Friday Afternoon Videos

 

From 1983 onwards, Dulwich Centre was known for holding free events on Friday afternoons. These ‘Friday Afternoons at Dulwich’ would begin at 4.30pm so that people dropped by on their way home after the working week. They always consisted of a good speaker sharing some aspect of their practice that was currently intriguing and challenging to them and this was then followed by discussion and drinks! Now, every second month, on the Friday afternoon we are placing up on this website a video, maybe an audio recording, or a link to something very interesting. Of course, you can view this wherever you are in the world at a time that suits you, and then contribute to the discussion and debate. We are delighted that this new momentum of online discussion is continuing the ‘Friday Afternoons at Dulwich’ tradition.

We will welcome your suggestions as to topics that we could cover and if you come across particularly interesting video of audio recordings please let us know c/o [email protected] We are also in the process of working out possibilities for translating the transcripts of Friday Afternoons into a range of other languages.

Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in Friday Afternoons videos and forums are those of the presenters and forum participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dulwich Centre Publications or Dulwich Centre Foundation. Dulwich Centre Publications and Dulwich Centre Foundation does not accept responsibility for them. Nor can we accept responsibility for the effects of using the ideas shared in these presentations in your own contexts. Watching these video presentations is not a substitute for training or supervision in narrative practice, both of which we thoroughly recommend.

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 | 0 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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Collective Narrative Practice with young people with Aspergers who experienced bullying in their lives by Chris Tse

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 7 comments

Collective Narrative Practice with young people with Aspergers who experienced bullying in their lives by Chris Tse

This video presents an experience of collective narrative practice with young people with Aspergers who experienced bullying in their lives. This project intends to connect young people together collectively. An innovative methodology of Smartphone of Life will be illustrated in assisting the young people to re-authorize their stories with alternative identities. The practice of externalizing conversation, re-authorizing conversation, outsider-witness practice and definitional ceremony will be described with the stories of young people. The local knowledges and skills of young people have been documented in co-creating the postcards for sharing. If you want to share...

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Using Narrative ideas to support families where a loved father has been violent towards his female partner and continues to live at home at the request of his children by Carolyn Markey

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 6 comments

Using Narrative ideas to support families where a loved father has been violent towards his female partner and continues to live at home at the request of his children by Carolyn Markey

Apart from swimming with her Border Collie and being a taxi for young people who live with her, Carolyn’s working life is primarily with children. Having been taught by Michael White in the early 90’s, Carolyn now practices Narrative therapy as a school counsellor in a co-eduational school in Adelaide and in an NGO, Uniting communities within a family counselling team who work primarily with those affected by violence. She is also a senior teacher of the Dulwich Teaching Faculty. This piece of Narrative therapeutic and group work describes some recent consultations she had with a mother and her two daughters traumatically affected by their loved...

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Re-storied and Restored: Queer Family Conundrums across the Generations by Manja Visschedijk and Gipsy Hosking

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Re-storied and Restored: Queer Family Conundrums across the Generations by Manja Visschedijk and Gipsy Hosking

In this Friday afternoon video we (Manja and Gipsy) share some snapshots from our 28 years of loving, living and working together in the intersections of age, sexuality and illness as non-biological mother and daughter in a Lesbian family. In fighting for our rights as a ‘same sex’ family, we recognise that we do this within a complex, everchanging interplay of privilege and marginalisation. For us, intersectionality means we can’t talk about our struggle for recognition and equal rights as a queer family in Australia, without also talking about the broader colonial, social and political context in which the struggles of our family and our communities...

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‘Unspoken Words’ : Creative Letters to Elders of my Past and Present by Annette Dudley

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 17 comments

‘Unspoken Words’ : Creative Letters to Elders of my Past and Present by Annette Dudley

My name is Annette Dudley.  Through my Dudley and Yow Yeh bloodlines, my Ancestors connect me to the Torres Strait Islands – Murray Island, Vanuatu – Tanna Island and The Bailai Nation of the Gladstone area, in Central Queensland, Australia. I would firstly like to acknowledge Elders past, present and future of the Traditional Custodians of the land that I live and work on, the Darumbal Nation, the Bailai Nation, the Ghungalu Nation, the Wadja Nation and the Woppaburra Nation. I would also like to acknowledge the Elders who have taken me under their wing and guided me, supporting me to do the work that I am honoured to do. I have had the privilege of working...

