collab-salons

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.

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

2020-02-25T06:26:22-05:00September 16th, 2019|Comments Off on March 15, 2020 Collab Salon: Tender Therapy: Living and Working with My Internalized Michael White

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

2019-12-29T06:07:55-05:00September 12th, 2019|Comments Off on April 19, 2020 Collab Salon: Reflections on practice with people who are suffering at the end of life

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

2020-01-01T08:34:04-05:00September 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on May 17, 2020 Collab Salon: Neurodiversity and Narrative Practice

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                                                                        

2020-01-01T08:32:06-05:00October 5th, 2019|Comments Off on JUNE 21 2020: Counter-Story Practices with Youth Who Committed a Sexual Offense with Mauricio P. Yabar (Texas, USA)

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

2020-01-01T08:38:58-05:00September 20th, 2019|Comments Off on 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

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                                                                        

2020-01-01T08:36:13-05:00July 24th, 2019|Comments Off on AUGUST 16, 2020: Working Narratively in Research with Maggie Slaska, Akansha Vaswani, & Navid Zamani

September 20, 2020 Collab Salon: Conversation between Liberation Psychology and Narrative ideas-practices

"In my undergraduate studies in El Salvador I was exposed to the writings of one of LP’s key contributors, the social psychologist Ignacio Martín-Baró, assassinated in 1989. His ideas and provocations resonated deeply with me, and even though my journey so far has been mostly as a therapist, I have tried to carry LP’s insights in some way or another. I was later introduced to Narrative therapy (NT) and its philosophical foundations in the master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Diego State University. I could not help but to draw connections between LP and NT, even though associated to different sub-fields of psychology and coming from distant parts of the world. This Collab session deliberately invites these two models into dialogue, with the goal of enriching one another, lifting up the value of interdisciplinarity, and for this case, emphasize how NT can benefit from approaches from the Global South." Juan Carlos García Rivera (Choco)

2020-01-01T08:35:49-05:00September 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on September 20, 2020 Collab Salon: Conversation between Liberation Psychology and Narrative ideas-practices

October 18, 2020 Collab Salon: Narrative Letter Writing Across Divides

During the sixteen years of my supervision & apprenticeship relationship with David Epston, David has taught me how to write narrative letters, including letters co-authored with clients.  Over the last couple of years, I have been inventing a new letter-writing practice: Co-authoring letters with clients to other family members with whom there has been a rift,  or where important issues have not been spoken about. If you would like to learn how to bring a new type of letter writing into your work,  do join us!  Kay Ingamells

2019-12-29T06:43:14-05:00September 8th, 2019|Comments Off on October 18, 2020 Collab Salon: Narrative Letter Writing Across Divides

November 15, 2020 Collab Salon: Collectivising Narrative Therapy: Performance, collaboration and community in the league anti-anorexia

This Collab Salon will bring together people from around the world with contributions to the Archive of Resistance: Anti-anorexia/Anti-bulimia. We  hope to explore the following questions: *What are the possibilities and limitations of collectivised narrative therapy within the league of anti anorexia? *What could collective collaboration between insiders and outsiders look like?  How could it work?* What learnings can be found through the political movements that are happening around the world that serve as examples of the power of networks in seeking healing and justice? Kitty Thatcher & Dave Villfaña (Santiago, Chile)

2020-01-01T08:37:15-05:00September 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on November 15, 2020 Collab Salon: Collectivising Narrative Therapy: Performance, collaboration and community in the league anti-anorexia

December 13, 2020 Collab Salon: Becoming our practices: Interweaving the storied, embodied, affective and relations of power

Ian continues to explore in his therapeutic work, and also in his teaching program, the interweaving of four interdependent dimensions of practice. He will present a scenario to illustrate some aspects of his weavings and wonderings. Along the way he will very briefly speak to: Upholding the precious traditions of narrative ethics; Sensory impressions in the making of storied lives; Interpreting mindfulness: body, ethics and inspiration; Situated affect; and Embodied/enacted power relations.

2019-12-29T05:56:49-05:00September 19th, 2019|Comments Off on December 13, 2020 Collab Salon: Becoming our practices: Interweaving the storied, embodied, affective and relations of power