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Extending the Histories of Narrative Therapy: Rich Story Development, Trauma & The Affective Turn

Course Description

The first course in our series builds on our deep respect for the evolution of Narrative Therapy while creating spaces for an interplay with other treasured approaches to working with people experiencing serious difficulties in their lives and relationships.  Please join us as we honor our narrative roots while bringing forward specific therapeutic practices that engage narrative meaning-making while cultivating healing embodied experiences. Integrative work opens up possibilities for responding to habits of body, re-contextualizing dilemmas, engaging moral imagination, and re-populating lives in ways that support agency and movement toward preferences for living and relating. Through six lessons, we draw from philosophy and practices associated with The Affective Turn, bringing together understandings of rich story development, trauma and its effects, memory theory, attunement practices and applications of mindfulness, EMDR and somatic therapies. We strongly recommend taking this course before the second course in the series.. For an additional $25, registrants can earn 12 APA approved CE credits through Alliant International University.

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Gain an understanding of several ways the ways to bring together The Affective Turn and Narrative Therapy.
  2.  Develop skills in
  3. Be able to identify concepts that invite us to grapple with philosophical congruence
  4. Gain an enhanced understanding of
  5. Utilize
  6. Attend to

Course Contributors

We are thrilled to bring together a team of colleagues with contributions to this topic.

Maggie Carey
In this course, Maggie Carey demonstrates narrative interviewing practices that she learned as a close associate of Michael White, co-founder of narrative therapy. Maggie was a founding member of Narrative Practices Adelaide, the center Michael started in 2008, just a few months before his untimely death. Alongside her colleagues Shona Russell and Rob Hall, she was involved in the teaching of narrative therapy and community work for many years, both in Australia and internationally. Prior to the establishment of NPA, Maggie was a cherished member of the Dulwich Centre teaching faculty. Now retired, Maggie thoroughly enjoys engaging with her home, gardens, family and community in Adelaide, S. Australia.
SuEllen Hamkins

SuEllen Hamkins, MD is a psychiatrist and author. SuEllen’s passion is helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of challenges and difficulties. Her work centers on three main areas: narrative psychiatry, college student mental health and mother-daughter relationships. She is Assistant Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. SuEllen is a co-founder of the Mother-Daughter Project, and has created a series of videos on helping mothers and daughter thrive. Her most recent book is The Art of Narrative Psychiatry, published by Oxford University Press. To read more, click here.

SuEllen gave the 2015 workshop, Working with people facing severe and persistent problems, and has presented on the Collab Salon on Working with People Who are Living with Serious and relentless problems or Mental Health Challenges.

Gerald Monk
Gerald Monk PhD (San Diego, California) is the former Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University. He is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Supervisor, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. His research and teaching interests include Affective therapy, narrative mediation & conflict resolution, constructionist & discursive theories, restorative practice, and mental health recovery.
Laure Maurin
Laure Maurin (Bordeaux, France) is specialized in education and early childhood. For more than 10 years, she worked as an educator for disabled children in a day hospital, a therapeutic and educational institute, and an emergency home for juvenile offenders. Trained in the early childhood sector, she taught for more than 7 years to childcare assistants on child development, caring education, welcoming children and having a child with a disability. Mother of four children (and grand-mother of 4), Laure shares her experience and skills for a positive and caring education.

Laure trained in narrative therapy at the Fabrique Narrative in Bordeaux, in Paris and with David Epston, David Denborough and Jill Freedman. She accompanies young people and teenagers in narrative therapy. Laure has been practicing yoga for over twenty years, trained at the French Yoga School for four years, and leads meditation and yoga workshops. She likes to accompany people with disabilities through body language and narrative practices. She hopes that each person can find, at his or her own pace, a better knowledge of his or her body, breath and being in its entirety.

Laure conducts workshops in France and Belgium to train narrative practitioners in her work.For the past three years, she has created a method of conversation based on the relationship one has with his body, linking her practice of narrative ideas, and her experience in yoga and hypnosis. She first proposes a narrative conversation about the relationship the person has with their body, following this conversation and after a protocol of re-association of the person with their body.She then interviews the body, as an outsider witness of the conversation it has just heard.At the end of the interview, the person in turn reacts to the words of the body that she has just heard.

David Pare
David Paré, Ph.D., is a Counselling Psychologist and director of the Glebe Institute, a Centre for Constructive and Collaborative Practice in Ottawa. He is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, where he taught counselling and psychotherapy. David has written widely and presented internationally on the subject of narrative and postmodern therapies, as well as offering training and supervision in these areas. He is the author of The Practice of Collaborative Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013, Sage), and co-editor of two books about collaborative practices in counselling and therapy. He is in the final phases of completing an edited book with Cristelle Audet on Social Justice and Counseling.

David has maintained a mindfulness practice for the past 30 years. Along with Ian Percy, he co-presented a Collab Salon on Narrative & Mindfulness Practice, which is now available to Collab members in our library of Past Salons. We are thrilled to welcome David & Ian as co-presenters for a June 13, 2017 workshop in Shelburne Vermont: Integrating Mindfulness & Narrative Practice.

