Posts by Anni Paech

Didgeri: Local Collective Response by Anthony Newcastle

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Didgeri: Local Collective Response by Anthony Newcastle

  This Friday afternoon video describes the work around Didgeri which began as a regular opportunity for Aboriginal men and young men to learn to play the didgeridoo, yet grew into a local collective initiative to help give voice in support of men who had experienced sexual abuse in their youth. This video describes how Didgeri became involved in the No More Campaign and what has been made possible among participants of Didgeri as a result of their involvement in such a collective action initiative.     Anthony Newcastle is the owner and principle facilitator of Natjul Indigenous Performing Arts, an Aboriginal owned and managed facilitation company that...

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Conformity pressures: Deconstructing social discourses in the Korean context by Eunjoo Lee

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Conformity pressures: Deconstructing social discourses in the Korean context by Eunjoo Lee

This video shows how social discourses surrounding conformity pressures are deconstructed in a Korean context, illustrated by the Korean proverb, ‘the pointy stone meets the chisel’. This video demonstrates how Sunnie – who felt anxious communicating with colleagues – and Eunjoo explored ways to revise her approach to conformity pressures.  The conversation with Sunnie proceeds with a map, which consists of three stages: starting with the presented problem; deconstructing social discourses; and exploring alternative stories.  The second stage is the process of externalising discourses, which has five steps: making the discourse visible and naming it (‘should...

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Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy By Ian Percy

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy By Ian Percy

Ian Percy offers ways of conceptualising mindfulness that includes, and diverges from, prevailing discourses and practices. While mindfulness can be thought of as a moment-to-moment non-evaluative or nonjudgmental practice, it is also associated with remembering, imagination and ethics in Buddhist traditions. Various purposes and practices of mindfulness are relevant for therapeutic meetings. In this video, Ian will offer a brief guided method that brings gentle attention to somatic experiences before proposing that mindfulness can assist in sustaining preferred skills and the consolidation of desired values and ethics. These expanded applications of mindfulness can be...

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Using Collective Knowledge in Narrative Family Therapy by Yael Gershoni

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Using Collective Knowledge in Narrative Family Therapy by Yael Gershoni

In this video Yael Gershoni will demonstrate a way of finding points of departure for re-authoring “alternative stories”. The concept is that the multi-generational family of origin can be a rich resource of “collective knowledge”. Collective knowledge is knowledge we gather from a group of people. Yael proposes expanding these practices to include using collective knowledge from multiple generations of the family experience. In these therapeutic conversations ideas are collected from the histories of multiple generations within a family. Embedded in these histories are stories of how to deal with difficulties that bear resemblance to those confronted by the client....

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Creatively intervening in interpersonal and state violence: The storytelling and organizing project by Rachel Herzing

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Creatively intervening in interpersonal and state violence: The storytelling and organizing project by Rachel Herzing

Originally given to students in the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work program, this presentation outlines approaches to reducing violence that do not rely on remedies tied to policing and imprisonment. The presentation draws from work done by US-based organizations Critical Resistance and Creative Interventions as well as a pilot project to help communities reduce the violence of policing by reducing contact with law enforcement.   Rachel Herzing is an organizer and community educator who fights to reduce the violence of imprisonment and policing. She is currently the co-director of the Center for Political Education, a community resource dedicated to...

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Navigating relationships when our children are in out of home care: A narrative therapy group for parents whose lives are affected by child protection intervention and the removal of their children by Lauren Graham

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Navigating relationships when our children are in out of home care: A narrative therapy group for parents whose lives are affected by child protection intervention and the removal of their children by Lauren Graham

Lauren describes a narrative informed group she developed and conducted for parents whose children are in care, and the ripple effects of linking communities through the sharing of stories and documents initially generated through the group.  This initiative is linked to the work of a local action group in which Lauren is a member, in partnership with parents, which helps raise awareness and promotes strategies for family inclusion. Her work with this community continues and the themes of the group and stories generated continue to be shared, helping to make visible the skills and knowledge of parents on this journey, including the ways in which they resist the...

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Beads of Life – a narrative therapy group for children who have been diagnosed with a medical condition by Sara Portnoy

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Beads of Life – a narrative therapy group for children who have been diagnosed with a medical condition by Sara Portnoy

‘Beads of Life’ group uses narrative therapy principles to help young people with a diagnosis of Cancer to tell the many stories in their lives in ways which make them stronger. The video describes a one day workshop that is run at University College Hospital, in London where beads are used as ‘hooks’ that the young people can hang their stories on. In the morning the young people choose different beads to represent the many different stories in their lives related to their skills and abilities, where they are from, how they spend their time, the important people in their lives and their hopes and dreams. Having spent the morning ensuring that the young...

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“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 | 11 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 | 1 comment

‘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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