As a counsellor working for hospice, Sasha Pilkington meets with people who are suffering, sometimes with unsolvable problems, as they live with serious illness and the knowledge of their approaching death. In this two-part Zoom workshop, she would like to share several cherished narrative practices that guide her therapeutic conversations with people who are suffering at the end of life. 6 Alliant CE Credits Approved!
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. What can these experiences offer to those of us facing suffering in many different contexts during this time of Covid-19 pandemic? Given the current context, this Collab is still evolving. I hope to share 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