Posts by Dulwich

We’ll be working on the 26 January … And we’re open to hearing from you

Talking about Australia/Invasion/Survival Day

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

G’day Since 1994, ‘Australia Day’ has been a public holiday across the country, but this year Dulwich Centre will remain open. As we’ll be working on the day, if you get stuck for something to do you can send us an email or give us a call! In Australia, the 26th January is a date that means very different things to different people: joy and pride to some, sorrow to others. For some it is associated with the Triple J Hottest 100, cricket and family barbeques. For some, it’s the day they attain Australian citizenship and so has profound significance. While for others, particularly those whose people have lived here for millennia, it is a day of mourning. Some...

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“Troublemaker Cards”: Externalising and responsibility in men’s domestic violence groups by Ryan Greenwell

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 15 comments

“Troublemaker Cards”: Externalising and responsibility in men’s domestic violence groups by Ryan Greenwell

One way of externalising the ideas and discourses that support men’s domestic violence and abuse,whilst maintaining the language that supports responsibility-taking, is through the use of Troublemaker Cards. These cards can be used as a resource in men’s groups; with men individually; with couples; or even with women survivors individually or in groups. For the men, the questions on the cards support a double storied approach where they can begin to create new future relationships based on non-abuse and respectfulness. While there are currently 16 Troublemakers identified, one particular powerful and overarching Troublemaker, “Own-her-ship”...

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Therapeutic Conversations about Pop Culture by Julie Tilsen

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Therapeutic Conversations about Pop Culture by Julie Tilsen

Cultural studies is an interdisciplinary field informed by methods and theories from literary studies, sociology, communication studies, history, cultural anthropology, feminist theory, and economics. Cultural studies focuses on the investigation of subjectivity and power in the social world, and in particular, in popular culture. In this video, Julie introduces cultural studies methodologies as conceptual and conversational resources that help us have meaningful and productive conversations about peoples’ relationships with the commodities and practices of popular and media culture.  The video provides a brief overview of cultural studies, questions for...

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The Alliance against “Anxiety” – Acknowledging skills and knowledge for those who are suffering from anxiety by using art in narrative practice by Rebecca Wong

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

The Alliance against “Anxiety” – Acknowledging skills and knowledge for those who are suffering from anxiety by using art in narrative practice by Rebecca Wong

This video presents ways of using art and narrative practice for children and youth who are facing ‘Anxiety’.  Through art exercises young people have a chance to externalize and re-author their anxiety stories. Rebecca (commonly known as Caca) collected young people’s insider knowledge, deconstructed social discourses through the use of outsider witnesses; created collective documentation; and convened definitional ceremonies. Peers and Parents were then invited to join an Alliance. Caca would like to acknowledge the participants who agreed to share their stories in this presentation. Rebecca Wong is currently working as a counsellor in a social service agency in...

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Living in Stories: Embodiment in therapy through Liturgical Practice by Chad Loftis

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 10 comments

Living in Stories: Embodiment in therapy through Liturgical Practice by Chad Loftis

A lawsuit against Bullying, a funeral for Joy, an induction into the Society of Mad Dragon Trainers – what do they have in common? They’re all forms of Liturgical Practice. In this presentation, Chad shares some stories about his use of ceremony and ritual – what he calls Liturgical Practice – in therapy and introduces some of the thinkers and ideas that have informed this work. Chad is a Narrative therapist working in Thailand and throughout Asia with expats, NGO workers and missionaries. He also works alongside an anti-trafficking team in Thailand. He grew up in Melbourne but is married to a Coloradan. They have four children together.    ...

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Seeing is Believing: Reaching beyond words – using video to re-story parent-child relationship by Carry Gorney

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 12 comments

Seeing is Believing: Reaching beyond words – using video to re-story parent-child relationship by Carry Gorney

Seeing is Believing is an exciting new approach to working with the mother-infant relationship that has been developed by Carry Gorney based on a preventive intervention for new parents STEEP (Steps Toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting) which was originally evaluated at the University of Minnesota. It is based around the use of video to help parents/carers who would benefit from support in their relationship with their child/ or child in their care, to improve the parent-child connection.  Although this approach can be used across a wide age range and with both fathers and mothers, Carry has used it predominantly with young children and infants and their mothers. Video...

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Acts and stories of resistance by Murisi Mtsvanga-Moyo

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 1 comment

Acts and stories of resistance by Murisi Mtsvanga-Moyo

This video explores stories of resistance of men whose lives are under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The video seeks to capture and magnify acts of resistance that these men have taken or are constantly taking against drugs and alcohol. This co-research is influenced by Michel White’s view that no one is a passive recipient of hardship. The men I work with may be ‘captives’ of drugs and alcohol but they are not passive recipients. Collaboratively we seek to bring to awareness the many precious acts and stories of resistance that the men are taking now or have been taking all along. This is part of on going co-research work of exposing, strengthening...

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Exploring Sex and Pleasure in a Narrative Group Therapy Context by Cyndi Darnell

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 8 comments

Exploring Sex and Pleasure in a Narrative Group Therapy Context by Cyndi Darnell

As a relative newcomer to the field of Narrative Therapy I found myself immersed in both theory and practice of Narrative concepts through 2015 as I studied for the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. This video presentation outlines the process and experiences that were co created in Melbourne in 2015 as myself and a group of individuals met weekly for 15 weeks to apply the principles of group Narrative therapy within a sex and pleasure context. While groups have been run using narrative principles before, none had been offered around the themes of sex, intimacy and pleasure as distinct from sexuality and identity. In my work as a sex and relationship...

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Exploring the Bicycle metaphor as a vehicle for rich story development: A collective narrative practice project by Marc Leger

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 6 comments

Exploring the Bicycle metaphor as a vehicle for rich story development: A collective narrative practice project by Marc Leger

In this video Marc talks about a Collective Narrative Practice project which involves exploring the Bicycle as its central metaphor. He will provide an overview of this collective practice methodology and share specific examples of how he has explored this metaphor with the use of ‘place-based’ narrative questioning practices within his own context. Marc has recently teamed up with a bike mechanic, a community developer, an outdoor education teacher and a grade 11 high school class, to explore this methodology as an alternative approach to mental health promotion work while they learn to rebuild and restore bicycles bound for the local scrap yard. Marc Leger works as...

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Explorations in narrative documentation with people from refugee backgrounds by Chanelle Burns

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 6 comments

Explorations in narrative documentation with people from refugee backgrounds by Chanelle Burns

This video explores the use of narrative documentation in work with people from refugee backgrounds, specifically in contexts of responding to trauma. Through the lens of narrative  documentation, a number of narrative principles and practices are explored, including eliciting responses to trauma, scaffolding, externalising, re-authoring, and outsider-witnessing. Chanelle Burns is a Social Worker based in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in a variety of roles with people seeking asylum and from refugee backgrounds. She is currently working as a counsellor advocate at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (also known as Foundation House). Chanelle is...

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