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  •  October 18, 2020
     4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Narrative letter Writing Across Divides

with Kay Ingamells (Auckland, New Zealand)

Sunday, October 18, 2020: 4 – 5:30 pm NY time

(Please note: We start an hour earlier than some registration confirmations mistakenly listed)

During the sixteen years of my supervision & apprenticeship relationship with David Epston, David has taught me how to write narrative letters, including letters co-authored with clients.  Over the last couple of years, I have been inventing a new letter-writing practice: Co-authoring letters with clients to other family members with whom there has been a rift,  or where important issues have not been spoken about. 

With the permission of a family with whom I have recently been working, I will show you three of these letters and then demonstrate the co-writing process.The article attached explains how I go about writing letters ordinarily. Reading this article will be helpful as background even although what we will be doing will be a little different.                         Kay Ingamells

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
  1. Learn  a process of co-writing narrative letters with clients through demonstration.
  2. Discover how co-written letters can be used as counter-storying documents.
  3. Explore possibilities for co-writing letter across divides.

Please Review

Please read this article (Journal of Narrative Family Therapy, Special Release, 2018, p 4-19

Recording of October 18, 2020 Collab Salon

Continuing Education

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In the spirit of experimentation, here are two versions (word and pdf). Can you let us know which works better for you?


Kay Ingamells M.S.W., (Auckland, New Zealand) has been working with individuals, children, young people and families since 1990. Kay began her career working with troubled young people and children in residential care and in specialist agencies,  then spent nine years working in child and adolescent mental health. For the past ten years she has lectured in narrative therapy in higher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level and has been running a private therapy and counselling practice for children, families, young people and adults. For the last 12 years she has been supervised by the co-inventor of Narrative Therapy, David Epston, and has taught alongside David for the last 5 years. Kay has published several articles. She is currently writing and presenting about her apprenticeship with David Epston. She also provides one-on-one and group training called ‘Training Through Transcripts’, to narrative practitioners committed to bringing David’s practices into their own work.