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Narrative Camp June 2019: Program Registration Fee

Narrative Reverberations: Community Conversations Around the World and Across Generations 17 Alliant International University Continuing Education Credits We understand many people are on tight budgets; we pledge to do our best to make this gathering affordable.  In addition to the fee for cottage rental accommodation, the Narrative Camp fee includes: Food:   Five catered lunches (Sunday-Thursday) and Sunday cookout dinner. Otherwise, cottages will be responsible for their own breakfasts and dinners, free to [...]

2019-05-22T05:03:59-04:00February 17th, 2019|1 Comment

August 18, 2019 Collab Salon: Exploring narrative supervision as a social justice practice

Shona and Sarah will discuss key principles of their work in supervision that fit with bringing the politics of experience into supervision. These key principles include 1) positioning knowledge as discourse: using the skills of deconstruction and transparency; 2) co-constructed knowledges: valuing perspectives of supervisees and clients; 3) the use of questions verses directives, 4) valuing expansive conversations, and 5) promoting discursive agency.  Using these principles as a guide, Shona and Sarah will invite us to explore the politics of knowledge and power and consider ways to cultivate a social justice ethic in supervisory experience.

2018-11-18T08:59:31-04:00November 11th, 2018|Comments Off on August 18, 2019 Collab Salon: Exploring narrative supervision as a social justice practice

September 15, 2019: Co-creating ‘wasei’ (re-made-in-Japan) Narrative Therapy

Following in the footsteps of Marcela Polanco's project to 'decolonize' what would appear to be commonplace 'cut and paste' MacDonalizations of narrative therapy in other languages, cultures and social circumstances, David and I have embarked on the journey of co-creating 'wasei' (remade-in-Japan) Narrative Therapy. So far we have attempted three workshops in Osaka and Tokyo(2017) and Osaka(2018). Along the way, we have found wonderful Japanese allies who also stand for 'language justice' and 'knowledge fair trade' (Polanco, 2016) and can provide us with honest feedback and continuous support. Although we as a team have traveled a good distance on a winding road, we still have a long way ahead of us to learn how to practice such a fair or 'kobinai' attitude ('kobinai' means the attitude of the less dominant who don't put themselves down or exalt the dominant, which is in this context Euro-American languages and cultures). This 'kobinai' attitude would be necessary for 'knowledge fair trade' to take root and thrive in Japan. Regardless, we would love to share some of our discoveries so far in the hope that it will encourage others in similar circumstances to re-imagine Narrative Therapy in their own local contexts.

2018-11-18T09:00:40-04:00October 31st, 2018|Comments Off on September 15, 2019: Co-creating ‘wasei’ (re-made-in-Japan) Narrative Therapy

NOVEMBER 17, 2019: Re-imagining Narrative Therapy in the Americas

As part and parcel of marcela polanco's PhD thesis in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern, she and David Epston set about the translation of Michael White's 'Maps'(2007). Through many twists and turns this led them to preparing a manuscript for a book tentatively titled: "Re-Imagining Narrative Therapy in the Americas." They will share with us some of their discoveries as they read and consider learnings from 'translation studies', 'decolonising methodologies'(Tuawai Smith) and creative transformations at the borders of cultures/languages.

2018-11-18T09:03:48-04:00October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on NOVEMBER 17, 2019: Re-imagining Narrative Therapy in the Americas

OCTOBER 20, 2019: A Narrative Therapy Approach following in Michael White’s Footsteps to those Who Hear Voices

Over the last several months with the support of the Mental Health Services. Aalborg University Hospital, Christoffer Haugaard and David Epston have been applying the same methodology e.g. co-researching that led to Maisel, Epston and Borden(2004): Biting the Hand that Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia(New York, WWNorton).  Responding to a request to invent a narrative therapy-inspired approach to the so-called 'chronic mentally ill', they prefer the term 'those who are spoken to by voices'. This approach takes up where Michael White left off in the 1990s with the 'power to our journeys' approach. The image is copyright by artist Magda Hertzberg.

