Monday, Oct 29, 2018 EastView at Middlebury Middlebury, Vermont
The entire team was so moved and inspired. We had non therapists – nurses, intern, doctor, social worker, counselors — i haven’t heard Tom who was with us speak so highly of an event EVER. And our intern has completely shifted her coursework focus as a result of the exposure to narrative. So powerful. So complex and yet so simple. Tara Graham, Executive Director of Hospice and Palliative Care at The UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice
Gentle, well paced stories told with love and care. William Cooke, Kalowna British Columbia
Good size, clear and fluid presentation. Jane Kast, Montpelier Vermont
Are you meeting with people living with a serious illness, facing life-ending illness and/or loved ones grieving after someone has died? What guides your approach to these conversations? Or are you interested in narrative practices and extending your skills? Through case stories, transcript and an audio recording, Sasha McAllum Pilkington shared a narrative approach to therapeutic conversations that focus on: listening for virtue, companioning, making meaning and enhancing a person’s sense of agency. Her presentation set the stage for a lively exchange of ideas about serving people as they approach the end of their lives, and their families/friends/communities supporting them.
We were thrilled to welcome Sasha McAllum Pilkington to Vermont for her first visit to the USA. Having been a narrative therapist for more than 30 years, Sasha has worked since 2008 as a counsellor for Hospice North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand. As part of Sasha’s weekly practice she meets with people who are living with a life ending illness, and their families, both in the community and in the hospice inpatient unit. She also meets with family members who are grieving after someone has died.
Sasha has published several articles illustrating narrative practice with people who are dying and is currently writing a book with co-authors Arthur Frank and David Epston.
Carlson, T., Epston, D. , Haire, A., Corturillo, E., Lopez, A., Vedvei, S., Pilkington, S. (March 2017) Learning Narrative Therapy Backwards: Exemplary Tales as an Alternative Pedagogy for Learning Practice, Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 94-107
Epston, D., Heath, T., Ingamells, K., Pilkington, S. (June 2016) Exemplary Tales: Virtual Apprenticeships
Thank you to all who participated in Sasha Pilkington’s workshop! What a terrific gathering! On November 21, 2018 Collab Salon, Sasha will present on Virtue Inquires. Please join us! You do not need to be a Collab Member to register for- and participate in – this Salon. We hope that you will decide to Become a Member (among other benefits, members have 24/7 access to our Library of Past Salons.)
On All Things Counter, Original, Spare, and Strange: The Poetry and Heart of Narrative Therapy
March 29-30, 2019 (Friday-Saturday)
with Tom Stone Carlson and Sanni Paljakka
Over the course of our two days together, we will highlight recent developments in narrative therapy that seek to bring forth stories that have literary merit; stories that counter damaged identities, stories that sing, and stories that love and beckon us forward. We will share examples of our own work and recent collaborations with David Epston including Insider Witnessing Practices and the use of poetry, art, and performance in ways that seek to restore the beauty, honor, and dignity of persons lives. Rather than being a “how to” only, we will offer participants an inside view of these practices through the use of videos, transcripts, and performances of the work. Our hope is that this event will re-ignite your sense of curiosity and passion for what is possible in this work.
Watch this site for further details!
We’d love to know your reflections on Sasha’s workshop. Any suggestions for additional training topics, presenters and guest visitors to Vermont?