- October 26, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Therapeutic Conversations with People Who Are Suffering at the End of Life
with Sasha McAllum Pilkington
Monday, Oct 26, 2020
EastView at Middlebury
Six Alliant CE Credits Approved!
“Suffering at the end of life can be transformed when a person feels connected to others and views their life as meaningful”
As a counsellor working for hospice, Sasha Pilkington meets with people who are suffering as they live with serious illness and the knowledge of their approaching death. In this day long workshop, she would like to share some cherished narrative practices that can be helpful to alleviate suffering. In particular there will be a focus on ways of supporting people to feel connected, find meaning in their life and enhance their sense of being influential.
During the day there will be opportunities to:
- Explore how we might create space for stories of suffering so that a person can give voice to what may have been previously unspeakable in ways that are helpful to them.
- Explore how we might respond therapeutically when people feel overwhelmed by the suffering they are experiencing.
- Examine practice stories, transcript and hear a recording that show nuances of narrative practice that can be significant in generating a sense of connection, meaning and agency.
We are looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas that provides participants with the opportunity to extend their thinking and skills. Participants may identify applications to other contexts of work.
Sasha McAllum Pilkington
Auckland, New Zealand
Please join me in welcoming Sasha back to Vermont! As a follow-up to her October 2018 workshop A Narrative Approach to Conversations at the End-of Life, Sasha will focus on practices that can make meaning out of suffering. Having been a narrative therapist for more than 30 years, she has worked since 2008 as a counsellor for Hospice North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of Sasha’s weekly practice she meets with people who are living with a life-ending illness, and their families, both in the community and in the hospice inpatient unit. She also meets with family members who are grieving after someone has died.
Sasha has published several articles illustrating narrative practice with people who are dying:
- Pilkington, S. (2018) Writing narrative therapeutic letters: Gathering, recording and performing lost stories. Journal of Narrative Family therapy, Special Release. pp 22-49.
- Pilkington, S. (2018) A story illustrating narrative therapy in a cross cultural conversation with someone approaching death. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, Vol 38/1, pp 39-49.
- Pilkington, S. (2017) Deconstructing Denial: Stories of Narrative Therapy with people who are dying and their families. Journal of Narrative Family Therapy. Release 1, 2017, pp. 54-75. www.journalnft.com
- Pilkington, S. (2016) Insurance Policies for Miracle Cures: A story illustrating narrative counseling practice with someone approaching death. Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2016, pp. 71–87
- Pilkington, S. (2014) Traveling on the Journey to Death: A story illustrating narrative practice for counselors. Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2014, pp. 79–93
For further interest:
- Carlson, T., Epston, D. , Haire, A., Corturillo, E., Lopez, A., Vedvei, S., Pilkington, S. (March 2017) Learning Narrative Therapy Backwards: Exemplary Tales as an Alternative Pedagogy for Learning Practice, Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 94-107
- Epston, D., Heath, T., Ingamells, K., Pilkington, S. (June 2016) Exemplary Tales: Virtual Apprenticeships
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