Ian Percy
Ian Percy (Perth, Western Australia) is a family therapist, supervisor, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. Inspired by the writings of Michael White, David Epston and Alan Jenkins, he took a social constructionist and narrative turn in his practice some 25 years ago, intrigued by the power of cultural discourses and language to shape our lives and relationships. Ian has also studied and practiced various forms of meditation for four decades. The intersection of these influences led him to pursue an integration of mindfulness and Narrative Therapy, which includes attending to gestures and postures as expressions of distress, as statements of position, and as openings to preferred storylines. He is interested in notions of attentional capture and attentional choice, and the politics and ethics of mindful attention in therapy. Ian co-presented with David Paré the May, 2016 Collab Salon on Narrative & Mindfulness Practice and the June 2017 workshop, Creating Spaces for Emerging Practices.
Lynne Rosen

Lynne V. Rosen, LCSW (Pasadena, California) has been engaged in therapeutic work for over 25 years in medical, residential, inpatient, community and private practice settings. She found her therapeutic and philosophical home in the early 90’s when she traveled to New York to hear Michael White and David Epston. Most recently, she has focused her attention on integrating Narrative Therapy with EMDR, Somatic Therapies and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with clients who are living with the effects of Trauma, Eating Problems and other difficulties that compromise relational well-being. Her favorite proverb is an African one: “Until lions have historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.” Lynne has had a long-standing interest in bringing forward lions’ tales, stories and experiences at the margins, where there is wisdom and knowledge that can transport us all. She continues to feel passionate about teaching, supervising and public conversation work and for many years, she had the privilege of working as Core Faculty and Director of the Postmodern Therapy Training Program at PGI and Co-Founder of WPLA (Women’s Project Los Angeles).

Navid Zamani

Navid Zamani: “I’m an Iranian-American man who was born and raised in Southern California. I was raised in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, until I moved to Davis, CA to continue my studies. After acquiring my BA in Psychology and minor in Music from UC Davis, I moved to San Diego to continue my studies at San Diego State University in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have resided in San Diego since 2010 and have fallen in love with the cultures, geography, food and music.

There are threads in my life that have been constant, and initiatives that have developed due to opportunities at the time and/or my location. Music has always been a big part of my life, and I continue to enjoy playing the piano/keys and the drum kit. I am an avid surfer, and enjoy outdoor activities with my wife, such as camping, hiking and biking around San Diego. Reading and writing have always been a pleasure of mine, and academia became a natural fit in this way. Gardening is also one of my obsessions and I also really love my dog. All of these hobbies are situated within a framework of experiences that come along with identifying as a heterosexual male, an Iranian-American and the experiences of biculturalism that accompany that, my ability to speak Farsi and English, my education, and the values I hold.

I grew up observing the charitableness of my family, and connected with the sense of urgency and gratitude that they experienced from helping others. I watched my mom always donate her time and money to the underprivileged and underserved. I watched my aunts (who are educators in Iran) advocate and stand up for students who often didn’t have a voice. I am continuously grounded by the love and compassion my wife models in her daily life. I truly believe that my community’s health impacts my health, and I am dedicated in supporting those in need.”

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson One: Setting the Stage

What do we mean by the Affective Turn, and how does this shift in thinking interface with narrative therapy’s approach to rich story development and trauma and its consequences?   The first lesson introduces the course and our contributors and sets the stage to create space for emerging approaches while while honoring our most cherished narrative ideas, practices and ethics. We review the  philosophical foundations and associated practices associated with three key components of this course: rich Story Development, a response-based approach to trauma, and Narrative Therapy and the Affective Turn.  Here is a little glimpse at Navid Zamini offering the context for his intrigue with this topic.

This lesson focuses on the works of  Michael White, Maggie Carey, Lynne Rosen, Gerald Monk & Navid Zamini.

Lesson Two: Creating Space for Emerging Approaches

In this lesson, we grapple with philosophical congruence,  before exploring three key principles guiding the Affective Turn:  moving beyond the discursive turn, attending to emotional attunement and highlighting cultural somatics. In this brief video clip, SuEllen Hamkins describes Emotional attunement in narrative therapy.

This lesson focuses on the works of  SuEllen Hamkins, Lynne Rosen, Gerald Monk and Navid Zamini

Lesson Three: Narrative Therapy & The Effects of Trauma

In the third lesson, we first get oriented to Memory Theory, Trauma and Story Development. Then we explore Michael White’s work the consequences of trauma and response-based approach to trauma Allan Wade. In this brief video clip, Maggie gives a brief introduction to the interplay between memory theory, trauma and rich story development.

 This lesson focuses on the works of Michael White, Allan Wade and?

Lesson Four:  Rich Story Development & Neurobiology

In this lesson, Maggie Carey reviews several key concepts to guide interviewing practices:  building on narrative maps, as introduced by Michael White (Maps of Narrative Practice),neurobiology and rich story development, and scaffolding. In this brief video, Maggie describes Getting Embodied Rich Accounts: Two Stories Side-by-Side  to respond to the problem story, explore the effects, create reflecting surfaces and ask why.

This lesson focuses on the works of Michael White, Lev Vygotsky and Maggie Carey.

Lesson Five: Illustrations of Integrative Approaches

We focus on illustrations of Narrative Therapy & the Affective Turn. What does Affective work look like beyond talk therapy. David Pare and Ian Percy show how they integrate narrative therapy  with mindfulness practices. Lynne Rosen briefly describes her approach to integrating narrative therapy, EMDR and somatic therapies.We also highlight Laure Maurin’s work in Bordeaux France on When the Body Speaks. Watch an interview with Laure (translated into English) about her narrative work with the body.

 This lesson focuses on the works of  Navid Zamini, Gerald Monk, Laure Maurin, Lynne Rosen, David Pare and Ian Percy

Lesson Six: Next Steps

Our final lesson explores how to put these ideas into practice. We introduce the next course in this series.

 This lesson focuses on the works of Lynne Rosen, Navid Zamani and SuEllen Hamkins
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