On All Things Counter, Original, Spare, and Strange: The Poetry and Heart of Narrative Therapy

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Regular ticket - 2 daysshow details + $250.00 (USD)  
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  • March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

On All Things Counter, Original, Spare, and Strange: The Poetry and Heart of Narrative Therapy

with Tom Stone Carlson and Sanni Paljakka

 March 29-30, 2019 (Friday-Saturday)
Champlain Valley, Vermont Location TBA

Over the course of our two days together, we will highlight recent developments in narrative therapy that seek to bring forth stories that have literary merit; stories that counter damaged identities, stories that sing, and stories that love and beckon us forward. We will share examples of our own work and recent collaborations with David Epston including Insider Witnessing Practices and the use of poetry, art, and performance in ways that seek to restore the beauty, honor, and dignity of persons lives. Rather than being a “how to” only, we will offer participants an inside view of these practices through the use of videos, transcripts, and performances of the work. Our hope is that this event will re-ignite your sense of curiosity and passion for what is possible in this work.


Sanni Paljakka is a narrative therapist who works at Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Tom Stone Carlson is a faculty member at the North Dakota State University and draws on narrative ideas in his teaching, supervision, and therapy practice. Both Sanni and Tom have been captivated by narrative ideas and their capacity to restore honor and beauty to people’s lives. After a chance meeting at a narrative therapy conference, they discovered a shared interest in practices that seek to place beauty at the center of their work with others; Sanni through her innovative use of poetry and Tom through his use of art and performance. These ‘strange companions’ have discovered that their different backgrounds and contexts have lead to a spirited, playful, and enlivening energy that draws their audiences into a lively relationship with narrative ideas and with one another.


Watch this site for recommended references to review in preparation.


Venue Website:

164 Mitchell Drive, Vergennes, Vermont, 05491, United States


Treleven Farm hosts our smaller training events on a working sheep farm nestled in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. This non-profit  center is a learning and retreat collaborative that promotes stewardship, social action, reverence, and innovation. Treleven is close to the Burlington International and Albany International Airports.

Where do participants stay?

There is a wide, wonderful range of lodging options nearby, including Inns, B&Bs, beautiful state parks, and rooms in private homes. Please contact us with any accommodation inquiries and we will do our best to help you find just the right place.

For more information, please check out About Treleven on the Treleven, Inc website.

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