Past Salons2018-10-14T09:26:54-04:00
Beginning in January 2015, the Collab discovered “Zoom” as a platform for faculty and members from around the world meet together informally in real time. Each month we focus on a different theme as kindling from which dynamic conversation ignites. Members can join us in real time and also review archived materials from past Salons here.

  • June 16, 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Daniel Angus will introduce us to PetSpace, The Headspace Primary Care and Youth Early Psychosis Program in Western Sydney, which has developed an innovative interspecies mental health program that offers a narrative informed therapy partnering with a variety of dogs, cats, horses and parrots as well as with humans. Young people registered in this program have learned how to support animals who are experiencing mental or physical health problems and in turn they learn about themselves by reflecting on their experience as an animal helper. Helping dogs experiencing anxiety or parrots who self harm have led to a variety of outcomes including the development of interspecies coping strategies, friendships among participants and reduced mental health symptoms for human helpers and animals. Working on a forthcoming book on interspecies communication, Jenny Freeman will respond to Dan's presentation as well as share a tale from her manuscript.

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  • May 19, 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Chris Darmody ( Perth, Australia) will present Narrative Walks -a hope-based, depathologising outdoor program that was developed to engage with populations that may not be drawn to conventional methods of therapy. This structured day program encourages participants to explore 15 narrative therapy questions, and to engage in a number of other activities during a 20 kilometre walk through the bush. The program invites different perspectives on problem stories, and offers walking as a narrative metaphor. Chris will outline his own hopes for the future development of Narrative Walks as a program transferable to many people and lands.

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  • April 21, 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Through our Re-woman project we are hoping to empower women to live in their preferred ways. In Russia the ideas are strong that "we are different from the West, as women had equal opportunities throughout the Soviet times". However, stats and practices are showing this is not the case. Through our meetings and interviews with women we are deconstructing the ideas around leadership and exploring the ways to lead. 

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  • March 17, 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Wonderfulness Enquiries (with children or Virtue Enquiries (with adults) have not only become the centrepiece of my  first sessions since David Epston introduced me to them a number of years ago, they have become the entire context for my practice. If you would like to learn how to bring the wonder of wonderfulness interviews into your work with anyone,  do join us! 

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  • February 17, 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Eminent scholars such as Makungu Akinyela and marcela polanco have written about an anti-colonial approach to narrative therapy. Join Travis Heath as he presents: "While this philosophy has traveled with me for some time, I wasn't certain how it was actually translating to practice. This was a rather distressful discovery for me. What good was a spirit that ran along side my practice but wasn’t making its way into the work? Over the last several months I have been spending much time trying to cultivate anti-colonial narrative questions. I will share my initial attempts at an anti-colonial narrative practice by showing questions within practice stories."

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  • January 20, 2019
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Problem stories are not equal. Some stories dirty and mar persons’ identities and these stories seem to have a particularly gripping effect in their lives. In the face of such marring and gripping problems stories, not just any story will do. We need to tell stories in our work that powerfully counter the damaging effects of gripping problem stories through practices that seek out the restorative power of beauty. Sanni and Tom shares some of the recent developments in their work that seek to restore the beauty and dignity of persons lives through the use of poetry, art, and performance.

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  • December 16, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Somatic therapies and a resurgence of interest in affect are two significant trends in recent times. These movements invite narrative-oriented practitioners to pause and unpack what claims are being made and their implications. In exploring challenges and possibilities, we considered the dialogical features, affective tones, emotional depictions and embodied expressions of re-membering practices. The December 2018 Collab focused on a notion of relational fields in instituting new forms of everyday living, especially giving attention to expanding relational fields of kindness when tyrannical and devaluing voices seek to usurp a person’s voice and erase their knowing about their achievements.

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  • November 18, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Sasha Pilkington shares a practice she calls “virtue inquiry” that guides her approach to end-of-life conversations. She listens for and elicits the virtues that are valued by the people with whom she’s meeting.   Virtue inquires draw on ideas and practices developed by David Epston including “getting to know the person ahead of the problem”, “researching moral character” and “wonderfulness inquiries” with children. They also build from a paper by Eve Lipchik (1988) called “Interviewing with a constructive ear” that had an influence on Sasha’s early practice. Virtue inquiries take place with adults or young adults and so flow differently from “wonderfulness inquiries” (see chapter 2 in Marsten, Epston & Markham, 2016).


  • October 21, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

As someone who is interested in the intersection between psychedelics and psychotherapy, Gabriel Garcia has many questions about the changing landscape of these substances, their legality, and viability as agents of psychological change. Gabriel presented some of the emerging models for working with stories of psychedelic experiences and fold these models into postmodern and narrative ideas. This was a springboard for the creating a generative discussion for those who attend.

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  • September 16, 2018
    5:00 pm - 6:10 pm

Have Post Modern ideas failed effective work in partnering with our clients around the role severe depression plays in people’s lives? It is Amy Gottlieb's contention it has. As someone with 43 years of lived experience with depression coming and going as an unwanted companion, she has been offered many well meaning yet unhelpful ideas from post modern practitioners. In this salon Amy endeavored to generate thought about how holding a rigid post modern stance (in the name of not being rigid) may not serve our clients as they come to us for help to get distance from depression robbing them of joy.

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