Each month we focus on a different theme as a starter dough for invigorating conversation. Members can join us in real time and also review archived materials.

OCTOBER 20, 2019: A Narrative Therapy Approach following in Michael White’s Footsteps to those Who Hear Voices

Over the last several months with the support of the Mental Health Services. Aalborg University Hospital, Christoffer Haugaard and David Epston have been applying the same methodology e.g. co-researching that led to Maisel, Epston and Borden(2004): Biting the Hand that Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia(New York, WWNorton).  Responding to a request to invent a narrative therapy-inspired approach to the so-called 'chronic mentally ill', they prefer the term 'those who are spoken to by voices'. This approach takes up where Michael White left off in the 1990s with the 'power to our journeys' approach. The image is copyright by artist Magda Hertzberg.

2019-09-27T14:06:01-04:00October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on OCTOBER 20, 2019: A Narrative Therapy Approach following in Michael White’s Footsteps to those Who Hear Voices

NOVEMBER 17, 2019: Re-imagining Narrative Therapy in the Americas

As part and parcel of marcela polanco's PhD thesis in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern, she and David Epston set about the translation of Michael White's 'Maps'(2007). Through many twists and turns this led them to preparing a manuscript for a book tentatively titled: "Re-Imagining Narrative Therapy in the Americas." They will share with us some of their discoveries as they read and consider learnings from 'translation studies', 'decolonising methodologies'(Tuawai Smith) and creative transformations at the borders of cultures/languages.

2019-10-01T10:59:06-04:00October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on NOVEMBER 17, 2019: Re-imagining Narrative Therapy in the Americas

December 15, 2019 Collab Salon: Applications of the Affective Turn

This presentation begins with examining the contributions of the affective-discursive turn to the evolution of narrative therapy.  The affective turn - as described by Gerald Monk- is concerned with the connection between the mind, brain, and body, and its connection to the language of feelings, intentions, and choices which is both discursive and non-discursive. The turn to affect pays attention to what is beyond language and the discursive and focuses on what is located within the body. We will introduce participants to exemplars of the turn to affect by exploring non-linear practice: integrating EMDR and Somatic therapies with Narrative Therapy as developed by Lynne Rosen; as well, Ian Percy will briefly consider some applications of ancient mindful attention skills to assist in recollecting, enacting and sustaining embodied and relationally-just affect.

2019-10-01T10:02:50-04:00October 16th, 2018|Comments Off on December 15, 2019 Collab Salon: Applications of the Affective Turn

CE Credit: Collab Salon 2020 Series

18 CE Credits from Alliant International University  APPROVED! Participants can earn 18 CEs for attending and/or viewing The Collab Salon 2020 Series. We always meet at 5pm on the third Sunday of the month (New York time) for 1.5 hours. January 19, 2020 February 16, 2020 March 16, 2020 April 19, 2020 May 17, 2020 June 21, 2020 July 19, 2020 August 16, 2020 September 20, 2020 October 18, 2020 November 15, 2020 [...]

2019-10-17T09:43:04-04:00October 17th, 2019|0 Comments

January 19, 2020 Collab Salon: What Happens to Narrative Therapy When It Migrates?

What is the DNA of Narrative Practice beyond the variations across cultures and languages? Pierre Blanc-Sahnoun (Bordeaux, France) will share how Narrative Errances - The Narrative Factory- collectively as a professional community has created the first ethical professional code composed only with questions...                                                                        

2019-10-05T14:58:16-04:00September 14th, 2019|0 Comments

February 16, 2020 Collab Salon: Narrative Ideas for Inspired Responses to Earth’s Environmental Crisis

Considering ourselves as ‘citizen therapists,’ as part of a ‘global citizen’s movement’, how do we step outside of the box, beyond ‘business as usual’ practices, to invite awareness and potentials for engagement, including collective narrative practice? This Collab Salon will invite us to be in positive community, tuned into our natural surroundings, as we respond to questions about our relationship-- personally and professionally--to these wild times. Each of us have stirrings and unique gifts to offer. What are we called to?

