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Reconstructing identities and inviting preferred stories of self: Narrative practices in mental health settings and prisons by Marilyn O’Neill and Gaye Stockell: Friday afternoon at Dulwich Centre
Gaye Stockell and Marilyn O’Neill have been engaging with narrative ideas for well over twenty years. They were two of the first practitioners to use ‘re-authoring practices’ within psychiatric settings.
In this video presentation they look back to the ‘Worthy of Discussion Groups’ that took place in a community mental health rehabilitation service. They describe how these groups involved reconstructing identities and inviting preferred stories of self.
Marilyn and Gaye also discuss how they are now engaged with people in reconstructing identities in many other contexts, including within prisons.
We invite your reflections on this video and the social construction of identity.
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