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Decolonising Identity Stories by Tileah Drahm-Butler

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Decolonising Identity Stories by Tileah Drahm-Butler

This presentation aims to bring forth conversation on the ways that narrative therapy can be used as a decolonising practice, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and skill in resistance is honoured and talked about in a therapy setting. Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Durrumbal woman who lives and works in Kuranda, in Far North Queensland.  Tileah is a Social Worker in a hospital setting, currently working in Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units. She completed the Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work in 2014 and is passionate about finding ways to describe Narrative Therapy practices in ways that are culturally resonant to Aboriginal and...

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Using a Narrative Framework to Receive Testimonies of Trauma by Viviane Oliveira / Usando o Questionário para se receber testemunhos de trauma por Viviane Oliveira

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 6 comments

Using a Narrative Framework to Receive Testimonies of Trauma by Viviane Oliveira / Usando o Questionário para se receber testemunhos de trauma por Viviane Oliveira

In this video, Viviane describes how she has been using a narrative framework to receive and document testimonies of trauma to support people to reclaim their lives from the effects of abuse and violence. She also shares a story of a person she has worked with who has moved away from the effects of trauma and towards a meaningful and happy life after using this framework. The video is presented in English and Portuguese. Viviane Oliveira is a Brazilian narrative therapist who has been leaving and working in Australia for the last 9 years. She is passionate about social justice and has worked extensively with Aboriginal people and people from culturally and...

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Relocating the problem of disability: Norm Kunc, Emma Van der Klift, Vikki Reynolds and Aaron Munro

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 11 comments

Relocating the problem of disability: Norm Kunc,  Emma Van der Klift, Vikki Reynolds and Aaron Munro

This video explores the intersection of Critical Disability Theory with the principles of Narrative Practice. Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift are narrative practitioners who have disabilities; Norman has  cerebral palsy and Emma is Autistic.  In a conversation with Vikki Reynolds and Aaron Munro, Emma and Norman provide two insider perspectives that can help narrative practitioners understand the importance and the process of “relocating the problem of disability.”     For more information about the work of Norm Kunc and Emma Van der Klift see www.broadreachtraining.com/    This video was published on...

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My Alternative Story from East to West by Yeemei Wong

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

My Alternative Story from East to West by Yeemei Wong

Yeemei Wong worked in Hong Kong as a school social worker where she met many young people and their families who lived in disadvantaged circumstances or in poverty. Yeemei then started studying Narrative Therapy in Australia and began to practice in New Zealand. She has now returned home and is working for an agency which supports unwed young mothers and their babies. Yeemei is dedicated to integrating art, music, documents or other creative media into her narrative practice. Yeemei is also passionate in connecting narrative lovers together. Here is an illustration drawn by Yee Mei to tell a bit more about this lovely journey:     This video is inspired by the...

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The League of Parents and Small People against ‘Pocket Kering’ by Elizabeth Quek and Rose

Posted by on Jul 5, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

The League of Parents and Small People against ‘Pocket Kering’ by Elizabeth Quek and Rose

This video describes a narrative collective practice project in a community in Singapore that experiences financial difficulties and other complex issues. Conversations with the families set out to allow rich description of their experiences of ‘Pocket Kering’, or ‘no money’. Conversations with children involved engaging with the personified ‘Pocket Kering’ monster and retelling of their Superpowers – the skills, values and knowledges that children use to shrink this monster.  The League of Parents and Small People against Pocket Kering was formed and children were employed to plan and run a small economic project using their...

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Resisting Violence, Reclaiming Lives by Phillipa Johnson Cook

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Resisting Violence, Reclaiming Lives by Phillipa Johnson Cook

In this video Phillipa recounts fragments of a collective narrative film methodology and illustrates a process of using narrative practices and film in a community setting to discover, link, document, celebrate and inspire creative responses to violence. This project emerged from co-research with a group of young people in Ipswich, Australia who were responding to experiences of domestic and family violence. It represents a body of work that could not have been generated without the diverse contributions of many people and organisations. Phillipa originally shared some of the ideas and stories she speaks about in this video at the International Narrative Therapy and...

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Acts of Resistance, Acts of Reclaiming by Loretta Pederson

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 13 comments

Acts of Resistance, Acts of Reclaiming by Loretta Pederson

Loretta Pederson works with families in Western Sydney at a non-government organisation. She also works in private practice and is a member of the Dulwich Centre teaching faculty. In this video Loretta speaks about working with women who have been subjected to sexual and physical abuse, using Michael White’s ideas of noticing responses to trauma. She recently gave a longer version of this presentation through Caspersen Therapy and Training Center.     References and further reading: Beaudoin, M and Zimmerman, J. (2011). Narrative Therapy and Interpersonal Neurobiology: Revisiting Classic Practices, Developing New Emphases. Journal of Systemic Therapies, Vol...

