Posts by Anni Paech

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 | 0 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 | 1 comment

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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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 | 6 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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