What might Narrative Approaches offer when working with people’s experiences of difficulty and trauma in their lives such as with abuse or violence, intense loss, or being subjected to oppression or injustice? The second course in this series explores Narrative Practices that have been found useful when the effects of trauma establish a sense of vulnerability, hopelessness and a sense of being stuck in the past events and not being able to ‘do’ life. Again, we capture some of Maggie Carey’s best teaching moments from her Vermont workshop, Catching up with Narrative therapy: The Art of Going Slowly with Intent.
Additionally, we bring in the voices of Maggie’s colleagues, Shona Russell, Rob Hall, Lisa Johnson and Sue Mann at Narrative Practices Adelaide to focus on clear illustrations from their work contexts.
Together, we explore a number of narrative practices that support the development and maintenance of stories that are different from the story that the trauma often enforces:
- The pathway of the ‘absent but implicit’ provides a way to establish some solid ground in the preferred story. From this position, the experience of the trauma can be made sense of as a reflection of what has been violated in what the person holds dear. The expression of pain or distress can also be seen as an active response to what has happened, and stories of personal agency can be developed.
- The practice of gathering an audience of ‘outsider witnesses’ to the telling of the preferred stories of life is also explored in this course. The resonance that is experienced in these definitional ceremonies makes a huge contribution to Rich Story Development.
- Shona Russell will share some developments in using the ‘rite of passage’ metaphor for the re-storying of people’s lives where there has been great difficulty. This metaphor provides a supportive framework for undertaking a journey to a new account of self, and honors that change is not something that happens overnight.
Rich Story Development Youtube Playlist
Please come visit the Re-authoring Teaching Youtube Channel where we have created The Rich Story Development Playlist. Here we will highlight a few excerpts:
Listening in Narrative Practice