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Principles of Neurobiologically Informed Narrative Therapy by Jeff Zimmerman

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 5 comments

Principles of Neurobiologically Informed Narrative Therapy by Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff has been working with Narrative ideas for almost 30 years, the past ten spent enriching his work with ideas drawn from Interpersonal Neurobiology and Affective Neuroscience. Secretly, though, he has always harbored an interest in making movies, and hopes you will have as much fun watching this one as he did making it. Concepts of mind, mindfulness, and the importance of affect will be the feature attractions. However, it is intended to whet your appetite, not provide exhaustive information.     If interested, you might check out some of the further readings listed below: Zimmerman, J.L., Beaudoin, M.N. (in press). Neurobiology for your Narrative: How...

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Narrative Coaching: two presentations from France

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Narrative Coaching: two presentations from France

Our first presentation is by Pierre Blanc-Sahnoun. As a coach and HR consultant, Pierre works with narrative ideas in the profit and non profit organizations around the themes of corporate identities, company communities, and the stories about work in the client’s life in regard with dominant stories about success and performance. He is one of the founders of la Fabrique Narrative (the narrative factory), a narrative center he founded in Bordeaux, France, where he lives. He has written several books and articles (and songs !) about coaching and reauthoring of work.   Our second presentation is by Elizabeth Feld. Elizabeth comes to the narrative community through a...

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Queer theory as a resource for therapists by Julie Tilsen

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Queer theory as a resource for therapists by Julie Tilsen

Julie Tilsen is the author of the book ‘Therapeutic conversations with queer youth: Transcending homonormativity and constructing preferred identities‘. In the first part of this video, Julie discusses queer theory as a theoretical resource for therapeutic practice. Next, Julie talks with Jayson, a transgender young person, about his experience navigating the limitations of the gender binary within a heteronormative and homonormative world. Questions for self-reflection are included and viewers are invited to write reflections to Jayson.   For more information about Julie’s work see her website  Published May 1,...

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Rescuing Relational Meaning by Tom Stone Carlson and Amanda Haire

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Rescuing Relational Meaning by Tom Stone Carlson and Amanda Haire

This presentation entitled, ‘Of drawers and coffee cups: Rescuing Relational Meaning from the Otherwise “Ordinary” Everyday Events of Life’, is by Tom Stone Carlson and Amanda Haire. We’re delighted to offer this video presentation from Tom and Amanda which builds upon their recent paper, ‘Toward a Theory of Relational Accountability: An Invitational Approach to Living Narrative Ethics in Couple Relationships‘. This paper described an approach to couples therapy that seeks to help couples intimately apply the ethics of narrative ideas in their personal lives and relationships. This intimate application of narrative ideas is focused on...

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Can narrative practices contribute to ‘social movement’? An invitation to join a project from David Denborough

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 9 comments

Can narrative practices contribute to ‘social movement’? An invitation to join a project from David Denborough

G’day and welcome to this Friday afternoon video presentation from Dulwich Centre in which we invite you to join a project considering the challenges and possibilities in relation to narrative practices contributing to ‘social movement’. I’ve also included various links to texts and videos below. We hope to hear from you to continue the conversation! References and further information: I will include here the references to various texts and videos that I mention in the presentation. Introduction Can we contribute to ‘social movement?’ by David Denborough. Chapter 9 from the book Collective Narrative Practice: Responding to...

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Latin American Team of Life Adventures / Aventuras do Time da Vida na América Latina / Aventuras Latino Americanas el Equipo de la Vida

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Latin American Team of Life Adventures / Aventuras do Time da Vida na América Latina / Aventuras Latino Americanas el Equipo de la Vida

To start the new year, we’re delighted to include here two videos from Reciclando Mentes/Recycling Minds (Brasil) and Romina Martínez/Marta Campillo (México) showcasing creative uses of the Team of Life Approach. Originally developed by David Denborough to assist colleagues in Uganda responding to former child soldiers, this approach is now being used in a wide variety of contexts. It utilises sporting metaphors and narrative approaches. Para começar o novo ano, temos o prazer de incluir aqui dois vídeos mostrando o uso criativo da Aborgadem Narrativa o Time da Vida. Originalmente desenvolvido por David Denborough para ajudar colegas em Uganda que cuidam de...

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Stories About Home by Leonie Simmons

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Stories About Home by Leonie Simmons

Leonie Simmons was born in Vietnam and adopted to an Australian family. This thoughtful and beautiful video describes her journey to return to Vietnam and her efforts to deconstruct taken-for-granted ideas about culture, identity, family and home. It will be of relevance to anyone interested in ways of making home and making family as well as to those connected to the issue of inter-country adoption. Published on October 31,...

