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.

January 16, 2022 Collab Salon: Beyond Deconstruction: A Compositionist Narrative Therapy

What's getting in the way of curiosity these days? Justine D’Arrigo and Chris Hoff will explore the practice of Scenarios and how narrative practitioners can use Scenarios in the effort of reinvigorating curiosity and composition in their practices. Michael White (1997) wrote that when someone is considering entering some form of liminal space, like the co-creation of possible futures, that it is important to engage in some predictions of the experiences that one might expect in these efforts. We believe that White (1997) knew that the significant periods of confusion and disorientation, and at times despair and desperation that often accompany journeys into liminal space could shut down these efforts, and have these travelers turn back toward more familiar territories. We think one tool that can support a cultivated liminality and composition is the practice of Scenarios. 

2022-01-17T16:13:33-05:00September 7th, 2021|1 Comment

September 18, 2022 Collab Salon: Getting Kicked Out of School & Redeeming Your Reputation

David Epston has invented many imaginative, and startlingly successful ways of disappearing problems for children and young people, which he has documented in stories from his practice in many publications. While the August 2022 Collab focuses on reviving David's longstanding work with the problem of stealing, this complementary Collab will introduce an approach for those young people who have been stood down or have been threatened with expulsion from their high school.

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August 21, 2022 Collab Salon: Childhood Stealing & Learning How to Apply David Epston’s Inventions

David Epston has invented many imaginative, and startlingly successful ways of disappearing problems for children and young people, which he has documented in stories from his practice in many publications. This Collab revives David Epston's longstanding work with the problem of stealing, primarily with young people, which he developed in the last 70s/early 80s.

2022-08-24T13:14:23-04:00September 2nd, 2021|0 Comments

October 17, 2021 Collab Salon: Reclaiming Lives from sexual violence: Understanding shame

Tim Donovan (Alice Springs, Australia) and Dale Johns (California Gully, Victoria, Australia) will apply narrative therapy approaches to counselling people who have been subject to sexual violence. The session includes a specific account of Dale’s experiences of childhood sexual violence. What is presented will challenge some traditional ideas around sexual assault counselling. There will be an opportunity to explore your beliefs around vulnerability and shame in your own work.

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September 19, 2021 Collab Salon: Asking about online communities of support

Narrative Therapy inquiry offers novel and exciting opportunities to explore membership in online communities and spaces.  Whether it is through involvement with Discord servers or Team Speak or through informal groups through Facebook or WhatsApp, complexity and sophistication can be co-discovered in online communities.  Vast possibilities exist around speaking about these groups and communities in Narrative Therapy and, in particular, the importance of these communities can be privileged and elevated instead of obscured or diminished.

2021-09-22T16:30:57-04:00May 12th, 2021|Comments Off on September 19, 2021 Collab Salon: Asking about online communities of support

November 20, 2022 Collab Salon: Improv Narrative: Saying “yes, and” in narrative therapy and social work across the globe

The principles of improv theater (making your partner look and feel good, counting on chaos and uncertainty, showing up for the moment) seem to be relevant to the current collective moment where there is still a lot of uncertainty. We became curious whether improv wisdom ideas and practices can go hand in hand with the narrative therapy and community work. We decided to talk to narrative practitioners from all over the world about their experiences around improvisation. This Salon will showcase the highlights of those conversations, provide space for reflections and new practices to emerge and, hopefully, give us an opportunity to play some improv games.

2021-11-16T14:27:53-05:00April 13th, 2021|0 Comments

August 15, 2021 Collab Salon: Temper Tantrum Parties & Learning How to Apply David Epston’s Inventions

David Epston has invented many imaginative, and startlingly successful ways of disappearing problems for children & young people which he has documented in stories from his practice in many publications. I have found that using his ideas successfully within my own practice has required more of me than simply following the guidance in the  stories, and I have had failures along the way. In this Collab Salon, I will illustrate David’s approach to Temper Tantrums with using recent examples from my own practice to children & young people which have been successful in just two sessions. I will also touch on what I am a learning so far about applying David’s remarkable inventions. Kay Ingamells

2022-04-30T16:57:58-04:00October 27th, 2020|Comments Off on August 15, 2021 Collab Salon: Temper Tantrum Parties & Learning How to Apply David Epston’s Inventions

Nov 21, 2021 Collab Salon: Emerging Initiatives from Around the World

How will narrative practice sustain and transform in the coming years and decades? While honoring our mentors, we take delight in the emergence of newer voices within a generation of narrative practitioners. Here we bring together voices from around the world to learn more from them about their narrative initiatives and collaborative spirit. Please join us in welcoming- and learning from -Raviraj Shetty & Jehanzeb Baldiwala (Narrative Practices India​, Mumbai India), and Alfonzo (Poncho) Diaz (Colectivo de Prácticas Narrativas​, Mexico City, Mexico).

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May 16, 2021 Collab Salon: Emerging Black Voices in Psychotherapy

In this Salon, Charley Lang interviewed Barbara Herring (“B”) with two new members of our narrative community, Tanya Barr and Eric Katende, both black clinicians and recent graduates of Antioch University. Tanya, Eric and B spoke to both the challenges and the hopes experienced as black students, community members and therapists in a very white world. After small groups met, Tanya, Eric and B then selected participants’ questions to respond to in an engaged collaborative conversation.

2021-06-04T03:03:04-04:00October 20th, 2020|1 Comment

June 20, 2021 Collab Salon: Reports from the LAB: Stories from youth dealing with homelessness at a community-arts center

Established in 2002, Le LAB is an endeavour of the CIPTO* in Gatineau, Quebec, dedicated to making arts and creative expression accessible to all. We focus on people at-risk of living or already living with challenges related to substance use, homelessness and social exclusion. The presentation will focus on the experience using storytelling in order to cultivate connection and empowerment within the activities of the LAB over the last year.

2021-07-04T18:15:44-04:00October 16th, 2020|Comments Off on June 20, 2021 Collab Salon: Reports from the LAB: Stories from youth dealing with homelessness at a community-arts center

January 17, 2021 Collab Salon: Re-authoring Confinement: Creating a Collaboratory During the Pandemic

Around the world, Covid-19 profoundly impacts our everyday lives. As narrative practitioners we are trained to double-listen to problems, to pay close attention to the suffering as well as to initiatives and events that might not be predicted by the problematic stories. What are some of the sparkling moments where the dominance of the pandemic problem disappears? Please join us as we begin our new year with a range of contributors sharing experiences and the joy of collaborative projects across the world: making poetry and art, creating Covid inspired music, learning from Community gatherings and from our children.

2021-02-20T07:10:15-05:00October 10th, 2020|0 Comments