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  • June 12, 2017 - June 13, 2017
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Extending the histories of narrative practice: Creating spaces for emerging approaches

with Lynne Rosen, LCSW, David Paré, PhD  and Ian Percy, PhD.

Narrative practices have evolved in many ways over the decades in response to changing professional, social and cultural contexts. The founders of the Narrative Therapy approach, the late Michael White and David Epston, gave voice to the  hope and intention that we would continue to try out different modes of inquiry, come up with new practices, and integrate these cherished ways of being with people that fit with our own local experiences and socio-political contexts.

This two-day workshop builds on our deep respect for the evolution of Narrative Therapy  while creating spaces for an interplay with other treasured approaches. Please join Lynne, David and Ian as they honor their narrative roots while bringing together EMDR, somatic-oriented therapies, mindfulness practices and the storylines of our lives. 

  • Registration: $300 (regular) or $235 (student/fixed income)
  • For an additional $20, sign up for 12 Continuing Education credits from Alliant International University

Faculty_Circle_Lynn_RosenDay One: Em-BODY-ing Conversations: Integrating EMDR and somatic-oriented practices with a Narrative Approach 
Lynne Rosen, LCSW
June 12, 2017

Having started her training in a milieu that offered movement therapy, art therapy and psychodrama, Lynne’s appreciation for approaches that accessed wisdom outside of spoken language and story, has always been close at hand.

The intention of this day-long workshop is to explore how we can put language and understanding around an integration that resonates both practically and philosophically, and that supports the social construction of identities and the politics of experience, while escaping recruitment into interiority ideas and binaries of body/mind, inside/outside, thinking/feeling and resources/deficits.

Through didactic presentation, experiential exercises and client tales, we will explore what becomes possible when we create different kinds of scaffolding using sensations, images and memories in non-discursive ways. What alternative forms of meaning making emerge that helps to re-contextualize dilemmas? How do we engage other relational stories, told by the habits and expressions of the body? How do Narrative Therapy practices influence how we use other modalities? What keeps us connected to curiosity, invitation, transparency, and client authorship, while resisting taking up expert ways of knowing?

Severe and early trauma seems to rob clients of memories and cast sensations, images and memories as the enemy, and can disconnect people from what has shaped moral virtues, intentions, and a sense of “myself” across time. We will explore how integrating alternative approaches can make visible the complexities of lived experiences, allowing for the discovery of different metaphors, new associations and a shift in a felt sense of bodily experiences. These discoveries help reinvigorate a re-connection with moral virtues, a language for inner life, and new possibilities for action and movement in accordance with cherished intentions, values, hopes, dreams, beliefs, purposes and commitments.

When the language of sensations, images, and memories are engaged in this way, people—with child-like creativity—connect with real and imagined allies, responsibility for abuse is assigned where it belongs, and preferred solutions and subordinate stories emerge. This sense of “aliveness” and agency creates new possibilities for relating.

(This workshop will draw form the work of Russell Meares, Lev Vygotsky, Micahel White, David Epston, Tom Andersen, Johnella Bird, Bessel Van der Kolk, Kenneth Gergen, Sandra Paulsen, Katie O’Shea, and Pat Ogden)

Faculty_Circle_David_PareFaculty_Circle_Ian_PercyDay two: Narrative and Mindfulness: Attending to the Personal, the Relational and the Contextual

David Paré, PhD and Ian Percy, PhD
June 13, 2017

David Paré and Ian Percy will explore the similarities and differences between narrative practices and mindfulness. With its focus on attending to lived experience in the here and now, mindfulness offers many creative possibilities for enriching Narrative Therapy. The workshop will present various ways in which an