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, each of which is curated by a small group and coordinator. 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 Crises and Opportunities for Change
During this time of significant shifts in our social and ecological world, what ideas and practices are we offering our clients, ourselves, and our wider communities? What does it mean to have an inspired relationship with Earth’s crises and these vast opportunities for intersectional change?Learn More
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!Learn More
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.. We include our David Epston Youtube playlist, the Wilbur podcasts by his close associate Kay Ingamells and a range David's contributions to our Collab Salons (past and upcoming) as well as a preview of the long awaited Where the Buses Don't Run Yet online series (as of May 2022 in active production). Thank you David! Please help us continue to grow these David Epston-inspired resources by sending us your contributions.Learn More
Narrative Therapy, Trauma & The Affective Turn
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 honor history while bridging with other embodied approaches?Learn More
Delving into Difference & Accountability
As narrative practitioners, enthusiasts and teachers, we wish to embody the values and practices that we believe in around difference, race, power and accountability. At the time of this writing (February, 2022), our news is awash with stories of the rise of white supremacy, racialized/racist legislation and the differential impact of Covid on communities of Color. During these historic and troubling times, many of us are asking ourselves: What actions can we take today and everyday? While recognizing there are many additional ways to delve into difference and accountability, this year our Curating Team highlights anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices with particular relevance to narrative practices within classrooms, organizations and therapeutic settings. We have condensed our Youtube playlist to highlight a few choice videos, added practical tools to share with others, and updated our podcasts, websites, relevant Collab Salons and other resources Addressing Racism & Anti-Blackness Attitudes, For Kids & Families and Taking Action .Learn More
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.Learn More
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?Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
Strengthening a Collaborative Narrative Network
As a consortium of narrative practice teachers, practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world, we seek to embody the spirit of collaboration and community by being such a community. Our intention is to build a uniquely supportive network cooperatively sharing narrative offerings throughout the world. Working together in partnership, we wish to create a collaboratory that uses technology constructively in productive and socially responsible ways. We are eager to bring together this network toward preserving, developing, and extending the legacy of narrative therapy.Learn More
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.Learn More
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?Learn More
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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We’ve made it easy with an online form where you can provide us with your text and media files including images, video, PDFs, and links. We look forward to hearing from you and doing our best to add as many contributions as we can to this rich resource! Please remember to honor confidentiality and to ensure permission.