Posts by Anni Paech

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 | 4 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 | 3 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 | 9 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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Creating preferred family trees: Adjusting the recipe of collective narrative practices by Jennifer Swan

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

Creating preferred family trees: Adjusting the recipe of collective narrative practices by Jennifer Swan

This video explores the work done with the ‘Squid Group’ and the use of ‘Chosen Family Trees’, which was a practice innovation to find a way to ‘thicken up the roots’ of the Tree of Life for people isolated from lineages of support due to migration, violence and mental health issues.  The Squid group is still meeting every month and continues to find ways to re-story what it can mean to utilise lived-experience of mental health concerns to contribute to the lives of others. Jennifer Swan works as a mental health social worker in private practice in the Port Adelaide area of Adelaide, South Australia.  She began studying and working...

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Narrative family therapy with students encountering school non-attendance problems by Yuk King Lau

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 1 comment

Narrative family therapy with students encountering school non-attendance problems by Yuk King Lau

Yuk King Lau brings together narrative therapy and systemic family therapy in her practice with students encountering difficulties in school attendance. This integration includes: (1) Shifting from privileged systemic ‘assessment’ to co-researching;  (2) Moving from giving consultation to a ‘rite of exchange’; (3) Exploring the active participation of problems in ‘family dynamics’; (4) Collaboratively re-authoring identities and developing alternative relational practice; (5) Creating mutual witnessing processes among family members; and (6) moving from clinical intervention to collective practice. The integration of these two...

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