2019-10-05T14:57:48-04:00September 14th, 2019|0 Comments

March 15, 2020 Collab Salon: Tender Therapy: Living and Working with My Internalized Michael White

"In one of the last Michael White workshops that I attended he introduced his work as "a tender therapy."  He said the training would be a week of prayer and protest.  These words have resonated with me so deeply as they described so well what I witnessed when watching Michael work in Narrative ways with people. I have held that concept of tenderness in my heart ever since then and moved it into how I approach my work and my life. In this Salon, we will use one of my stories of how I apply Michaels' teaching and his essence into my own life.  This is a story of me processing my sister's death with the help of my internal Michael interviewing me. I will be interviewed about this story and how it applies to how I work with Michael. We will create a live outsider witness team in the session with the participants."Sarah Hughes

2019-10-05T14:57:15-04:00September 16th, 2019|0 Comments

April 19, 2020 Collab Salon: Reflections on practice with people who are suffering at the end of life

As a counsellor working for hospice I meet with people who are suffering, sometimes with unsolvable problems, as they live with serious illness and the knowledge of their approaching death. Suffering at the end of life can be transformed when a person views their life as meaningful and experience themselves as agentic (Wachholz, Fitch, Makowski & Tjia, 2016).  In this Collab Salon I will be sharing some of my reflections on practices that ease suffering. These include thoughts on how we create space for stories of suffering, how we respond to big stories day to day and questioning practices that can be significant in restoring a sense of meaning and agency. I look forward to hearing how you might apply such practices to your own context for work. To facilitate the discussion I will be providing a collaborative document to illustrate some of the narrative practices we will be reflecting on. Sasha Pilkington

2019-10-14T20:58:06-04:00September 12th, 2019|0 Comments

May 17, 2020 Collab Salon: Neurodiversity and Narrative Practice

What is your comfort level when working with someone who does not readily engage in conversation? What happens when a child is not quickly answering your questions? What do you do when the child is wandering the room and engaging in repetitive noises and actions? Will and Courtney will share some ways that Narrative approaches can be utilized to support Neurodiversity and engage children with diverse levels of skills and abilities. We will explore ways that children with communication challenges and/or differences in play development can be centered in the circulation of their preferred experiences, identity and connections. Courtney Olinger & Will Sherwin

2019-10-05T14:53:32-04:00September 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

JUNE 21 2020: Counter-Story Practices with Youth Who Committed a Sexual Offense with Mauricio P. Yabar (Texas, USA)

"Sexual offenses committed by youth occur more often than some people might choose to accept. Youth who are convicted of a sexual crime are usually court-mandated to attend treatment. Offense-specific treatment makes little, if any distinction between types of offenses, age of youth, and other important factors such environmental influences or history of mental health challenges or trauma. There is a lot of research on youth sex offenders, but there seems to be a gap in understanding the effects of being labeled a “sex offender” by the court system, as well as by treatment providers, and how all this affects mental health and identity. Therapy with youth who committed a sexual offense should also address ways to heal from the harm of being labeled a sex offender. Narrative ideas and counter-story practices are creative ways to therapeutically engage youth. Because narrative therapy is non-judgmental and collaborative, it presents an opportunity to counter-story problems related to being labeled a sex offender. By prioritizing these youths’ mental health and counter-storying damaging self-narratives, therapists can potentially interrupt a cycle of abuse and other self-destructive patterns of behavior; and by doing this, they can assist their clients envision new possibilities for their futures." Mauricio P. Yabar                                                                        

2019-10-05T14:50:43-04:00October 5th, 2019|0 Comments

July 19, 2020 Collab Salon: How to live whilst dying?What children and young people with a Life Limiting Illness (LLI), can teach us about living

"Having had the privilege of working with many remarkable children and young people and their families, during some of the most challenging times of their lives, I hope to share some of what we learnt together about living and not just surviving.  This includes; Finding the wonderfulness in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU); Living as a family in Hospital; Holding onto your dreams even when you are being told you could die; Choosing how to say goodbye.  By sharing the lessons I have learnt I hope to inspire you to see the strength and resilience children and young people show in the most challenging situations, how to move away from the concept of surviving and move towards living, and how hope and life can be found in the darkest moments including death.  This is just a snap shot and cannot explore all the depths and complexities the very concept of children and young people dying raises, but I hope it will generate creative discussion and inspire innovative ways of thinking about working with children and young people with a LLI and their families." Dr Claire Cooley, Kent United Kingdom

2019-10-05T14:55:39-04:00September 20th, 2019|0 Comments

AUGUST 16, 2020: Working Narratively in Research with Maggie Slaska, Akansha Vaswani, & Navid Zamani

"As people interested in working narratively in research, we will share some of our experiences, influences from outside the world of narrative therapy that supported our principles, and challenges involved in the process. Each of us has been involved in a research project for our doctoral dissertations which we will use to illustrate 1) how we negotiated ideas of power to construct research questions 2) methods we used to incorporate social constructionist understandings of relationally informed meaning making in our work 3) how we navigated (continue to navigate) demands/expectations of our respective institutions." Akansha, Maggie & Navid                                                                        

2019-10-12T11:14:33-04:00July 24th, 2019|0 Comments