Re-Authoring Teaching has celebrated its 10 anniversary. We’ve spent time looking back and building new directions. Along the way,  we’ve identified a dozen Hot Topics guiding our narrative training activities. With the catastrophic Australian wildfires weighing heavily in our hearts, we renamed  Earth’s Environmental Crisis and Opportunity (EECO) as a BURNING Topic, to find the courage to counter the pull of ‘business as usual.’ Here we bring together a range of multi-media materials and selected additional resources to explore each theme. Some of these offerings are available to the public; others require Collab members, Online Courses & Consultation Group registrants to login. At the bottom of each topic, we include opportunities to contribute materials of your own.

Earth’s Environmental Crisis and Opportunity

Is it possible to have an inspired, creative relationship with Earth’s environmental crisis and opportunity? Humans’ disconnected relationship and extractive stances to nature are untenable, bringing massive planetary changes. In the face of immobilizing despair, what sparks dynamic movement? What do narrative ideas & practices offer our clients, ourselves, & our wider communities during these wild times? How might externalization reveal forces that render people small & helpless and open spaces for inspired resistance & protest? Calling in ways of being eco-sourced rather than eco-cidal, how do we rise to the occasion with our spheres of influence? Can marginalized & liberative narratives be discovered and offered towards shaping a world that is life-sustaining for all species?

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Michael White: Building on his legacy

In 2018, honoring the 10th anniversary of Michael’s death, Reauthoring Teaching started a community project that pools the collective influence of Michael White into an online resource that paints a picture of his legacy through many voices, perspectives and mediums. Join us!

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David Epston: Improvisation, Innovations & Collaborations

David Espton, co-founder of narrative therapy, brings a sense of wonder, adventure and innovation to his conversations and collaborations. What makes a good question? What guides inquiry in narrative therapy? What are some narrative lines of inquiry? Here we give a glimpse at David’s illustrious contributions to Playful Approaches,  Anti-anorexia/Anti-bulimia, Alternative sources of bravery, and Insider Witness Practices. Please help us continue to grow these David Epston-inspired resources by sending us your contributions.

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Across Narrative Generations: Co-Sparking with Emerging Voices

Many mentors are preparing the next generations(s) by supporting local practitioners in early career, bringing narrative practice to higher education settings and teaching workshops in Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand We witness- and take delight – in the emergence of new voices within a generation of narrative practitioners. The presence of these “fresh voices’ contributes immeasurably to our learning community. We are co-learning together.

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Delving into Difference & Accountability

How can Reauthoring Teaching embody the values and practices around difference, race, power and accountability that we believe in? We are learning as we go, and invite your participation. Below are Collab Salons with particular relevance. As follow-up to Narrative Camp, a small group (Akansha Vaswani, Charley Lang, Lynne Rosen & SuEllen Hamkins) met via Zoom to explore further developing inclusive, anti-oppressive practices at our future Reauthoring Teaching gatherings. They sent out a Cultivating Anti-oppressive practices survey to Camp participants.  Several Board members  are also participating (at reduced fee) in B Herring’s Delving into Difference Consultation Group.

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Narrative Practices Around the World: Intercultural Considerations

Narrative ideas and practices that began in Australia and New Zealand have now spread to many countries throughout the Americas, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa. What are some of the innovations emerging as practitioners apply narrative therapy to different culture, context and meanings? What kinds of questions do people in different cultures voice as they step into their cultural identities, and strive to make narrative therapy into their own?

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Narrative Skill Development

As follow-up to an earlier conversation (Psychotherapy Networker Conference, 2003), Michael exchanged with Salvador Minuchin at The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference (2005). Salvador insisted that there was something more guiding Michael's practice than following maps of narrative practice. Michael responded:"This is about skills development. I have always been in awe of jazz improvisation. When I see these musicians improvise, it looks so spontaneous. But it is a meticulous development of certain skills. It is and it isn’t spontaneity. There is no contradiction. Those musicians who seem the most spontaneous are founded on the most practice." This Hot Topic focuses on ways in which narrative practitioners can continue to grow in specific skill development while honoring a spirit of improvisation and rich story development.

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Narrative Practice Applied to Particular Areas

What are some of the particular areas where narrative practice is being applied? A range of possibilities include working with couples, sexuality, neurodiversity, queer counseling, mindfulness practices, end-of-life conversations, death & dying, yoga, etc. Feel free to search to see if a Salon, course, Consultation group, workshop focus on an area of interest. If not, please let us know an d we will do our best to add in the future.

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Integrating with a Variety of Approaches

What are some considerations in integrating other approaches with a foundation in narrative therapy? The affective turn- as described by Gerald Monk and Navid Zamani -as concerned with the connection between the mind, brain, and body, and its connection to the language of feelings, intentions, and choices which is both discursive and non-discursive. The turn to affect pays attention to what is beyond language and the discursive and focuses on what is located within the body. How can Narrative Therapy honoring history while bridging with other embodied approaches?

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Using Technology Constructively

Everyone knows the intrusions of technology in our lives in the 21st century. Is it possible for creating a ColLABoratory to become a counterstory to the narrative of technology as frustrating and distracting? How might we judiciously use the web in Productive and Socially Responsible Ways? How can we resist the Machization intrusions in our lives to find hope-generating discoveries and keep creating and sustaining a space for the human part of us?

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Teaching & Supervision

Are you teaching at an academic institution, offering narrative trainings in your communities and/or providing narrative training to other practitioners?  A number of our Partners, Workshop Presenters, Narrative Online Faculty and Educators Camp participants are interested in building a supportive network and narrative practice resource library available to higher education teachers and institutions. Please join us if you seek inspiration, information and resources for your teaching, training and supervision.

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Refreshing Our Spirit in the Work

As a collaborative venture, how can we come together around a shared vision of building a global learning community while at the same time building a culture of relating that honors local knowledges and the social location of its members? What are we learning about how local communities might think about co-learning narrative ideas and practices alongside others who perhaps have a longer relationship with these ideas and practices? How might we support Narrative principles and practices to be best learned, sustained and applied to people's particular professional and personal contexts? What will help us resist burnout toward sustaining a narrative future with support for practice, reflection, replenishment and community building?

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Add Your Contributions!

Each Hot Topic is a work in progress, which we hope to regularly update. Please fill out our Contribution Form to help build our Youtube Playlist and other Hot Topic resources.
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