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A single event that spans one or more consecutive days. Attendee’s register for the first date-time only

The Em-BODY-ing Conversations Consultation Group Sept 2020

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.

2020-06-23T07:00:32-04:00June 23rd, 2020|0 Comments

Working with Couples Consultation Group: 2020-21

This consultation group is for people who have taken—or are taking—my online course: Escaping Blame: Helping Couples Develop Account-ability. I hope that this group will provide you an exciting opportunity to develop your narrative practice with couples in a small, safe and supportive context. We will divide the time up evenly so that everyone gets their share of the group’s support. We will develop clear guidelines for presenting our work and our questions to each other. We will meet monthly to give ample time to experiment with ideas and methods between meetings. Limited to 8 participants. A new group is scheduled to begin September 14, 2020. We will meet at 5 pm EST for 1.5 hours/six times.

2020-07-06T17:44:39-04:00June 10th, 2020|0 Comments

March 29, 2020 SPECIAL Collab Salon: Together Enduring COVID-19

This FREE Together Enduring Covid-19 Special Collab was a time for people in our community around the world to get together. We' began with an original song by Pierre Blanc-Sahnoun (Bordeaux), before hearing Voices from the Future from Hong Kong, Italy, west coast USA talking about life/tips that they are learning while a couple a weeks ahead of many of us; . We met in small breakout groups and then in the larger community, checking in and also focusing on such topics as living with children at home; self care (what we are discovering helps); working with the effects of isolation; sharing resources/reaching out to community and neighbors/Neighborly ways of being.

2020-03-31T07:23:13-04:00March 23rd, 2020|0 Comments

Delving into Difference Consultation Group 2020-21

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.  

2020-06-15T05:30:22-04:00March 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

NarraBusiness Consultation Group & Project 2020

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.

2020-03-04T07:17:14-05:00March 2nd, 2020|0 Comments

Therapeutic Conversations with People Who Are Suffering at the End of Life

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 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!

2020-03-04T06:15:40-05:00February 4th, 2020|0 Comments

February 15, 2015: Escaping Blame with Larry Zucker

It was a thrill- a dream come true- to bring together people from around the world to exchange with Larry Zucker- and each other- about Larry's work with couples - Escaping blaming frames of reference and engaging a different approach to conversation. A big extra thank you to everyone who helped us officially launch The Collab Salon, and especially to Larry for your generosity and skill in bringing your ideas to us in this new format.

2019-12-29T05:31:44-05:00November 9th, 2019|Comments Off on February 15, 2015: Escaping Blame with Larry Zucker

June 19, 2016 Collab: Centering Ethics in Group Supervision

What are narrative approaches to supervision? How does a group co-create respectful ways of exploring complex concerns and challenges that reflect the ethics of a just and accountable community?  Shona and Vikki invited us into a conversation about supervision practices that contribute to a reinvigoration of professional identity,  keep faith with what is given value, and build on an ethic of justice-doing. This online gathering welcomed old members as well as a number of  Collab Salon members experiencing Zoom for the first time. 

2019-12-29T07:30:15-05:00November 8th, 2019|0 Comments

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

"Given the current state of the world, this workshop will address how the pandemic has affected service delivery for adolescent sex offenders and their families, especially youth receiving treatment in residential settings.. 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                                                                        

2020-06-23T05:57:44-04:00October 5th, 2019|Comments Off on JUNE 21 2020: Counter-Story Practices with Youth Who Committed a Sexual Offense with Mauricio P. Yabar (Richmond, Virginia USA)

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? Courtney Olinger and Will Sherwin will share some ways that Narrative approaches can be utilized to support Neurodiversity and engage children with diverse levels of skills and abilities. They 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. Given the current COVID home confinement, they will also share some of their current experiences engaging children and families through Telehealth.

2020-05-24T05:51:18-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on May 17, 2020 Collab Salon: Neurodiversity and Narrative Practice

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)

2020-04-07T13:49:14-04:00September 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on September 20, 2020 Collab Salon: Conversation between Liberation Psychology and Narrative ideas-practices