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Assisting young people to find their language through the language of others: Knowledge from an inpatient ward – By David Newman

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 1 comment

Assisting young people to find their language through the language of others: Knowledge from an inpatient ward – By David Newman

In this video presentation, David Newman describes the ways in which he is using living documents with young people in an inpatient ward. The documents he discusses will soon be collected and published in a special resource of young people’s knowledges and ideas about ways of addressing mental health concerns.   Further reading: Rescuing the said from saying of it, by David Newman Published on August 28,...

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Yarning with a purpose: An Aboriginal perspective by Carolynanha Johnson

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Yarning with a purpose: An Aboriginal perspective by Carolynanha Johnson

This presentation by Carolynanha Johnson explores the ways in which she is developing culturally appropriate forms of narrative telephone counselling to assist Aboriginal people to quit smoking. Finding ways in which narrative practices can be used in realms of physical health (as well as mental health) seems highly significant. Thanks Carolynanha for this video! After watching it, please join the online discussion!   Published on February 28,...

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The Art of Narrative Psychiatry by SuEllen Hamkins

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

The Art of Narrative Psychiatry  by SuEllen Hamkins

In this video, SuEllen Hamkins presents her approach to narrative psychiatry: ‘A cutting-edge approach, narrative psychiatry brings together narrative and biological understandings of human suffering and well-being. Rather than focusing only on finding the source of the problem, narrative psychiatry also focuses on finding sources of strength and meaning. The result is compassionate, powerful healing. Narrative psychiatry begins with compassionate connection with those who consult with us, understanding that we live our lives in relationships and connect with one another through the stories we tell. It relishes discovering untold but inspiring stories of a...

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Evidence, Outcomes and Michael White’s Positioning Ideas by Mark Hayward

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 6 comments

Evidence, Outcomes and Michael White’s Positioning Ideas  by Mark Hayward

Here Mark Hayward dives into considerations about practice evidence and outcomes research and then links these realms with Michael White’s ideas about the position of the therapist. As you watch this engaging video presentation, please refer to the powerpoint presentation included below. And then please join a discussion about these matters on the forum!     More information Evidence, Outcomes and Michael White’s Positioning Ideas powerpoint slides by Mark Hayward Evidence, Outcomes and Michael White’s Positioning Ideas PDF by Mark Hayward Published on August 30,...

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Narratives in the suitcase by Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Narratives in the suitcase  by Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

published on August 19, 2014 Ncazelo Nucbe-Mlilo is a Zimbabwean psychologist and narrative therapist living and working in South Africa. Here, she introduces the ‘Narratives in the suitcase’ project which seeks to use journey metaphors to assist child refugees. This work is inspired by the work of Glynis Clacherty and The Suitcase Project (see link below). It also draws upon ideas from Sherri Osborn.   Published on August 30,...

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Recovery and hearing voices: five video clips from Ron Coleman

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Recovery and hearing voices: five video clips from Ron Coleman

In March 2013, Ron Coleman, one of the leading figures of the Hearing Voices Movement, offered a keynote at Dulwich Centre’s 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work which inspired participants. We’re delighted to include five clips from his presentation here. A short history of the Hearing Voices Movement Ron begins with a lament that there was never a chance for Marrius Romme (founder of the Hearing Voices Movement) and Michael White to meet in person. He then offers a short history of the Hearing Voices Movement. Within this history, he honours the contributions of Mickey de Valda, Jon Williams and Terence McLaughlin, all of whom have...

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Collaborative Helping Maps: A Simple Map to Transform Relational Positioning By Bill Madsen

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Collaborative Helping Maps: A Simple Map to Transform Relational Positioning By Bill Madsen

In this video, Bill Madsen offers a simple map to assist workers take up a post-structuralist relational stance. Interactions between helping professionals and families invite the enactment of particular life stories and experience of identity in the process. With this in mind, the way in which helping professionals position themselves in relation to families becomes very important. This presentation showcases a simple map that can guide thinking and action and help workers take up a post-structuralist relational stance. The map both helps workers think their way through complex situations and provides a guideline for conversations between workers and families. The use...

