Our public blog is filled with a mix of news, updates, narrative therapy resources, book reviews, inspirations and provocations. You can also find places to join in with your own comments.
Black Lives Matter. Matters. Narrative Therapy has “mattering” at its heart. It has always been about helping people re-story and restore their lives according to their own deeply held values, according to what matters to them. We’ve long sought to support people in finding ways to resist the individualizing, psychologizing, decontextualizing, and pathologizing descriptions of their struggles that much of the world—and much of our field—reproduce and reinforce. But the time has come for us to acknowledge the insufficiency of our past efforts. ...
Anti Burnout, Delving Into Difference, Inclusivity, Climate Change- and Other Themes -for the Coming Year
September is a time for new beginnings. We live in difficult times when we need more than ever to build communities of shared purpose, focus our energies on what matters most to us, and to sustain our spirit in the work. A big thank you to The Reauthoring Teaching Board and to everyone' contributions in the past year to The Collab Salon, Narrative Camp & Workshops, Online Courses , Faculty Offerings. We are especially excited for opportunities to participate in so many conversations across narrative generation(s). Our hope is that our mission will continue to guide us over the coming year(s). Please join us in bringing the invigorating and community building spirit of Narrative Camp 2019 into our coming year. Read below to learn more about themes guiding what's emerging in our 2019-2020 Narrative Training initiatives.
Thank you Sasha- and to all of whom participated in Sasha Pilkington's workshop, A Narrative Approach to Therapeutic Conversations at the End of Life. This gathering was the first in our 2018019 Refreshing the Spirit of the Work workshop series of smaller, local workshops.
A new round of customized Faculty Consultation Groups will begin meeting through Zoom in September 2018. These groups are in addition to the ongoing apprenticeship training opportunity with David Epston, Tom Carlson & Kay Ingamells. Wherever you are situated around the world, we invite you to join us in real-time for these enlivening group experiences.
Over the past several months, our website has been experiencing significant technical glitches. Our sincere apologies for any frustrations w these problems have contributed to your lives and work. Dealing with these problems has brought forth much reflection leading to initiated some major improvements. Please join me in welcoming our new Reauthoring Teaching Team Members. And check out our upcoming Narrative Training initiatives!
We at Re-authoring Teaching hope to contribute to a richer conversation about how, as a community, we make space for useful dialogue about all the variations and emerging approaches. In a previous News Blog entitled What are Insider Witness Practices, we posted some background information in the hopes that by educating ourselves, we can each decide for ourselves about the value, ethics and possibilities for this set of practices in training, supervision and higher education. Below you will find links to the Newsletter that sparked the controversy, to a previous newsletter that ironically argued against handling differences in the narrative community in injurious ways, and to some initial responses from those who feel like the descriptions of Insider Witnessing Practices have been inaccurate and unfair, and who feel that the process by which these concerns have been aired involved questionable ethics and use of power. We also include some of our Board’s contributions as we reflect on Narrative Luminaries, Online Ethics, and our intentions to continue this conversation. Please join us!
Some of you may be aware that in the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy December newsletter, Stephen Madigan wrote about Tom Carlson and David Epston’s recent work on Insider Witnessing Practices in a manner that many have found distressing. As narrative therapy continues to grow and evolve, we at Re-authoring Teaching hope to contribute to a richer conversation about how, as a community, we make space for dissent, worry, doubt, and concern about the various directions that the work will go. Many of the Re-authoring Teaching Board have had a chance to learn about IWP from its creators. We encourage you to explore the work as described by its creators, and then join the conversation about the value, ethics and possibilities for this set of practices in training, supervision and higher education.
Re-authoring Teaching has selected three Customized Faculty Consultation Groups as extensions of our training initiatives and to further build our global learning community. Wherever you are situated around the world, you are welcome to join us in real-time for these unique group experiences. Please sign up soon if you would like to register especially since these groups start in September/October. In addition, we include a unique apprenticeship training opportunity with David Epston, Tom Carlson & Kay Ingamells! Wherever you are situated around the world, you are welcome to join us in real-time for these enlivening group experiences.
Who needs some good news? We sincerely hope these Re-authoring Teaching offerings will offer a ray of hope and possibility for 2017. Early Bird registration is now open for three workshop days in June! Narrative Camp 2017 details are now ready. We've also added two new sections to our website: Curated Resources & Faculty Offerings.
From the get-go, engaging prose makes this book fun—yes, fun!—to read. Vivid transcripts reveal the powers children have when their imagination, ingenuity, and sense of humor are engaged. Creativity is central to narrative therapy, as is moving past one-size-fits-all solutions. It is refreshing to learn how the creative capacities of each child and family can be channeled towards elegant and often unique resolution of the challenges they face, and to see the 'wonderfulness' of [...]
Course Registration Now Open! Escaping Blame: Helping Couples Develop Account-ability with Larry Zucker, LCSW, has been in development for over a year. We are very excited to share the six lessons with you. The course draws from a range of multi-media resources with built-in opportunities to interact with Larry and with each other. Each lesson captures some of Larry's best teaching moments and then demonstrates the practices with clips from simulated interviews. We also explore transcripts, and provide exercises [...]
