While Dulwich Centre is located in Adelaide, Australia, you can find our team members in many different parts of the world. Different faculty members and community workers are engaged in diverse projects.
Cheryl White is the Director of Dulwich Centre and the founder of Dulwich Centre Publications where she works as publisher, editor, teacher, training co-ordinator, conference host, and initiator of projects. Cheryl is the co-editor of various books, including Conversations about gender, culture, violence & narrative practice: Stories of hope and complexity from women of many cultures. More information about the work of Dulwich Centre Publications can be found in the book A community of ideas: Behind the scenes. Cheryl is particularly interested in finding ways to support the work of practitioners in difficult and challenging contexts. She is the Chairperson of the Dulwich Centre Foundation which is vitally interested in the interface between narrative therapy and work with wider groups and communities.
David Denborough (PhD) works as a community worker, teacher and writer/editor for Dulwich Centre. He is particularly interested in cross-cultural partnerships which limit the chances of psychological colonization and create possibilities for cross-cultural inventions, such as the Team of Life Narrative Approach and Tree of Life (with Ncazelo Ncube). These collective narrative methodologies seek to assist people to address the effects of traumatic experiences without having to speak directly about them.
David is also vitally interested in how collective narrative practices can spark and/or sustain social movement and in projects that respond to racism and seek to strengthen social cohesion/inclusion. Recent teaching/community assignments have included Brazil, Palestine, Singapore, Austria, Brazil, Hong Kong, Kurdistan (Iraq), India, Canada, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and a number of Aboriginal Australian communities. David is also a coordinator of the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work with the University of Melbourne. His songs in response to current social issues have received airplay throughout Australia and Canada. His books/publications include:
Barbara Wingard has been involved with Dulwich Centre since 1994 when she played a key role in the 'Reclaiming our stories, reclaiming our lives' gathering for Aboriginal families who had lost a family member due to deaths in custody. Barbara was one of the first group of Aboriginal Health Workers trained in South Australia. She is the co-author, with Jane Lester, of the influential book Telling our stories in ways that make us stronger. Barbara is one of the teaching team of the Dulwich Centre Foundation. She also plays a key role in Dulwich Centre's engagement in community projects. Barbara was named Elder of the Year (Female) in South Australia in 2008 and she is a current Commissioner for the Environmental Resources and Development Court.
Carolyn Markey has considerable experience and great interest in counselling children, young people, and their families or caregivers in relation to a broad range of problems that are affecting their lives. Carolyn has particular experience in the areas of family separation, effects of violence and abuse, school-related difficulties, and working with people affected by concerns about anxiety or depression. Carolyn also enjoys using narrative ideas in group settings; this has included groups about sole parenting, living with the effects of violence and abuse, or groups of men wanting to take responsibility for abusive actions. Carolyn also has considerable experience supervising other practitioners in narrative therapy. Alongside her counselling practice, Carolyn works with the Teaching Partnership at Dulwich Centre and has taught narrative therapy workshops in Adelaide, throughout Australia, and in Hong Kong.
Chris Dolman values and enjoys working with individuals, couples, children, and families who are responding to a broad range of problems and concerns in their lives and relationships. Chris works both in private practice and for a non-government organisation. In addition to having considerable experience in working with people facing issues of violence and abuse, he has worked with people around family separation, parenting, grief, addictions, mental health concerns, and relationship matters.
Jane Hales started work in reception at Dulwich Centre on 30 April 1984, and has very much enjoyed her time here being involved with the office work, typesetting and layout of the journals and books, general accounting, workshop and conference organising including travelling to Atlanta and Liverpool for the conferences, database management, managing bookstalls, and more! Currently Jane is working as an assistant to Cheryl White.
Carolynanha is an Adnyamathanha, Aboriginal person from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia and currently works as a counselor and educator at the Cancer Council SA. She is passionate about supporting Aboriginal people to find ways of making changes around the way they are smoking. Carolynanha has been involved with narrative practices since 2005. She has a Diploma in Narrative Approaches for Aboriginal People (Counselling, Group and Community Work) and is a recent graduate of the Inaugural Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Carolynanha is involved with Dulwich Centre Foundation’s community projects.
Anni Paech has been employed at Dulwich Centre since March 2015 as part of the admin team. Her role also extends to Student Liaison for the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work and she also assists in the organisation and administering of Dulwich Centre’s training. In November 2015, Anni completed her undergraduate degree in Languages at the University of Adelaide with a double major in French and Italian and plans to continue her studies in 2016.
