Narrative Training & Supervision
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Co-hosted by SuEllen Hamkins and Larry Zucker
We each work in settings where we are providing both supervision and training. We’ve become very interested in the differences in those roles, and in how best perform each. Training usually tilts at least a bit towards an expert role, as we teach people how to do narrative therapy if they want to do it in a way that lines up with the the ideas and methods of the originators and of those who have developed the work over the last 30 years. But supervision, in narrative therapy and many other models, often invites us into a more collaborative role, where–in a way that parallels theory–the supervisee’s experience of their own emerging intentions and values as a therapist, and of the constraints to their working in preferred ways are told and re-told.
This focus on the experience of the therapist attempting to implement a therapy that has become theoretically interesting to them infuses our efforts. SuEllen in her work in the mind and body world where psychiatry meets narrative therapy, and Larry, in his recent work utilizing Insider Witnessing Practice as a training framework want to share their thoughts about what’s been working lately. And we want to find out what’s been working for you.
We hope, perhaps selfishly, that the conversation will also provide us with a bit of the sort of peer supervision-of-supervision that we have each sought out in our work.