Michael White loved to be in the company of children, and his work with children was filled with beauty, laughter and intrigue. He often spoke about the extreme importance of finding ways for children and families to address trauma. He received many referrals of children in child protection services as well as with larger systems such as Aboriginal communities impacted by suicide. In Africa, he met with over 60 agencies providing services to children impacted by AIDS epidemic. Since Michael’s passing in 2008, a number of initiatives have emerged and/or strengthened their narrative approach to working with children and their families. What contribution would you like to make to this tapestry of narrative initiatives with children, their families and their communities?

The Ummeed Child Development Center

The Ummeed Child Development Center (Mumbai India) provides specialized care for most developmental disabilities and has moved into areas of training, research and advocacy. It is now one of the country’s leading NGOs, much respected for its work in the field of children with disabilities.

The idea of Ummeed was born while Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy was working at Children’s Hospital in Boston as a Developmental Pediatrician. The resources available at the hospital and community there brought home to her the paucity of facilities available for children with developmental disabilities in India.

The Ummeed Training Center offers a year-long Mental Health Training Program that builds on narrative ideas and practices.

Learn more about The Ummeed Story

Narrative Therapy, Which Aims To Empower The Patient With Self-Generated Coping Skills Inspired By Fables, Is Finding Eager Practitioners At NGO Ummeed Child Development Center

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Crafting Another Narrative

The Room Full of Stories narrative therapy conference in Mumbai (October 2016), the first in the country, draws focus on how children with special needs can benefit from it.

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Journey of Metaphors and Metamorphosis

Aileen de Souza discusses applying Narrative as a psychologist at the Sethu Center for Child Development and Family Guidance in Goa, India for her final presentation of Ummeed Child Development Center’s year-long Mental Health Training Program in Narrative Therapy.

Please refer to the section Counseling in a Range of Contexts for glimpses into the Ummeed Child Development Center’s year long Mental Health Training Program, and emerging narrative practices in India.

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