Our 2021 Monthly Schedule 

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The Collab Salon is a monthly webinar when online presenters and members from around the world meet informally in real time for 1.5 hours. We always meet at 4pm on the third Sunday of the month (New York time). In each of these Zoom “meetings on a cloud,” we focus on a different theme relating to narrative practice for further reflection/inquiry, cross-cultural exploration and learning. After the meeting is over, the recording is added to our Library of Past Salons – available 24/7 to all Collab Salon members. All levels are welcome. You just need to register, download Zoom ahead of time, check your local time zone, and then come to our meeting room at the designated time.

Look below to see what’s in store for 2021. This year, we selected presenters with topics particularly relevant to our 12 Hot Topics and 1 burning topic for the New Decade.

I can’t recommend the Collab Salon enough. This year’s lineup showcases some of the most fascinating and innovative up and coming practitioners and their practice. And you can both meet and hear about this in the most intimate of situations, almost as if your were sitting around a dinner table speaking to one another as old friends. We should all be thankful to Re-Authoring Teaching for creating such a ‘space’ for us to meet one another from all around the world.

I am happy to be able to share with colleagues from around the world the methods and practices we have developed in France for working with companies and organizations!

Pierre Blanc-Sahnoun, Co-Founder La Fabrique Narrative

18 Alliant Continuing Education Credits Now Approved!

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Around the world, Covid-19 profoundly impacts our everyday lives. Dealing with the previously unimaginable, many of us are coping with worrisome, terrifying and heartbreaking crises or worrying about the future for ourselves and our loved ones.  While not in the same boat, we are in the same storm as each community – local and global -strives to come together to harness its unique skills, knowledge and experiences as we face very real challenges in everyday life. As narrative practitioners we are trained to double-listen to problems, to pay close attention to the suffering as well as to initiatives and events that might not be predicted by the problematic stories. Building  the Re-authoring Teaching virtual community applies similar practices to help us as individuals and communities endure the current pandemic in the digital age.  What are some of the sparkling moments where the dominance of the pandemic problem disappears? Please join us as we begin or new year with inspirations  that illustrate our shared commitment to embody the spirit of collaboration and community by being such a community. A range of contributors will share Covid inspired music, Community gatherings that collect wisdoms, Children and Family projects, Arts & Crafts, Gardens & Nature, Performances, and poetry.

The environmental crisis is increasingly showing up in our neighbourhoods through severe weather events, struggling ecosystems, and the coronavirus pandemic. How can we, as narrative therapists, offer pathways for coming into relationship with these escalating risks in ways that are not overwhelming nor lead to despair? How might we contribute beyond individualised models that leave far too many people without care for their collective challenges? How do we show up in solidarity with those who recognise the potential for a great breakthrough towards environmental and social justice? Narrative therapy has a rich lore of collective practice that has evolved beyond the office, which can be valuable in this context. Merle and Jenny will share collective initiatives in diverse settings in response to Earth’s environmental crisis and opportunity, followed by a conversation to explore possibilities and potential for our narrative therapy community.

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The international development of the narrative approach has allowed narrative ideas to inspire interventions in a wide range of areas. In particular, over the last 15 years or so, these ideas have been transposed into the world of business and organizations. Narrative coaches offer to accompany managers, teams and all working communities in exploring the meaning of their work and how the dominant economic discourses create or reinforce situations of power and privilege in the companies.  One of the most sensitive areas of this new field of action for narrative ideas is the accompaniment of suffering communities, either through psychosocial risks, burnout, bore-out, or even « return-out » (since the lockdown). There is a particular circumstance where they are very relevant: in those very frequent tragedies that are suicides in the workplace. Beyond this Collab salon, several projects are envisaged: setting up a Consulting Group to deepen all these subjects and bring concrete tools to all international colleagues interested in it, writing by Piper Clyborne of a first book in English on the subject? But the first step is to present an overview of corporate narrative practices, as well as a few stories that will show that the power and poetry of narrative ideas bring to the business world the political, therapeutic and ethical perspective it so often lacks.

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Even though the term “neoliberalism” often elicits eye rolls or glazed expressions, we use it because it is the most comprehensive label we have found for the dominant discourse shaping political and economic reality in the ‘developed world’ during the last 40 years. The neoliberal worldview treats monetary return on investment as the most highly valued measure of success, and it conceptualizes each of us as an entrepreneur in the world in competition with every other person; each of us as a tiny corporation. The metaphors of neoliberalism pull us away from any focus on community, collaboration, or caring for each other’s welfare. They invite us to focus on individuals, and away from social and cultural pressures. Instead of ‘unreasonable workload’, neoliberalism wants us to see ‘poor stress management’. Instead of ‘fear and worry due to financial insecurity’, it suggests we see ‘depression’. If we are to help people escape the constraints of neoliberalism, we must understand enough of how it has been constructed that we can expose its workings. This salon will provide an opportunity for the critical reflection that is necessary if we are to help people who consult with us see through the webs of neoliberal discourse and perceive possibilities for community, connection, and mutual caretaking.