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Raising heads above the clouds by Caleb Wakhungu

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Raising heads above the clouds by Caleb Wakhungu

Caleb Wakhungu and the Mt Elgon Self-Help Community Project use narrative ideas and practices to spark and sustain local economic ‘development’ projects in rural Uganda. This video features a presentation by Caleb Wakhungu describing innovative work that links community work, therapy and development. This presentation was filmed at the recent 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, organised by Dulwich Centre, that took place in Adelaide, Australia from 6-8 March 2013.     This second video, produced by Dulwich Centre Foundation International, provides further information about the ground-breaking work of the Mt Elgon...

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Practices of welcome by Aunty Barbara Wingard & Stories from Christmas Island: Working with asylum seekers and survivors of torture by Pohlin Lee

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Practices of welcome by Aunty Barbara Wingard & Stories from Christmas Island: Working with asylum seekers and survivors of torture by Pohlin Lee

This video features two presentations from the opening session of the recent 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, organised by Dulwich Centre, that took place in Adelaide, Australia from 6-8 March 2013. Aunty Barbara Wingard, senior Kaurna Elder, welcomes participants to Kaurna land and tells stories from her own life to demonstrate the significance of practices of welcome. She particularly relates this to the experience of those seeking refuge in Australia as asylum seekers. Pohlin Lee works as a narrative therapist on Christmas Island, which is where people who are seeking asylum in Australia and arrive by boat are detained while their...

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Understanding families struggling daily with the effects of health problems by Kaethe Weingarten

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Understanding families struggling daily with the effects of health problems by Kaethe Weingarten

This video features Kaethe Weingarten, from the USA, sharing ideas and resources for ways to understand and assist families struggling with the effects of chronic physical health difficulties. Kaethe has also provided readings, weblinks and references for further information.     Further reading / viewing (free to download) The witnessing project Sorrow: A therapist’s reflections on the inevitable and the unknowable, in December, 2012, Family Process   References References for Chronic Physical Illness compiled by Kaethe Weingarten The cruel radiance of what is: Helping couples live with chronic physical illness, in March 2013, Family Process The...

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Coordinating Stories in Therapeutic Conversations by Glenda Fredman

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

Coordinating Stories in Therapeutic Conversations by Glenda Fredman

This video features Glenda Fredman from the UK. In a thoughtful and moving presentation entitled ‘Coordinating stories in therapeutic conversations’, Glenda discusses her work with a family in which a member has died. She also provides a framework for ways of approaching difficult and complex conversations in therapy. Glenda has also provided handouts in relation to the key slides from her talk, an exercise to engage with, and list of further relevant reading.     Further reading (free to download) Handout and presentation slides An exercise to engage with Further reading Published on January 25,...

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Justice doing in community work & therapy: from ‘burnout’ to solidarity by Vikki Reynolds

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Justice doing in community work & therapy: from ‘burnout’ to solidarity by Vikki Reynolds

In this talk, Vikki illuminates her stance for an ethic of Justice Doing as a frame for community work and therapy, and consider the intersections, tensions and affinities between community work practice, therapy and social justice activism. Vikki’s stance for Justice Doing in therapeutic and community work encompasses centering ethics, doing solidarity, addressing power, fostering collective sustainability, critically engaging with language, and structuring safety. Justice Doing opens our work to transformations for ourselves, the people we work alongside and our communities and society. Providing alternatives to concepts of ‘burn out’ and/or ‘vicarious trauma’, Vikki...

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When your child is diagnosed with schizophrenia: The skills and knowledges of parents by Amanda Worrall

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

When your child is diagnosed with schizophrenia: The skills and knowledges of parents by Amanda Worrall

Welcome to this presentation from central Australia by Amanda Worrall, in which she discusses the skills and knowledges of parents in circumstances in which a child is diagnosed with schizophrenia. We’ve also included a paper by Amanda on the same topic. This presentation is aimed at an audience of people who have done training in counselling and therapy and who are interested in engaging with narrative therapy ideas. If you are working with people experiencing significant mental health struggles and/or their families and are interested in using narrative ideas in this context, we would suggest you attend training and seek out supervision and consultation with...

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Working with transgender youth by David Nylund

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Working with transgender youth by David Nylund

In the first of these two clips, David Nylund describes some of the thinking that informs his work with transgender young people.     This second clip is from an interview with William, a 16 year-old transgender male and his mother, Susan conducted by David Nylund. William has just begun hormone replacement therapy as part of his gender transition. The focus of the interview was discussing William’s journey thus far, his hopes for the future, along with acknowledging Susan’s support of her son’s transition. The excerpt from the interview centers around masculinity — William’s critique of traditional forms of masculinity along with his preferences of the kinds...