David Epston, (MA, CQSW, D.Litt) is the co-director of The Family Therapy Centre and teaches at the School of Community Development, Unitec Institute of Technology. He is the co-author of Biting the hand that starves you: Inspiring resistance to anorexia/bulimia (2004), Playful approaches to serious problems (1997), Narrative means to therapeutic ends (1990), and many other publications. In 2002, he was recognized by a Special Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Therapy by the ANZJFT, and in 2007, the American Family Therapy Academy presented him with the 'Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice' award.
Jill Freedman is director of Evanston Family Therapy Center in North America, where she has a therapy and consulting practice. Together with her partner, Gene Combs, she has authored three books: Symbol, story, and ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy, Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities and Narrative therapy with couples... and a whole lot more! and more than 25 book chapters and articles. She teaches internationally and is very excited to be able to join in some of Dulwich Centre's programs.
Angel Yuen is a school social worker and private practitioner in the multicultural context of Toronto, Canada. She has a particular interest in finding and co-discovering hopeful and creative ways of responding to hardship. She is also a founding member and faculty of the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto. In 2006 Angel joined the Dulwich Centre team to become a faculty member for their international courses. She is coeditor with Cheryl White of the 2007 book Conversations about gender, culture, violence and narrative practice: Stories of hope and complexity from women of many cultures.
Lorraine Hedtke (MSW, LCSW, PhD) is a professor at California State University San Bernardino, where she teaches school counselling and coordinates the program in Counselling and Guidance. Lorraine’s career has blended clinical practice and educational endeavor. She writes, researches, and teaches about social constructionist practices in conversations with the dying and the bereaved. She regularly teaches about death, dying, and bereavement and narrative therapy throughout the United States and internationally. She is an associate member of the Taos Institute in the US. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional and trade publications and newspapers. Along with John Winslade, she is the co-author of Re-membering lives: Conversations with the dying and the bereaved. Her children's book, My grandmother is always with me, is co-authored with her daughter, Addison. Further information and articles can be found at www.rememberingpractices.com.
John Winslade is a Professor at California State University San Bernardino and also teaches part-time at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. He has co-authored six books on narrative practice and was the founding managing editor of Explorations: An E-Journal of Narrative Practice.
Ruth Pluznick is the clinical director a public children's mental health centre in Toronto and a senior faculty of Narrative Therapy Centre. For the past three years, Ruth and her colleague, Natasha Kis-Sines have participated in the 'gathering stories ' project initiated by Dulwich Centre, developing narrative ideas and practices where a parent is experiencing mental health difficulties. Ruth's agency, Oolagen Community Services, is also involved in a partnership with Dulwich Centre in an initiative designed to foster intergenerational alliances within the Tamil and other multicultural communities in Toronto and the Kite of Life exercise.
Sekneh Beckett lives in Sydney, where she is part of the teaching team at Macquarie University’s Social Health course. Sekneh enjoys working with people from diverse backgrounds and holds a position of curiosity from which to explore and honour people’s creative acts of resistance. Sekneh is able to teach about narrative therapy in English and Arabic.
The Palestinian Narrative Institute is based at the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (TRC) in Ramallah and provides narrative training and supervision in Arabic. Nihaya Abu Rayyan, Wael Dawabsha and Sahar Mohammad (pictured here in Egypt) are the three senior narrative teachers and supervisors. Dulwich Centre Foundation International works closely with the TRC and the Palestinian Narrative Institute.
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David Newman lives and works in Sydney where he has an independent counselling practice through Charing Cross Narrative Therapy Centre. David's recent teaching assignments have included China, Rwanda, and Palestine. He is currently working with Marnie Sather in developing resources for families who have lost loved ones to suicide. He is the author of the influential paper 'Rescuing the said from the saying of it: Living documentation in narrative therapy'. Click to contact David c/o Charing Cross Narrative Therapy Centre.
Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo is an educational psychologist and a narrative therapist with over ten years experience working with children and communities affected by and infected with HIV and AIDS in east and southern Africa. She currently works as an independent consultant/service provider providing services that include training and capacity development on child-centred, family, and community-focused approaches/ methodologies to help alleviate trauma and hardship. Ncazelo works with different organisations and government departments throughout Africa. In 2008, Ncazelo formed the Family Strengthening Center of Southern Africa which helps families cope with hardships in the context of HIV and AIDS, poverty, and conflict.
Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Durrumbul woman who lives in Kuranda and works in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Tileah works as an Emergency Department and Intensive Care Social Worker at the Cairns Hospital. Here Tileah works to adapt her narrative therapy practice to a hospital setting, around issues of illness, death and dying. Tileah is also a member of Indigenous Allied Health Australia. Tileah enjoys being a part of the Dulwich Centre teaching team and especially in delivering Narrative Therapy training through an Aboriginal Lens.
Radhika Santhanam-Martin is a clinical psychologist who works in the field of trauma. She has more than two decades of experience in clinical practice in institutions in India, Canada and Australia. In Australia, she has worked in tertiary hospitals and universities as a clinical consultant and senior lecturer. Over the last ten years, the focus of her work has been on mental health service development and evaluation in Indigenous contexts. Currently she works with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrant families in group, family and individual settings. Her primary interest areas include: a) ways of working with cultures b) attachment and trauma c) narrative methods of practice and d) enhancing the reflective capacity of workers in health in settings using professional supervision. Radhika is assisting Dulwich Centre Foundation in relation to a number of projects.
Marcela Polanco, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, lives and works in Monroe, Louisiana, U.S. She is part of the faculty team of the family therapy programs at University of Louisiana at Monroe. marcela’s clinical, teaching, supervision, and research work is inspired by a narrative practice framework. She is particularly interested in exploring decolonizing means by which to renew narrative practices to maintain cultural solidarity, in her case, to her Colombian/Latin American perspectives. Other of her interests includes the development of narrative inquiries informed by cultural and linguistic sensitivities learned from postmodern translation studies, bilinguality, and Latin American magical realism. This is, to contribute to people, their families, and their communities to intervene in their lives and relationships aesthetically and ethically.
Mark Hayward works as a Family Therapist in the health service in UK and applied himself to a number of systemic models before training in narrative therapy. He works with young people and their families in a mental health setting and often uses videos of practice to analyse and demonstrate practice skills. Mark has been teaching narrative practice for about ten years after studying with Michael White and qualifying on the first Dulwich Centre post-graduate International course. Mark is a founding Director of the UK Institute of Narrative Therapy which brought together teachers and therapists in UK to co-ordinate training in narrative practice.
Saviona Cramer is a Narrative and Family Therapist and co-owner of the Barcai Institute of Narrative Family and Couples Therapy in Tel Aviv, Israel. Saviona has been practicing, teaching and supervising Narrative Therapy for the last 22 years, since connecting with Michael White while training at the Ackerman Institute. As a Narrative Family therapist, she works with couples around relationships and sex, with children and their families, anorexia and bulimia, and trauma. She has published several articles about her work and presented at Narrative conferences since 1997.
Manja Visschedijk was born in the Netherlands and raised on Meru Country in an immigrant community in the Riverland region of South Australia. Manja’s family and cultural values fostered a passion for social justice early in life, later embracing feminist ideas and practices. Manja was recognised in the ACT Government Centenary Women’s Honour roll for her contribution as a women’s advocate and she remains committed to addressing issues of privilege, dominance and marginalisation. Manja has worked with individuals, couples, groups and communities over the past 35 years in a range of roles including counselling, advocacy, case-management, group work, community work, supervision and senior management. Manja is currently employed as a Counsellor Advocate with the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS) in Adelaide. Manja has been associated with the Dulwich Centre as a Graduate Advisor since graduating from the Inaugural Advanced Diploma in Narrative Therapy in 2002. She has previously taught Narrative ideas as part of the Canberra Narrative Collective in the early 2000’s, and more recently with the Australian Institute of Relationship Studies, on the Diploma of Counselling and Group Work course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community workers.
Sue Mitchell has over 20 year’s experience working as a psychologist, community and project worker in urban, rural and remote Australia as well as internationally. She has long held a commitment to approaches that are informed by social justice frameworks, consider the contexts of people’s lives and that honour people’s unique meaning making, capacities and skills in living.
