We simply could not have developed this website, The Collab Salon, Online Courses, Higher Education Teaching Topics and other Resources without the help of our partners. Simply put, “It takes a village to create a learning community.” Together we are co-creating working relationships based on Re-authoring Teaching’s five guiding principles. We continue to generate collaborative training ventures with existing and new partners—a whole world of possibilities is emerging, and each partnership is unique. Reach out to us with your ideas!
From the very beginning, Narrative Practices Adelaide has supported our efforts, and embraced online learning as a component of their Certificate Programme (see here). Along the way, The Taos Institute provided mini-grants to build bridges between social constructionist approaches and narrative therapy, and to support course development. Narrative Approaches has made many online resources available, and shares our commitment to honor the legacy of David Epston. Other partnerships soon began, as we embarked together on creating online courses, Collab Salons and Higher Education materials. Re-creating Narrative Therapy—our commitment to finding creative ways to support our international peers in translating into their languages and grounding their practice of narrative in local cultural heritage—brings forth many rich conversations and cross-pollination. We welcome new partnerships with people around the world!
It is with gratitude that we list the following partners — a list we hope will continue to grow.
BeKinbera is a German research project committed to the involvement and empowerment of children and young people in the consultation process. Project director: Dr. Heidrun Schulze. Hochschule Rhein Main – Department of Social Work, Wiesbaden, Germany.
Communa is a Moscow-based project applying narrative practices to organizations and communities. We work in business context with those companies interested in community development. We work with values, career pathing, we do skills trainings based on the idea of scaffolding, we work with culture, we are into any type of community building. We work in any format – including workshops, parties, email and slack – you name it. And we have a deep interest in new formats intersecting business trainings, narrative community work, performance and arts. For more information, join our Facebook Group.
Evanston Family Therapy Center provides workshops, consultation and supervision for people interested in learning to practice narrative therapy and community work.We keep our in-person and online training groups small so that we can tailor our teaching to participants’ contexts and interests, and so that we can adjust our pace to individual learning styles. Our ongoing programs are primarily taught by Jill Freedman and Gene Combs, who work closely with every group member.
The LA PoMo Google Group is a place for creating community and posting trainings, request for referrals and other meet-ups of interest for those practicing POMO therapy in the greater LA/SoCal area. The focus is Southern California, but there are members from around the globe. (Not a member? PLEASE go here and click on “Sign in and apply for membership.”). Since early 2015 there have been two large (more than 100 attendees) PoMo Gatherings (with an emphasis on keeping the fees as low as possible) and many wonderful & successful events. Movies watched & discussed, smaller gatherings with interesting conversations, many more members on the LA Pomo Google Group, many referrals have been requested and made, and the start of the POMO Therapists Group on Facebook. Please join the Facebook group if that would be of interest.
Narraventures accompanies groups, teams, individuals to help them reconnect with what has meaning and purpose for them, collectively and individually. Based in Paris and Biarritz, France, we offer activities in other parts of Europe such as our resourcing workshop in the Azores in May. We invite you to explore different adventures in the « narrative » mode and , to rediscover and reclaim the «rights of authorship” to your life, to rekindle your curiosity and your excitement your life and where it’s going.
Narrative Approaches is an online community, resource and an archive of Narrative Therapy conversations, ideas, inspiration, papers, art-work, poetry, stories, scholarship, and solidarity. It is also home to the Archive of Resistance, a lifesaving armory of words – fired at anorexia, bulimia, and negative body image in the battle for the sovereignty of mind, body and spirit.
Narrative Counseling Center provides strength-based psychotherapy services in Los Angeles for individuals, families and couples. The center was started by two marriage and family therapists, Lucy Cutter and Charley Lang, who share the belief that people are inherently resourceful and the experts on their own lives.
The Narrative Therapy Initiative exists to contribute to a more socially just world where all people are valued and committed to doing relationship in respectful and accountable ways. We are particularly committed to make professional helping practices more socially just, collaborative, and effective. We currently find a Narrative Worldview offers us an orientation to participate in relationships in ways that best align with our social justice ethics and values. Thus, all NTI initiatives are committed to teaching and living narrative ideas one question at a time.
Narrative Initiatives San Diego (NISD) is a non-profit counseling, training and research center in San Diego, California. We provide collaborative, culturally-
- To provide access to affordable therapy services to clients of diverse abilities, cultures, genders, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic levels and documentation statuses
- To provide Narrative Therapy training, supervision and support for marriage and family therapists
- To conduct research to promote and expand upon mental health principles and practices which contribute to individual and community wellbeing, both locally and globally.
Narrative Practices Adelaide is the centre (originally called “Adelaide Narrative Therapy Centre) that Michael White established in Adelaide, South Australia in January 2008, a few months before his sad and untimely death. They have a strong desire to continue with Michael’s aims and intentions in a way that would fit with his sentiment – to create a small, vibrant centre that collaborates with other centres and that acknowledges the rich and varied history of Michael’s work. NPA provides counselling services to the community, and training workshops on a range of topics relevant to work with individuals, couples, families, groups and communities.
Narrative Therapy India is an initiative by The Ummeed Child Development Center that invites therapists to share stories using narrative practices in their work using narrative approaches with children, adults and families in the Indian context.
PRANAS Chile is an initiative to link lives, stories and knowledge of practitioners that work with individuals and collectives, using narrative approaches originated by Michael White & David Epston. Our hope is to construct a space for sharing and disseminating Spanish narratives ideas and for considering applications in our own local contexts.
The Radical Therapist podcast is a space where we explore the intersections of collaborative therapy, philosophy, art, and science & technology in a post-postmodern world. For further information, check out the website www.theradicaltherapist.com, and/or contact Chris Hoff at [email protected].
SIMCHA RECOVERY offer a non residential community based narrative therapy addiction recovery program in Pretoria, South Africa. SIMCHA CARE is a therapeutic group resource for loved ones affected by addiction. This year we are launching SIMCHA TEEN which caters for younger folk struggling with addictions.
The Taos Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners concerned with the social processes essential for the construction of reason, knowledge, and human value. We are committed to exploring, developing and disseminating ideas and practices that promote creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in families, communities and organizations around the world. We achieve our educational ends through conferences, workshops, publications, a PhD and Masters program, a distance learning program, newsletters, and web-based offerings.
Terapia Narrativa promotes and disseminates the narrative practice in Brazil in continuous dialogue with the international narrative communities, linking people, stories and works globally. As an aggregating environment of initiatives, they are inspired by collaborative and post-structuralist approaches and, in particular, by the narrative practices originally developed by Michael White and David Epston.
The Ummeed Child Development Center is one of the premier non-profit organizations in India working with children with disabilities. You can read about more about additional collaborations with the Ummeed Mental Health Team and Narrative Practices Adelaide here. Their new training center offers a range of training options with a strong foundation in principles and practices of Narrative Therapy.