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Neighbourly ways of being and communal ways of working by Peggy Sax

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Neighbourly ways of being and communal ways of working by Peggy Sax

G’day and welcome to this Friday Afternoon! This presentation by Peggy Sax from Vermont, USA, explores intentional community-building practices that build “giving back” and “paying it forward” into therapeutic work. These ways of working challenge assumptions about working in individualised ways, and demonstrate how narrative practices can strengthen communities of supports that include but do not centre on therapists, coaches, consultants, and social workers. Peggy aspires to show how therapeutic work that restores a person’s sense of community mindedness, solidarity and connection is highly ethical yet beyond traditional...

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Recipes for Life by Natale Rudland-Wood

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Recipes for Life by Natale Rudland-Wood

G’day and welcome to this presentation on ‘Recipes for Life’! Building upon other collective narrative methodologies (Tree of Life, Team of Life, Kite of Life), Natale shares here a way of working based on food metaphors. Recipes for life is a narrative approach to telling our experiences and stories through the metaphor of a recipe. It involves exploring memories, connections, histories and journeys through food. This is just a ‘taste’ of ‘Recipes for Life’. To learn more, you might like to read Natale’s paper that is to be published next week (see below).     Further reading about folk cultural methodologies:...

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‘Inviting paranoia to the table: A narrative perspective’ by Amanda Worrall

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‘Inviting paranoia to the table: A narrative perspective’ by Amanda Worrall

There is a long history of narrative therapy approaches being used as a response to serious mental health concerns. Much of Michael White’s early work involved responding to people who were experiencing psychosis (see the reference below to the interview ‘Psychotic experience and discourse’ from 1995 and the work of the Dulwich Centre community mental health project). And so it seems really appropriate that this first on-line Friday Afternoon at Dulwich relates to mental health concerns. Amanda Worrall is a mental health nurse in the Northern Territory (Australia) and a graduate of the Dulwich Centre International Graduate Diploma in Narrative Therapy and...

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‘The written word and narrative practice’ by David Newman

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‘The written word and narrative practice’ by David Newman

One of the defining early characterstics of what has come to be known as ‘narrative therapy’ was the creative use of documentation or the written word. We therefore thought it would be fitting to focus this second on-line Friday Afternoon Discussion with a presentation by David Newman on this topic. In this 30 minute presentation, David explores some of the anthropological ideas that inform documentation in narrative practice; offers some key principles to guide the use of the written word in narrative therapy; and provides some examples from his own therapeutic practice. We invite you to watch and then join the discussion!     Further reading:...

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In Our Own Voice: African American Psychiatric History by Vanessa Jackson

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In Our Own Voice: African American Psychiatric History by Vanessa Jackson

“In Our Own Voice is a revolutionary act of self-love and a demand for visibility for African-American psychiatric survivors.” This presentation from Vanessa Jackson provokes questions about the role of psychology and psychiatry in the oppression of African American people. At the same time, it describes a hopeful oral history project reclaiming the knowledge and stories of African American people who have endured mental health struggles. How can oral histories be used to honour our past, celebrate our present and protect our future? What stories and histories remain untold in our local contexts? How can the fields of oral history and narrative practice...

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Narrative Therapy Charter of Story-Telling Rights by David Denborough

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Narrative Therapy Charter of Story-Telling Rights by David Denborough

G’day and welcome to this Friday Afternoon on-line launch of the Narrative Therapy Charter of Story-Telling Rights. David Denborough works at Dulwich Centre and Dulwich Centre Foundation and this Charter is part of a broader project in relation to ‘narrative justice’ that Dulwich Centre Foundation International is currently engaged with: * When meeting with people whose problems are the result of human rights abuses and injustices, how can we ensure we do not separate healing from justice? This Charter proposes a framework for considering storytelling rights. We hope it will spark discussions about the rights of people who have experienced...

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Colouring Narrative Therapy’s Solidarity by Marcela Polanco

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Colouring Narrative Therapy’s Solidarity  by Marcela Polanco

G’day and welcome to this Friday Afternoon discussion which for the first time features presentations in both English and Spanish. Within these presentations, Marcela Polanco addresses the acculturation/decolonization of narrative therapy into Latin America through the means of “translation resistance” (Tymockzo, 2010). Drawing from the same political, epistemological and theoretical tenants of narrative therapy, she presents its translation into her Colombian Spanish. Marcela proposes a therapy of solidarity as a Latin American version of narrative therapy. She presents this proposal as furthering the life of narrative therapy keeping it from becoming colonizing,...

