflect on  the practices that make up the narrative approach, and their [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:33+00:00 July 25th, 2015|0 Comments

1b) How is narrative therapy distinct from other models?

Kaethe Weingarten A 1999 interview with Kaethe Weingarten conducted by Vicki Dickerson: This interview gives an excellent brief overview of the history of narrative therapy, and of the distinctions from other models of family therapy. Click here to review the interview. Jill Freedman In the USA, the Sandy Hook School shooting in Connecticut (December, 2012) weighed heavily on just about  everyone's hearts and minds. It was so horrific beyond imagination.   [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:33+00:00 July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Lesson 1b) Distinctions from other approaches

Narrative therapy often highlights distinctions from other models of psychotherapy. For those of you new (or relatively new) to narrative therapy: What stands out to you as apparent differences? What peaks your curiosity? Do you have questions for folks with experience practicing in these ways? For more experienced narrative practitioners: if you have practiced in other ways, what is your first hand experience with what might make narrative therapy distinct from other approaches to psychotherapy, [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:34+00:00 July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Lesson 1b) What are some of the questions we ask?

(Before responding, please listen to the brief radio interview with Jill Freedman in the aftermath of the tragic Sandyhook School shooting in Connecticut in December, 2012.   In this brief radio interview, Jill Freedman does a remarkable job showing how narratively-oriented questions can contribute to the public dialogue. What stood out to you about Jill's questions? Did you notice anything different about Jill's narratively oriented questions from other approaches to trauma recovery? How [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:34+00:00 July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Lesson 1b) Radical listening- Kaethe Weingarten

(Before responding to this question, please be sure to read the brief 1999 interview with Kaethe Weingarten conducted by Vicki Dickerson that gives an excellent brief overview of the history of narrative therapy, and of the distinctions from other models of family therapy. Click here to review the interview.) After reading this article, what contribution does this interview offer to your understandings of narrative therapy? What stands out to you about the history of narrative [...]

2015-08-08T09:54:31+00:00 July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Lesson 1) Applications in everyday practice

As you read through the abundance of materials in the first section, "What is narrative therapy?", can you help us ground the concepts here in your every day practice? - Is there a story that come to mind from your own work context that can help make these ideas come alive? - Can you briefly describe your work context? - How have you understood a key narrative concept in this particular context? - When did [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:34+00:00 July 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Lesson Two: Philosophical & Historical Foundations for Narrative Therapy

Who are our intellectual ancestors? What kinds of developments have influenced the ideas guiding narrative therapy? Before joining this conversation, please review the materials in the second lesson Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts (here). a brief orientation to postmodern approaches as a cultural phenomenon impacting the fields of philosophy, architecture, literature, music and other expressive arts. situating narrative practice as a development not only within the field of family therapy but rooted in post-structrualist philosophy, literary theory [...]

2015-08-08T09:55:15+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Lesson 2a & 3a) Foucault

Peggy Sax Those of us who had the privilege of knowing Michael White can remember how often he used the word “Joy.” Here is what he wrote about the joy he experienced reading Foucault: “Upon first reading Foucault on modern power, I experienced a special joy. This joy was in part due to his ability to unsettle what is taken-for-granted and routinely accepted, and to render the familiar strange and exotic. Apart from [...]

2017-08-01T14:51:34+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|0 Comments