Upcoming Collab Salons

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Collab Salon Registration for 2018

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Get involved with our monthly webinar when online faculty and members from around the world meet together informally in real time for about an hour. Or watch the recording later in our growing library of Past Salons.

  • March 18, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Peggy Sax created The Michael White Legacy project as a companion to the narrative gathering on Coronado Island, San Diego. Building on the Legacy of Michael White: A Decade of Narrative Developments (March 28-30, 2018). Our hope is that others will now send us their contributions. Whether you can come to this event or not,  this community project  gives us many opportunities to  reflect together:  Looking Back, Exploring Initiatives Honoring Michael’s Intentions, and Re-imagining the Future of Narrative Therapy.  Join us for this Collab Salon when we will share our collective efforts to create a collaboratory in honor of our mentor, Michael White.

  • April 15, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

What are some ways we can integrate Narrative and Yoga practices? What might this look like?  What are some of the questions, dilemmas that need to be considered when exploring such a combination? What are the ways in which these practices could work together to strengthen and deepen one another? Can we do this in ways that fit with an anti-oppressive approach to working with people and practices?  In this Collab Salon, Narrative practitioners and Yoga teachers Sarah Hughes and Kayla Robbins will reflect on these questions and share some of their experiences, ideas and struggles. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences and reflections, and to imagine new areas of possibility between these two practices. 

  • June 17, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Stephen Burton and Kevin O’Bryan will present their narrative therapy group, which acts as an ongoing laboratory to test out new and preferred identities in the social situation of the group, while discouraging group level stories. There will be ample opportunity for outsider witnessing and reflection within the group.

  • July 15, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

  What’s happening with Re-authoring Teaching? What’s going on behind the scenes?  Its become an annual tradition to set aside a Collab Salon to review new developments. We are eager to show off some new developments with our Faculty Offerings, Workshops/Narrative Camp, Community Higher Education/Educators Portal, Community and our Reauthoring Teaching Youtube Channel.  There will be lots to share, and we are very eager for your input. Please join us!

  • August 19, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Chris Darmody ( Perth, Australia) will describe Camp Retreat – a de-patholgising 3 day program for 20 young people aged 14-17 who are engaged in a mental health service. It is run 4 times a year and it is narratively informed. Many of the participants coming into camp will come with a mental health diagnosis and the stigma associated with engaging with a mental health service and the associated feelings of identity failure. The intention of the program is to separate a person from the problem and engage in different activities without the problem being present. By having this experience it is hoped that participants can return to their lives with an understanding of how much influence the problem has over their lives, decisions about how much they want a problem to be there, and skills to reduce its influence on their lives.

  • September 16, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Have Post Modern ideas failed effective work in partnering with our clients around the role severe depression plays in people’s lives? It is my contention it has. As someone with 43 years of lived experience with depression coming and going as an unwanted companion, Amy Gottlieb has been offered many well meaning yet unhelpful ideas from post modern practitioners. In this salon she will endeavor to generate thought about how holding a rigid post modern stance (in the name of not being rigid) may not serve our clients as they come to us for help to get distance from depression robbing them of joy. Please join us!

  • October 21, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

As someone who is interested in the intersection between psychedelics and psychotherapy, Gabriel Garcia has many questions about the changing landscape of these substances, their legality, and viability as agents of psychological change. Chris hopes to present some of the emerging models for working with stories of psychedelic experiences and fold these models into postmodern and narrative ideas. This will be a springboard for the creating a generative discussion for those who attend.

  • November 18, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

In this Collab Salon Sasha Pilkington shares a practice she calls a “virtue inquiry”. A virtue inquiry is an inquiry a counsellor undertakes with a person or persons that listens for and researches virtues that are valued by the person or persons the counsellor is meeting with.   Virtue inquires draw on ideas and practices developed by David Epston including “getting to know the person ahead of the problem”, “researching moral character” and “wonderfulness inquiries” with children. They also build from a paper by Eve Lipchik (1988) called “Interviewing with a constructive ear” that had an influence on Sasha’s early practice. Virtue inquiries take place with adults or young adults and so flow differently from “wonderfulness inquiries” (see chapter 2 in Marsten, Epston & Markham, 2016).

  • December 16, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Somatic therapies and a resurgence of interest in affect are two significant trends in recent times. These movements invite narrative-oriented practitioners to pause and unpack what claims are being made and their implications.In exploring challenges and possibilities, we will consider the dialogical features, affective tones, emotional depictions and embodied expressions of re-membering practices. We will focus on a notion of relational fields in instituting new forms of everyday living. Especially we will give attention to expanding relational fields of kindness when tyrannical and devaluing voices seek to usurp a person’s voice and erase their knowing about their achievements.