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In this Salon, Barbara Herring (“B”) and Charley Lang will interview two new members of our narrative community, Tanya Barr and Eric Katende, both black clinicians and recent graduates of Antioch University. Tanya, Eric and B will speak to both the challenges and the hopes experienced as black students, community members and therapists in a very white world. Tanya and Eric will then select participants’ questions to respond to in an engaged collaborative conversation.

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Established in 2002, Le LAB is an endeavour of the CIPTO in Gatineau, Quebec, dedicated to making arts and creative expression accessible to all. We focus on people at-risk of living or already living with challenges related to substance use, homelessness and social exclusion. What do youth dealing with homelessness have to say about transitioning into adulthood? How can Digital Storytelling enable and unlock these knowledges? How can we, at a community level, create the space for these stories to be listened to and heard? The presentation will hopefully include a participant of one of these workshops to share their experience and their stories.

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How have the immigrant rights movement and immigrant rights voices resisted the negative dominant discourses about immigrants? What discourses and language haves the immigrant rights movement and immigrant leaders created? How has this discourse and language evolved and influenced, particularly, how undocumented immigrant therapist and clients story themselves, their lives, and their work in the past and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nidya will discuss the connections she has found and utilized between the immigrant rights movement and Narrative Therapy and how these have inspired her therapeutic work with clients.  She will facilitate a conversation with Latinx immigrant community members and therapists with an undocumented status.

temper tantrum“David Epston has invented many imaginative, and startlingly successful ways of disappearing problems for children & young people which he has documented in stories from his practice in many publications. I have found that using his ideas successfully within my own practice has required more of me than simply following the guidance in the  stories, and I have had failures along the way. In this Collab Salon, I will illustrate David’s approach to Temper Tantrums with using recent examples from my own practice to children & young people which have been successful in just two sessions. I will also touch on what I am a learning so far about applying David’s remarkable inventions.” Kay Ingamells

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Have you seen anyone spending extraordinary hours working in isolation with the best of intentions, being fueled by expectations or a sense of obligation/responsibility even though the initial fuel was un-mistakably passion, curiosity, creativity and/or social justice? In our first Anti-Machinalization Global Summit 2019, we invited the very problem ‘Machinalization’ as our guest speaker who proudly presented its juicy techniques for machinalizing Sumie and so many other humans around the world. During the last two years, Machinalization seems to have grown even more powerful, developing cruelly-sophisticated tactics for orchestrating its global influences. Anti-Machinalization Global Summit 2021 will again invite Machinalization as our controversial and provocative guest speaker and have Sumie Ishikawa (with rich ‘insider’ experience) interviewed by her dear narrative sister, Amy Druker. Participants were invited to join in a group discussion, where taken-for-granted Machinalizing discourses and practices that are woven into the capitalistic structure of modern society can be called into question. Let’s imagine together small acts of co-resistance and more humanizing ways to survive and thrive in this ever-Machinalizing time we live in today!

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Men who had experienced sexual abuse as children established SAMSN (Sexually Abused Men’s Support Network)  in Sydney Australia specifically  for men who had been sexually abused as children. Professionally facilitated peer support groups are among the many services they run. Terry and Rob have been facilitators for the Adelaide groups, but groups are run throughout New South Wales.

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How will narrative practice sustain and transform in the coming years and decades? While honoring our mentors, we take delight in the emergence of newer voices within a generation of narrative practitioners. The presence of these “fresh voices’ contributes immeasurably to our learning community, as we co-learn together. Building on the Across Narrative Generations: Co-sparking with emerging voices  Hot Topic for the New Decade, this  Collab Salon will  explore behind the scenes of two Reauthoring Teaching projects: 1) What I learned from my mentor: A community-wide project to build a Youtube playlist that captures learnings from cherished mentors; we hope to inspire others to contribute 2)  Finding our way in Narrative Conversations: Maggie Carey Interviews: A new miniseries based on three edited interviews with three workshop participants (Shelburne Vermont, June 2016), demonstrating specific narrative practices on a whiteboard. Through Reflecting teamwork, questions and responses and a gathering of skillful narrative practitioners from around of the world who trained extensively with Maggie:  Raviraj Shetty & Jehanzeb Baldiwala (Mumbai, India), Alfonzo (Poncho) Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico), Sonja Bar-Am, Terry Callahan and Mark Byrne (Adelaide, S. Australia). Together we inquiry into why Maggie went the way she did in each interview, and how this relates to our own everyday practices.

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This conversation will be an introduction to Narcissism and Narcissistic Abuse using a Narrative Lens. My hope is that this introduction will be able to help clinicians notice when they may have a client who has been victimized by a narcissistic person, while listening to the experiences and feelings that the client describes. This introduction also aims to offer clinicians some new language to more precisely describe and discuss the most notable signs of this type of abuse – isolation, gaslighting, triangulation, and coercive control. Moreover, we will be able to discuss and create language that bridges the gap between a narrative approach, which entails curiosity, deconstruction, and externalized language, and a Narcissistic Abuse Recovery perspective that tends to be more psychoeducational and directive in its approach. B. Herring

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