Drawing from the practices in the first course, David and Kay intensively study actual interviews, guided by two inter-woven themes: 1) What is a good question and what does such a question do? and 2) What is a good story and how does it ‘counter’ a problematic story? Studying videos and their transcripts, their commentaries pay close attention to specific counter-storying practices. Innovative teaching methods draw from ‘The Apprenticeship in the Artistry of Narrative Practice Program with David Epston, Kay Ingamells and Tom Carlson. For those interested in learning more intensive training situated within their own practice, this series serves as a gateway to The Apprenticeship.
Here we will meet with Joel, who is 16 and has met with his counsellor 8 times. Joel has very irregular school attendance and when he does, he has panic attacks. His family migrated from South Africa when he was 12. His father has a long history of drug addiction and violence against Joel’s mother as well as Joel. Joel also has assaulted his mother. His parents are considering divorce. Prospects for his future appear very bleak save his aspiration to become a veterinarian.
Riri is a 17 young Maori woman who was taken in to custody of Youth Justice for the reason of her homelessness and gang violence. Rather unusually she is invited to live with the family of her ‘best friend’ Bella along with Michelle’s(Bella’s mother) seven other children. In this interview, her identity as a ‘bad girl’ is contradicted by the redefinition of her as a ‘good girl’.