The EM-BODY-ing Conversations Consultation Group is limited to 12 mental health workers or educators who have had experience with either EMDR or Somatic-Oriented Therapies in addition to a Narrative Therapy approach. Some registrants will have participated in the 2017 Em-BODY-ing Conversations Consultation Group. Experienced practitioners can sign up for this consultation group while concurrently taking the Em-BODY-ing Conversations Training Group. The focus is on an affective-discursive approach to clinical work that integrates EMDR Therapy and somatic-oriented practices with a Narrative Therapy both philosophically and practically.
More and more colleagues around the world are bringing narrative conversations into companies and organizations. The narrative approach is highly effective with leaders, teams and work communities, and this effectiveness in return requires a great deal of attention to ethics and accountability. This attention enables us to engage ideals of justice, poetry and beauty while bringing narrative approaches into the world of business. Our dominant economic systems are typically shaped by very powerful practices known as "the “Big Five”: performance, shareholder return, compliance, competition and eternal growth. A narrative approach deconstructs these practices of cultural/economic normalization, inviting the Narrapist to engage a different set of values...one where alternative business stories of empowerment emerge from the honoring of individual excellence, community engagement and collaborative team building.
For the second time, we are offering this consultation group for people interested in having perhaps difficult or uncomfortable conversations around difference with regards to race and privilege in the therapy room. Our hope is that this group will provide clinicians an opportunity to uncover possible blind spots and biases around differences and to work through situations or hiccups that we may have encountered in relationship to our clients and maybe our daily lives.