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So, You Decided To Have A Narrative Conversation: Narrative Principles I by John Stillman

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So, You Decided To Have A Narrative Conversation: Narrative Principles I by John Stillman

G’day and welcome to this Friday Afternoon at Dulwich Centre! We’re pleased to include here John Stillman’s presentation on narrative practice. Within this video John has tried to explain some of the key principles of narrative practice as if he was speaking to someone who was going to consult a narrative therapist for the first time. For those of you who are new to narrative ideas, we hope this presentation introduces you to some key narrative concepts. For those of you who are more experienced, we would be interested to hear what aspects of narrative therapy you might choose to emphasise to someone consulting a narrative therapist for the first time....

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Reconstructing identities and inviting preferred stories of self: Narrative practices in mental health settings and prisons by Marilyn O’Neill and Gaye Stockell

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Reconstructing identities and inviting preferred stories of self: Narrative practices in mental health settings and prisons by Marilyn O’Neill and Gaye Stockell

Gaye Stockell and Marilyn O’Neill have been engaging with narrative ideas for well over twenty years. They were two of the first practitioners to use ‘re-authoring practices’ within psychiatric settings. In this video presentation they look back to the ‘Worthy of Discussion Groups’ that took place in a community mental health rehabilitation service. They describe how these groups involved reconstructing identities and inviting preferred stories of self. Marilyn and Gaye also discuss how they are now engaged with people in reconstructing identities in many other contexts, including within prisons. We invite your reflections on this video and...

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Using narrative ideas in supervision by Hugh Fox

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Using narrative ideas in supervision by Hugh Fox

Welcome to this first Friday Afternoon presentation of 2012. We hope the new year is treating you kindly so far! In this presentation, Hugh Fox from the Institute of Narrative Therapy, UK, shares his ideas in relation to narrative supervision. What might narrative supervision look like? What are options for supervision beyond problem-solving? In this presentation, Hugh shares options for supervision including the use of outsider-witness practice and definitional ceremony in order to generate rich description and rich story development. Further reading (free to download) Fox, H., Tench, C. & Marie, (2002). ‘Outsider-witness practices and group supervision.’...

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Hopework: Survival stories from the C.O.U.R.A.G.E. program ~ Families with children who have cancer by Linda Moxley-Haegert

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Hopework: Survival stories from the C.O.U.R.A.G.E. program ~ Families with children who have cancer  by Linda Moxley-Haegert

Most parents would never dream of having a child diagnosed with a life threatening illness. When that happens it most often feels like a nightmare. Community narrative therapy practices provide many possibilities to help turn this nightmare into a ‘hopedream’. Families in Montreal, Canada are doing a great deal of ‘hopework’ in order to find their special achievements, knowledges and resources and voice them through ‘stories of survival’, stories of mastery, and coping. To do this a bi-lingual (English and French) hospital community was developed called C.O.U.R.A.G.E. COURAGE means: Using Cancer as an Opportunity to Unite and share Resources in an Amicable Group setting...

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Externalizing conversations: Statement of Position Map 1 by Mark Hayward

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Externalizing conversations: Statement of Position Map 1  by Mark Hayward

In this Friday Afternoon presentation, Mark Hayward takes us through Michael White’s Statement of Position Map 1 and how these enable externalising conversations. Within this presentation Mark will also invite you to chart an externalising conversation. Included below are a number of related documents and a powerpoint presentation to accompany this DVD. This Friday Afternoon video is therefore a little longer than the earlier presentations (43 minutes). We hope you enjoy it! And we look forward to your participation in the forum.A transcript of Mark’s video is available here. Please download the following interactive documents! Statement Of Position Map...

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Some things I have learned about sex, gender and sexuality by Mary Heath

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 8 comments

Some things I have learned about sex, gender and sexuality by Mary Heath

Welcome to this Friday Afternoon presentation. This afternoon there is a treat in store, as Mary Heath presents ‘Some things I have learned about sex, gender and sexuality’. This presentation uses stories about everyday life to explore ideas about sex, gender and sexuality.It questions the dominant idea that there are only two sexes and two genders, and that sex should always be congruent with gender, drawing on queer theory – and intersex and transgendered people’s life stories. It also examines the challenges bisexuality and queer theory present to dominant ideas about sexuality, proposing that there are more than two sexualities, and that sexuality...

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Rhythm of Life by Adriana Müller

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Rhythm of Life by Adriana Müller

G’day and welcome to our first Brazilian Friday Afternoon at Dulwich Centre. It’s a great pleasure to introduce Adriana Müller and her presentation on the Rhythm of Life. This way of working draws on narrative ideas and musical metaphors. Adrianna has created two video presentations … one in English and one in Portuguese. We look forward to you joining the forum discussion (in either English or Portuguese). Ritmos da Vida por Adriana Müller Bom dia e sejam bem vindos a nossa primeira versão brasileira de Sextas à Tarde no Dulwich Centre. Temos grande prazer em lhes apresentar Adriana Müller que vai falar sobre o Ritmos da Vida. Essa forma de trabalhar...