For over 25 years I have been working with the narrative practices and ideas as a teacher, supervisor and therapist, applying these to a wide range of problems. A large part of my work is connected to working with trauma, loss, couple therapy and women that struggle with eating difficulties. In 1984 I joined the Barcai Institute, the Center for Individual, Family and Marital Therapy in Tel Aviv, a center for teaching, supervising and therapy with couples, individuals and families. Since 1994 the Barcai Institute has been a leading institution for teaching and training of Narrative Therapy in Israel for which I have personally played a major role in developing the curriculum and teaching it. I am a clinical certified member of AAMFT (1983) and a certified Supervisor in Marriage and Family Therapy by the Israeli Association (1985). I have published articles on Narrative work in English and Hebrew.
Christian Beels is a retired psychiatrist who has specialized in work with the families of the severely mentally ill, helping to form institutions and narratives that make use of their numbers and their common experience. At Bronx Psychiatric Center, he founded an inpatient and outpatient service that served the mentally ill of a large area of the Bronx with multi-family groups as the centerpiece of their psychiatric services. At the Psychiatric Institute affiliated with the Columbia Psychiatry Department, he founded the Public Psychiatry Fellowship, a program that introduces psychiatrists after residency to the possibilities of a career in the public sector. He is the author of A different story: The rise of narrative in psychotherapy.
Poh Lin Lee has worked in Australia and overseas in the area of family violence, state violence, displacement and seeking asylum for individuals, families and children. Poh Lin is dedicated to co-researching creative narrative practice in responding to the problems people face in significant hardship. Poh Lin is currently working for a torture and trauma counselling agency.
Lobna works as a clinical supervisor for the Community Restorative Centre in Sydney and as a casual tutor (social work) at The University of Sydney. She has been connected to narrative practices for almost 10 years, with a particular passion for people affected by the criminal justice system. Lobna is interested in exploring alternative possibilities, alternative knowledges, and in people’s acts of resistance from the periphery. Narrative therapy practices have allowed Lobna to remain committed to acts of social and political activism, while at the same time positioning individuals and communities as experts and knowledge-producers. Her current PhD research is focussed on juvenile justice policy, and draws on Michele Foucault and Carol Bacchi to disrupt dominant current discourses that produce particular types of subjects. Lobna hopes to explore alternate discourses that have less-harmful effects on people and on communities.
Loretta works for a non-government organisation in a community facing significant disadvantage. She also works in private practice through Narrative Therapy Connections Sydney. Loretta meets with people responding to a range of issues in their lives including relationship concerns, parenting issues, grief, and problematic drug use. Loretta is particularly passionate about assisting people where expressions of distress (including self-harm or suicidal thoughts) have arisen from witnessing or being subjected to violence, in reclaiming their lives from these effects. She enjoys her work very much, especially seeing the liberating effects of conversations deconstructing dominant ideas about ‘mental illness’ labels, gender, family, race and class.
Ola Elhassan is a Social worker with over 15 years’ experience working across different communities. Through having the opportunity to work in both the NGO and Government sector she has managed to acquire a variety of skills and had the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds. She is passionate about working with young people and has developed and facilitated a range of training tools and programs for young people that have been, and continue to be, effectively delivered within various community organisations & schools. She sits on several steering committees and She also founded the Locked Out Support and Network committee, which supports women and children with a relative in Prison.
Accidental web-wizard. Sarah picked up some web-development skills while stranded for a few months in Silicon Valley, California.
Since then it has been her pleasure to work with narrative therapists (in her off-hours), to create an engaging presence for narrative therapy online.
In particular she is thrilled to collaborate with the Dulwich Centre—tending to their their ever-evolving online space.
Sarah works in mental health for the New Zealand government, and hopes to one day call herself a published poet.
Phillipa Johnson is a narrative practitioner experienced in community development, community education and social change projects. Phillipa has worked across areas of international aid and development, intimate partner and family violence, child protection, schools and the disability sector since 2005. She most recently completed a collective narrative film project emerging from co-research with a group of young people with lived experience of family violence. Phillipa is committed to working towards both healing and social justice with those experiencing oppression and hardship.
Troy works as a psychologist in public and private practice in Rockhampton and Woorabinda in Central Queensland. As a whitefella Australian man of mostly Cornish and Irish descent he sees himself as very privileged to have increasingly worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities over the last 10 years and he has learned respectful practices and two-way learning journeys are vitally important. He is currently also collaborating on a collective narrative practice project named: ‘Shy or Quiet when we want to be, but never Silenced.’
We involve a wide range of consultants in all the different projects we are engaged with. The following people, however, are longstanding consultants whom we turn to time and again for advice, feedback, and reflections.