Posts by Anni Paech

“Out of the box” conversations: an invitation to co-explore the broader politics of problems and reconstruct preferred ways of being in responding to stories of drug-use and racism By Kassandra Pedersen

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 10 comments

“Out of the box” conversations: an invitation to co-explore the broader politics of problems and reconstruct preferred ways of being in responding to stories of drug-use and racism By Kassandra Pedersen

This innovative methodology involves the creation of a “box of problems” to assist therapists and the people consulting them to collaboratively investigate the historical, social, political and economic contexts of problems. In this presentation, Kassandra describes her exploratory use of the ‘box of problems’ in therapeutic conversations with a young immigrant girl struggling with the effects of drug-use. The project was centered around the metaphor that “Problems have Ethics” and it explored pathways to unmask and question those “Ethics” by bringing into the therapeutic conversations the girl’s understandings about relations between dominant discourses around drugs...

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‘Tipping the Apple Cart of Oppression and Building Spirit Together- Reflections, Resonance and Transport in a Women’s Collective by Keri Murray

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

‘Tipping the Apple Cart of Oppression and Building Spirit Together- Reflections, Resonance and Transport in a Women’s Collective by Keri Murray

This project was a collaborative effort to question everything, and in doing so co-create a process that resists psychological colonization. Keri partnered with the Calgary Women’s Health Collective (outside of public services) to offer a ‘safer space’ for women who struggle with mental health troubles to unpack oppression in their lives and explore/enact preferred identity claims. Keri is joined by Sanni-Ilona Paljakka, Loree Stout and Frank McGrath in mentorship and solidarity. But it is the ideas and generosity of the Women’s Collective participants that Keri wishes to uphold and honour in this presentation. Keri is a narrative therapist in...

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My Happy Ending: A narrative group work to respond to children in situations of family violence by Jocelyn Lee

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

My Happy Ending: A narrative group work to respond to children in situations of family violence by Jocelyn Lee

‘My Happy Ending’ group work uses narrative therapy principles and practices to respond to children who have experienced violence in their families. The video describes the two-days-one-night group work process and offers reflections on working with children in Singapore using narrative ideas. ‘My Happy Ending’ is an original creation, consisting of the performance and narration of an original fictional story written specially for the group work, storytelling, and several play- and art-based activities. Using child-friendly metaphors and stories to introduce children to the use of externalisation as a way of viewing violence and other difficulties in their lives, it...

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Recipes for Life: A collective narrative methodology in responding to gender violence by Meizi Tan

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Recipes for Life: A collective narrative methodology in responding to gender violence by Meizi Tan

This project explores the double story development of women’s responses to gender violence through the use of collective narrative methodology. This project describes the use of Recipes for Life in a two-days-one-night group work retreat organized for women who have experienced gender violence in their intimate relationships. Two forms of outsider witness practices are further introduced to promote the acknowledgement of their alternative stories of resilience and resistance towards gender violence. Other narrative practices of collective documentation, externalizing and de-constructing social discourses that support gender violence are further incorporated through the...

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My Meeting Place: Re-arming ourselves with cultural knowledge, spirituality and community connectedness by Vanessa Davis

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 5 comments

My Meeting Place: Re-arming ourselves with cultural knowledge, spirituality and community connectedness by Vanessa Davis

This video demonstrates the integration of Aboriginal Art with Narrative Practices to create culturally appropriate counselling for Aboriginal practitioners when working with Aboriginal children and young people. Thus creating indigenised therapeutic work, which contributes to the de-colonisation of Aboriginal people. Here Vanessa will also offer a step-by-step explanation of how she has used ‘My Meeting Place’ in a one-on-one counselling session, to create and guide narrative conversations. Vanessa is an Aboriginal woman from Tennant Creek, Northern Territory Australia. Currently living in Brisbane and working as a Social and Emotional...

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Thwarting Shame: Feminist engagement in narrative groupwork with men recruited to patriarchal dominance in relationship by Kylie Dowse

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 5 comments

Thwarting Shame: Feminist engagement in narrative groupwork with men recruited to patriarchal dominance in relationship by Kylie Dowse

The partnership between feminism and narrative practice supports this groupwork with men who have used violence toward their partners and families. Externalising and rich characterisation brings to life a conceptual support group to distract Shame while men participate in weekly sessions. Keeping Shame occupied has made possible double story development with men toward their preferred ways of partnering and fathering. The ‘Insight’ group sits within a small Australian feminist domestic violence service, and is designed and delivered by Kylie Dowse, an Aboriginal woman. This video invites viewers to consider how narrative ways of working intertwine to prioritise the...

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Leaving a Legacy and Letting that Legacy Live (Laisser un héritage pour les enfants et laissant l’héritage rester en vie) by Linda Moxley-Haegart

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Leaving a Legacy and Letting that Legacy Live (Laisser un héritage pour les enfants et laissant l’héritage rester en vie) by Linda Moxley-Haegart

Leaving a Legacy and Letting that Legacy Live This presentation provides an overview of narrative practices used with children who are dying and their families in a hospital palliative care setting. Narrative practices of subordinate storyline development, remembering conversations and definitional ceremony, living documents, and collective narrative practice, are used to allow children to ‘leave a legacy’, and for parents to ‘let the legacy live’. This piece also includes reflections on working in bilingual contexts, as well as some ethical considerations of working with children in oncology settings.     Linda Moxley-Haegert has been...

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The Use of Narrative Therapy Group for Young Women with Unwed Pregnancy Experience by Siu-wai Lit

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

The Use of Narrative Therapy Group for Young Women with Unwed Pregnancy Experience by Siu-wai Lit

In Hong Kong, teenage girls who become pregnant when not married are routinely blamed for what is described as their ‘immature’ and ‘irresponsible’ behaviour. All too often, this then becomes a dominant problem-saturated story with totalising effects that blinds their eyes from seeing the alternative stories of their own lives. There is generally little concern given to this group of teenage women and a lack of understanding of their own accounts of the issue and their subjective experience of facing social disapproval and exclusion. Siu-wai chose to use a narrative therapy group to facilitate double-story development. By eliciting these young women’s narratives of...

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From ‘disorder’ to political action: Conversations that invite collective considerations to individual experiences of women who express concerns about eating and their bodies by Kristina Lainson

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

From ‘disorder’ to political action: Conversations that invite collective considerations to individual experiences of women who express concerns about eating and their bodies by Kristina Lainson

Concerns about eating and its effects on bodies are often articulated in terms of individualised pathologies. This video describes an interweaving of narrative practices which has proved helpful for a number of women experiencing such concerns. By inviting collective considerations to their individual experiences, and by recognising and naming their existing commitments and agentive responses to societal expectations, it became more possible to move away from ideas of ‘stuckness’ towards a sense of being influential both in their own life, and possibly in the lives of others similarly concerned. Kristina is a Narrative Therapist based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Most of...

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The Life Certificate: A Narrative Framework in working with grief and loss by Mohamed Fareez

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 10 comments

The Life Certificate: A Narrative Framework in working with grief and loss by Mohamed Fareez

As opposed to conventional ways of addressing the ‘trauma’ of loss, narrative ideas provide a refreshing alternative to celebrate the lives of those who have left us. We celebrate the gifts of their values, skills and knowledges as part of the process of legacy building.  Re-membering  practices allow the deceased to continue “living” in the present and future. This presentation proposes the use of the ‘Life Certificate’ a narrative therapeutic document that allows us to document the preferred stories of our lost loved ones. Examples of how the ‘Life Certificate’ is used in practice will be discussed, along with narrative...

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