2018-11-25T09:13:08-04:00October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on OCTOBER 20, 2019: A Narrative Therapy Approach following in Michael White’s Footsteps to those Who Hear Voices

July 21, 2019 Collab Salon: Working with children and families experiencing developmental disabilities using narrative ideas and practices

The Ummeed Team will discuss using narrative practices when working with young people experiencing developmental disabilities and their families. Using examples from practice we will share how we are adapting the ideas with young people who have diverse ways of expressing themselves in preferred identity development, navigating various systems of power in preferred ways and in making possible family-centred care, where caregivers and children become partners in the journey of therapy.

2018-11-18T08:58:14-04:00October 28th, 2018|Comments Off on July 21, 2019 Collab Salon: Working with children and families experiencing developmental disabilities using narrative ideas and practices

January 20, 2019 Collab Salon: The poetry and art of narrative practice

Problem stories are not equal. Some stories dirty and mar persons’ identities and these stories seem to have a particularly gripping effect in their lives. In the face of such marring and gripping problems stories, not just any story will do. We need to tell stories in our work that powerfully counter the damaging effects of gripping problem stories through practices that seek out the restorative power of beauty. Sanni and Tom shares some of the recent developments in their work that seek to restore the beauty and dignity of persons lives through the use of poetry, art, and performance.

2019-02-19T09:18:32-04:00October 19th, 2018|Comments Off on January 20, 2019 Collab Salon: The poetry and art of narrative practice

April 21, 2019 Collab Salon: Women & Leadership

Through our Re-woman project we are hoping to empower women to live in their preferred ways. In Russia the ideas are strong that "we are different from the West, as women had equal opportunities throughout the Soviet times". However, stats and practices are showing this is not the case. Through our meetings and interviews with women we are deconstructing the ideas around leadership and exploring the ways to lead. 

2019-04-27T15:01:29-04:00October 19th, 2018|Comments Off on April 21, 2019 Collab Salon: Women & Leadership

February 17, 2019 Collab Salon: Moving Beyond Multicultural Counseling

Eminent scholars such as Makungu Akinyela and marcela polanco have written about an anti-colonial approach to narrative therapy. Join Travis Heath as he presents: "While this philosophy has traveled with me for some time, I wasn't certain how it was actually translating to practice. This was a rather distressful discovery for me. What good was a spirit that ran along side my practice but wasn’t making its way into the work? Over the last several months I have been spending much time trying to cultivate anti-colonial narrative questions. I will share my initial attempts at an anti-colonial narrative practice by showing questions within practice stories."

2019-03-18T18:44:40-04:00October 17th, 2018|Comments Off on February 17, 2019 Collab Salon: Moving Beyond Multicultural Counseling

December 15, 2019 Collab Salon: Applications of the Affective Turn

This presentation begins with examining the contributions of the affective-discursive turn to the evolution of narrative therapy.  The affective turn - as described by Gerald Monk- is concerned with the connection between the mind, brain, and body, and its connection to the language of feelings, intentions, and choices which is both discursive and non-discursive. The turn to affect pays attention to what is beyond language and the discursive and focuses on what is located within the body. We will introduce participants to exemplars of the turn to affect by exploring non-linear practice: integrating EMDR and Somatic therapies with Narrative Therapy as developed by Lynne Rosen; as well, Ian Percy will briefly consider some applications of ancient mindful attention skills to assist in recollecting, enacting and sustaining embodied and relationally-just affect.

2018-11-18T09:04:52-04:00October 16th, 2018|Comments Off on December 15, 2019 Collab Salon: Applications of the Affective Turn

March 17, 2019 Collab Salon: How I have re-imagined my practice with ‘wonderfulness interviews’

Wonderfulness Enquiries (with children or Virtue Enquiries (with adults) have not only become the centrepiece of my  first sessions since David Epston introduced me to them a number of years ago, they have become the entire context for my practice. If you would like to learn how to bring the wonder of wonderfulness interviews into your work with anyone,  do join us! 

2019-03-18T18:48:12-04:00October 15th, 2018|Comments Off on March 17, 2019 Collab Salon: How I have re-imagined my practice with ‘wonderfulness interviews’