Contemporary Narrative Therapy with David Epston and Kay Ingamells

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First Course in New Series!

Course Description

Through a range of audio, video, text and teaching tales, the first self-paced course in this series explores Contemporary Narrative Therapy, an emergent approach distinguishable from Classical Narrative Therapy (1985-2008).  Building on collaborations  between narrative therapy co-founders Michael White and David Epston,  this foundational course reviews and illustrates such foundational practices as Getting to Know a Person’s Uniqueness, Counterstorying, Letter-Writing, and Disappearing Problems for Children & Young People.  We begin with this brief introduction to the Art of Narrative Inquiry.

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Registration gives unlimited access to all course materials for personal use for an unlimited time.  You can start this course at anytime: all course materials are available on-demand, and adaptable to personal schedules. For an additional $25, registrants can earn 8 APA approved CE credits through Alliant International University.

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David Epston

David Epston (Auckland, New Zealand) David Epston, co-founder of narrative therapy alongside Michael white, brings a sense of wonder, adventure and innovation to his conversations and collaborations. What makes a good question? What guides inquiry in narrative therapy? What are some narrative lines of inquiry? The collaboration between David and Michael began in the late 1970s, as continued for many years. David’s best known publications are White and Epston(1990), Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends; Freeman, Epston and Lobovits(1997), Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families and Maisel, Epston and Borden(2004), Biting The Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia, Narrative Therapy in Wonderland.

For more information, please review: David Epston: Improvisations, innovations and collaborations.

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.

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson One: Getting Oriented

We introduce David and set the stage for Contemporary Narrative Therapy focusing on his commitment to improvisations, innovations & collaborations. Kay describes her apprenticeship with David that led to discover of her own approach as illustrated through Lyle’s Story: Transforming Anxiety to Bravery, Wilber the Warrior, and Letter-writing. Together they describe their unique approach to training through transcripts.

Lesson Two: Remembering Michael

David remembers Michael and imagines what might have come next if Michael had lived. Through Re-imagining Narrative Therapy: Histories for the Future, David further illustrates his approach to the artistry of narrative practice.

Lesson Three: The Art of Narrative Inquiry

How does someone learn the craft of narrative inquiry toward becoming a narrative artist? The lesson begins with the reminder that this is not about learning to become David’s clone.  Michael often referred to a quote by literary theorist  Lionel Trilling   “It’s the copying that originates.” Akin to improvising in jazz, first you learn the scales and then you leave them to one side to express your own creative bent.

Lesson Four: Developing the Counterstory

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Lesson Five: Getting to Know a Person’s Uniqueness

Lesson Five explores the commitment to resist psychopathologizing the people who consult with us, and to find ways to dignify, respect weird abilities (the Annals of the New Dave) and conduct the  wonderfulness interview

Lesson Six: Letter writing?

rewrite: What are some of the take-aways and how might narrative practitioners make creative use of these learnings?

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Lesson Seven: Illustrating with Sebastian

This lesson explores the art of narrative inquiry as applied to David’s well-known interview and follow-up seven years later with Sebastian, which has been available since 2002 through Masterswork Production under the name: “Narrative Therapy With a Young Boy: Hannah is in my Heart Now. In addition to exploring the original video and transcript, Kay gives her commentary.

Lesson Eight: For Further Interest

In this final lesson we offer several next steps for people wanting more. We introduce Two Interviews with David Epston:  Counterstorying, Wonderfulness Enquiries & Witnessing Practices – the next course in this series- that puts into practice the principles covered in this first course. For further interest, we also offer other resources by Kay and David, individually and collectively. We include instructions for anyone who has signed up to earn CEs for this course. This short clip describes Teaching Through Internalized Other Interviews

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