We are delighted to announce Lynne V. Rosen, LCSW as our newest member of our Re-authoring Teaching Faculty. Currently practicing in Los Angeles, California, Lynne 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, Lynne has focused her attention on integrating Narrative Therapy [...]
David Marsten David Epston Laurie Markham David Marsten, David Epston & Laurie Markham launch their new book. Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with Children's Imaginative know-how will soon be published by WW Norton! This innovative book makes a significant contribution to recognizing and utilizing the power of children’s voices and imagination in narrative therapy. Join us for our first Collab Salon book launch - Sunday, April 17 @ [...]
Please note: Originally planned for Treleven Farm, Maggie Carey's Live Interviews workshop quickly sold out. We have moved the location to All Souls in Shelburne, Vermont to make more room. If you were on the waiting list - or hadn't yet gotten around to signing up - please register as soon as you can to ensure a spot! Registration is open for Maggie Carey workshops in Vermont - and filling up fast! Both workshops put ideas into practice through discussion, [...]
The Ummeed Child Development Center – one of the premier non-profit organizations in India working with children with disabilities- is taking a number of initiatives to offer trainings in narrative therapy. Along with Narrative Practices Adelaide, it is an honor for Re-authoring Teaching to partner with this group, to witness their commitment to high quality training, and to support their growing number of training initiatives. The Ummeed Mental Health Teaching Team Jehanzeb Baldiwala Jehanzeb Baldiwala -therapist, supervisor, trainer [...]
The online course, Escaping Blame: Helping Couples Develop Account-ability with Larry Zucker, LCSW is now in active development, and scheduled to begin in September 2016! This course is organized into six lessons exploring therapeutic conversations that are possible when Accountability emerges as practice distinct from Blame, and what we can do as therapists to nurture that distinction. The course builds on a number of materials including video clips from Larry's June, 2015 Vermont Workshop, Escaping Blame: Helping couples develop account-ability; simulated interviews, exercises, [...]
Collab Salon Schedule for 2016 January 17, 2016 - Re-imagining Narrative Practice: Where might narrative therapy go now? Sarah Hughes & Linda Moxley Michael White and David Epston wrote in 1992 that they vowed to preserve a spirit of adventure in narrative therapy and they knew that if they accomplished this the work would continue to evolve and to enrich our lives and those who consult us.’ What can we do to help this continuation? Do you [...]
Presented by SuEllen Hamkins, MD & Beth Prullage, LICSW Sponsored by Cutchins Programs for Children & Families January 14 and 15, 2016, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Northampton, Massachusetts, USA Smith College Conference Center Download the complete training brochure here Workshop Description The goal of this experiential two-day training is to enhance participants’ abilities to apply the principles and practices of narrative psychiatry and trauma-informed care in their clinical work. The focus will be on cultivating resilience through [...]
SAVE THE DATE! We have exciting news! A Room Full of Stories - the first International Narrative Therapy Conference in India- will take place in Mumbai, October 13-16, 2016. This gathering is co-hosted by Ummeed Child Development Center, Narrative Practices Adelaide and Re-authoring Teaching. Presenters include America Bracho, David Epston, Maggie Carey, Shona Russell, Peggy Sax, Jehanzeb Baldiwala, SuEllen Hamkins, Lisa Johnson, Scot Cooper, David Marsten, and Laurie Markham. If you've always wanted to visit [...]
Maggie Carey’s course, An Introduction to Rich Story Development is now open for registration! Course Description An Introduction to Rich Story Development with Maggie Carey offers a clear, concise and down-to-earth journey into topics about story development including the narrative metaphor, landscapes of stories, double listening, loitering with intent, mapping meaning and action, personal agency, listening for resonance, making links, and neurobiology. This course captures some of Maggie’s best teaching moments from her June, [...]
An Introduction to Rich Story Development with Maggie Carey follows six lessons: 1) A quick outline; 2) An overall map; 3) The conceptual landscape of meaning; 4) The doing and experiencing; 5) Neurobiology and story development; 6) Putting ideas into practice. This course is now under construction.
Re-authoring Teaching is initiating a collective Youtube Project called Why Narrative therapy? This shared project is a wonderful illustration of creating a collaboratory with people coming together for a common cause. We want to especially acknowledge Cindy Parrish (videographer), Charley Lang (editor) and Akansha Vaswani for helping create our new Re-authoring Teaching Youtube Channel including the "Why Narrative Therapy?" Playlist. Introducing the Why Narrative Therapy? Project SuEllen Hamkins, Charley Lang, Peggy Sax, Akansha Vaswani, and Larry Zucker describe [...]
July, 2015 Laurie Markham David Marsten On July 19 @ 5pm New York Time), Laurie Markham & David Marsten shared reflections on imagining new possibilities with young people and their families. Drawing from their own work as well as their current book project with David Epston, their presentation ignited lively conversation. Members of the Collab Salon can review - at any time- the archived materials from David and Laurie's webinar. Now, we can hardly wait for Laurie [...]