A Yearlong Series Exploring Contemporary and Emerging Narrative Practices 


The NextGen Collaboratory

Poh Lin Lee

Akansha Vaswani-Bye

Peggy Sax

Co-hosts Poh Lin Lee, Akansha Vaswani-Bye, Peggy Sax and MANY cherished contributors

May 19, 2024; September 15, 2024; November 17, 2024; January 19, 2025; March 16, 2025, May 18, 2025

Sundays 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm EST or EDT (New York time)

Beginning May 19, 2024, co-hosts Poh Lin Lee,  Akansha Vaswani-Bye, and Peggy Sax will facilitate a series of six bi-monthly 3-hour gatherings reaffirming our narrative foundations while exploring contemporary and emerging narrative practices. With a deepening understanding of intercultural considerations, differences, and accountability, our new series embraces a co-learning approach based on “creating a collaboratory,” bringing together teachers, practitioners, students, and enthusiasts to explore a narrative approach across therapeutic, creative, community, political, academic and organizational fields. As the name suggests, the NextGen Collaboratory will emphasize the emergence of contemporary narrative therapy. It gives a platform to younger voices from varied cultural backgrounds that stretch and grow Narrative Therapy in the ever-evolving ways we believe the originators hoped would be their continuing legacy.  

We hope you will sign up for the series of all six gatherings and be part of these community conversations as they unfold.  If you book the entire series, you will receive a discounted rate. Re-Authoring Teaching members get further discounts.  Depending on your financial situation, choose between Patron, Sustaining, or Subsizided rates. Now approved, you can earn 18 Alliant CE credits for the entire series, or 3 CEs for attending each of the six online gatherings.

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Next, we describe each of the six gatherings. You can register for single events if you cannot join us for the entire series.

A series of six 3-hour generative conversations

Each gathering brings contributors from different perspectives to participate in a conversation focusing on a particular theme.  Witnesses to this conversation will then gather in small facilitated groups to reflect and inquire according to specific guiding questions into what they have heard, places of resonance, and ripple effects on their own experiences. Coming back together as a large group, we anticipate discoveries, new possibilities, and grappling with congruence.

Re-Authoring Teaching Members can register at a discount. While we encourage everyone to sign up for the entire series, it is also possible to select specific events.  You can earn 3 CE credits for each of the six gatherings.

Gathering #1: Building contemporary narrative therapy on what matters most to us.

**What is your narrative backbone?

Sunday, May 19, 2024 

4:00 pm- 7:00 pm EDT

Facilitators: Poh Lin Lee & Akansha Vaswani-Bye

Confirmed conversationalists: Maggie Carey, Gene Combs, David Epston, Jill Freedman, Sarah Beth Hughes, Charley Lang,  Gerald Monk, Marcy Rivas, Arturo Sanchez, Peggy Sax, Karen Young & Larry Zucker.

A conversation with narrative teachers exploring the luminaries that guide us, ethical considerations and other steadfast commitments, enduring practices, ideas, hopes, and special interests as we become witnesses to re-envisioning the future of narrative therapy.

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Gathering #2: Widening the Tent, Creating Bridges, Building Community

**How are you actively cross-pollinating with other fields of inquiry?

Sunday September 15, 2024

4:00 pm- 7:00 pm EDT

Facilitators:  Akansha Vaswani-Bye & Peggy Sax

Confirmed conversationalists include Tanya Barr (equitable access to mental health), Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin (Positive psychology, IPNB & mindfulness),  Lucy Cotter (the arts), Jan Ewing (physiology & training), SuEllen Hamkins (psychiatry), Chris Hoff (The Encyclopedia of Radical Helping), Poh Lin Lee (multi-storied bodies), Mary Clark Moschella (Pastoral counseling), Mark Mullkoff (Deleuzean philosophy), marcela polanco (decoloniality), Lynne Rosen (EMDR and somatic therapies), Navid Zamani (the affective turn).

A conversation about cross-pollinating with other fields of inquiry, social justice, community-building efforts, enthusiasms, cautions, emerging explorations, and grappling with congruence.

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Gathering #3: Innovations in Writing, Teaching, Supervision, Co-Research, and Research Practices

**How does narrative therapy shape your adventures with writing, research, co-research, supervision and teaching practices?

Sunday, November 17, 2024, 4:00 -7:00 pm EST

Facilitators:  Poh Lin Lee & Peggy Sax

Confirmed Conversationalists include John Beckenbach, Tim Donovan, Amy Druker, Sol Durso, Sarah Beth Hughes, Sarah Kahn, Randy Nelson, Beth Prullage, Juan Carlos García Rivera, Shawn Patrick and Akansha Vaswani-Bye.

Exploring how narrative ideas, practices, and ethics have spawned a range of co-research, research, supervision, teaching, writing and technological possibilities.

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Gathering #4: Considering Practices Across the Life Span and Differing Contexts

**Where do you focus your work, attending to specific contexts across the lifespan?

Sunday, January 19, 2025, 4:00-7:00 pm EST

Confirmed Conversationalists include Lodovica Guidarelli, Mona Klausing, Poh Lin Lee, Courtney Olinger, Shuo Yuan (袁硕),  Keiko Tsuzuki, Sabine Vermeire and Julia Wallace.

