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What is the Collab?
We are narrative practitioners, teachers, and students who wish to pursue our studies of narrative practice and collaborative inquiry, to reflect on developments in our work, and to keep learning through study, practice, reflection and invigorating conversation. Regardless of our level of knowledge and skill, we aspire to a beginners mind– an attitude of openness, eagerness, and awareness of preconceptions. We come together for training, professional development and continuing education in a narrative approach to therapy, organization and community work.
Our dream is to create a collaboratory where members from across geographic distance can find each other to build a global learning community that transcends geography, professional status, and other differences. By chipping in $100 for the annual membership fee, members help us maintain and build an array of online resources – courses, webinars and Conversation Forums. Now that we are a non-profit organization, we are seeking additional assistance from grants, graduate students and donations.
The Conversation Forum
Since 2008, our Conversation Forum offers a range of topics of shared interest in a narrative approach to therapy, organizational, and community work. Our forums include topics such as addiction and substance misuse, narrative therapy with children and their families, narrative psychiatry and mental health, narrative organizational practices, teaching and supervision- and so much more!
Beginning in January, 2015, Collab members from around the world can join the monthly Collab Salon – where guest speakers join us to share a kind of starter dough for conversation based on their current thinking and practices. We meet on the third Sunday of the month @ 5pm, NYC time. Each month we will focus on a different theme. It’s free to Collab members! You just need to sign up so we will reserve you a spot. Check out our “Members Only” section or our Blog to review archived material from each meeting – text, video and powerpoint slides.