Facilitators: Akansha Vaswani-Bye & Peggy Sax

We build on the migration of identity metaphor and intergenerational explorations to discover innovative narrative practices with children and families, couples, death and dying, and other specific contexts.

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Gathering #5: Expressive Arts and Narrative Practice

**How do creative traditions and practices collaborate with narrative therapy in your context?

Sunday, March 16, 2025, 4:00-7:00 pm EST

Confirmed Conversationalists include Gabrielle Brady, Piper Clyborne, Ingrid Guerrieri, Jen (Kiki) Hart, Astrid Jones, Poh Lin Lee, Natalie Ivin Poole, Shoshana Simons, and Jon Tatelman.

Facilitators: Akansha Vaswani-Bye & Peggy Sax

We bring together people engaging in narrative practice with arts, music, filmmaking, and other creative contributions.

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Gathering #6: Beyond the Therapy Room

**How would you describe the places you co-create when you take narrative practices beyond the traditional therapy settings?

Sunday, May 18, 2025, 4:00 -7:00 pm EDT

Confirmed Conversationalists include Daniel Angus, Jenny Freeman, Yiannis Kafkas, Peggy Sax, Kitty Thatcher, Frankie Hanman Siegersma, Akansha Vaswani-Bye

Facilitators: Charley Lang & Poh Lin Lee

What travels with you, what is encountered, and what are ethical considerations when you engage with such innovative practices as peer support, home visiting, ecotherapy, and co-centering.

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Series Conversationalists

We are thrilled to bring together a team of colleagues contributing to this  series

Daniel Angus

Daniel Angus (Sydney, Australia) is a Psychologist and board-approved clinical supervisor who splits his time supporting early career helping professionals, seeing clients in his private practice, and fulfilling his commitments to a range of organizations, one of which is as Deputy Commissioner for the New South Wales Mental Health Commission. Daniel was formerly managing Headspace Services, a busy adolescent mental health service supporting young people in both a Primary care setting and those with first-episode psychosis in Western Sydney. More recently, Daniel held a National position with Canteen Australia providing support to Canteen’s Psychosocial Staff employed to support young people impacted by Cancer. Daniel has worked in a range of public and non-government services and continues to provide consultation to various boards and committees. Daniel has a strong interest in creative recovery, is focused on collaborative treatment approaches, and has trained specifically in Narrative therapy, and is particularly passionate about creative and engaging approaches to adolescent mental health.

Tanya Barr

Tanya Barr obtained her M.A. from Antioch Los Angeles in Clinical Psychology, where she specialized in Applied Community Psychology where she studied the reciprocal relationship between individuals and their communities. She believes that being connected to oneself and sacred other (people, nature, ancestors, etc...) is a pathway for integrative health and empowerment. She is in private practice as an LMFT and professor specializing in narrative explorations around race, trauma, relational dynamics, structural inequities, consumerism, spirituality, and sexuality. She is sex-positive, queer, kink, and poly practicing and welcomes the opportunity to be in communication with others who are seeking voice, clarity, connection in slowing down, and a renewed sense of joyful vitality.

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Ph.D., deeply cherishes nature and values being a mother, wife, activist, consultant, teacher, and compassionate practitioner. She was born and raised in Canada, is French speaking, loves cross-country skiing, dancing, rock climbing, and hiking snowy mountain peaks.

Marie-Nathalie directs Skills for Kids, Parents & Schools (SKIPS), a 9-month intense narrative therapy, neurobiology and mindfulness training program in California where she works with children, adults, families, and school communities. Prior to immersing herself in narrative therapy in the early 1990s, Marie-Nathalie had trained in Human Biology and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She now brings together fields that have influenced her life and work for the last 30 years, and as a result has pioneered narrative clinical practices to respond to distressing emotions and traumatic experiences. She has written over 50 professional articles and many books such as the popular The SKiLL-ionaire in every child: Boosting childrens socio-emotional skills using the latest in brain research (2010), written for parents, teachers and counselors (French, English, Spanish). She has also co-authored Collaborative Therapies and neurobiology: Evolving practices in action (Beaudoin & Duvall, 2017), and Mindfulness in a busy world: Lowering barriers for youth & adults to cultivate focus, emotional peace & gratefulness (Beaudoin & Maki, 2021). Her latest book, co-authored with Gerald Monk is currently in press with WW Norton and titled: Narrative practices and emotions: 40+ ways to support the emergence of flourishing identities. It combines her lifelong passion for the immense possibilities inherent to our bodies and brains, with novel narrative practices inspired by Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensorimotor Therapy, and Positive Psychology. With a background in improvisational theater and dance, Marie-Nathalie is well-known for her thought provoking and engaging presentations. Her websites are www.mnbeaudoin.com and www.skillsforkids-SKIPS.com.

Gabrielle Brady

Gabrielle Brady is an award-winning Australian/ British Director and Screenwriter based in Berlin. Gabrielle’s debut feature film ‘Island of the Hungry Ghosts,' made in collaboration with narrative therapist Poh Lin Lee, was nominated for an Independent Spirit award, Cinema Eye Spotlight award and won the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca film festival, Mumbai International film festival and the Australian independent film awar