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Narrative conversations with mandated men by Tod-Augusta Scott

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Narrative conversations with mandated men by Tod-Augusta Scott

Welcome to this Friday Afternoon presentation. This afternoon, Tod-Augusta Scott, from Nova Scotia Canada, shares his work in relation to narrative conversations with men who have engaged in violence against their partners. Below you will also find links to an interview with Tod, and further references and websites. We hope you will join the discussion forum on this important area of work. Further reading (free to download) Augusta-Scott.T. (2006). Talking With Men Who Have Used Violence in Intimate Relationships: An Interview with Tod Augusta-Scott, pp 23-30. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, no. 4, 2006 Australia: Dulwich Centre...

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Positive Psychology and Narrative Practices by Margarita Tarragona

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Positive Psychology and Narrative Practices by Margarita Tarragona

Welcome! This Friday Afternoon at Dulwich Centre presentation promises something a little different. Rather than a presentation on a particular example of narrative practice, Margarita Tarragona explores similarities and differences between Positive Psychology and Narrative Practices. Margarita is a Mexican therapist and offers her presentation in both Spanish and English. Following her presentation, please read responses from David Epston, Yael Gershoni & Saviona Cramer, and Stephen Madigan. We’d then welcome your responses on the on-line discussion forum. Thanks! La Psicología Positiva y las Prácticas Narrativas por Margarita Tarragona Bienvenidos! La...

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Considering polyamory and narrative therapy by Barbara Baumgartner

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Considering polyamory and narrative therapy by Barbara Baumgartner

Welcome to another Friday Afternoon at Dulwich Centre discussion. This week promises another topic to stretch our thinking and practice! Barbara Baumgartner, from Canada, examines how, in her context, much of couple counselling (and the broader culture) takes for granted a range of monogamous assumptions and values. What could couple counselling look like if this was not the case? What if counsellors engaged with the growing numbers of people interested in differing conceptions of intimate relations, including polyamory? After you have watched Barbara’s video we invite you to join the forum discussion on this topic. Further reading Barbara Baumgartner (2009) A...

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Re-membering reciprocal relationships by Chris Dolman

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Re-membering reciprocal relationships by Chris Dolman

Re-membering reciprocal relationships by Chris Dolman and a reflection from Barbara Wingard Re-membering conversations are one of the key maps of narrative therapy practice. This video, by Chris Dolman, explores some interrelationships between re-membering conversations and the principles of Just Therapy, through stories of work with Aboriginal people in Murray Bridge, a rural town in South Australia. Following the video, we invite you to read a reflection by Kaurna Elder and narrative therapist and teacher Barbara Wingard: ‘Bringing lost loved ones into our conversations: Talking about loss in honouring ways’. And then perhaps you may like to join the forum...

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Working with loss: Beyond re-membering by Jill Freedman

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Working with loss: Beyond re-membering by Jill Freedman

Welcome to this Friday Afternoon discussion with Jill Freedman. This afternoon we welcome you into Jill’s kitchen in Evanston, USA! After a quick introduction from Lily Freedman (thanks Lily!), Jill offers a wide range of suggestions about different narrative responses to loss. We thought this was an appropriate follow-up to last month’s discussion about re-membering conversations. While Jill treasures re-membering conversations, in this presentation she offers a range of supplementary ideas about ways of using narrative practices with those who are grieving. You might like to download Jill’s notes and refer to these as you are watching the video...

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Utilising narrative ideas when meeting with people experiencing suicidal thoughts By Loretta Pederson

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Utilising narrative ideas when meeting with people experiencing suicidal thoughts By Loretta Pederson

Loretta Pederson works within a narrative practice team at Telopea Family Support (Hope Connect) in Sydney’s western suburbs. In this presentation she considers ways that we can utilise narrative ideas when meeting with people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Practitioners are invited to enter the experience of the people we meet with, in a way that is supportive and sustaining for all involved. Loretta recently gave a longer version of this presentation through the Caspersen Therapy and Training Centre.   Powerpoint and document Loretta’s powerpoint Workers’ responses in dark times document References Newman, D. (2008). ‘Rescuing the said from the...

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Evaluación Narrativa en Casas de acogida (Narrative evaluation in foster homes)

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 15 comments

Evaluación Narrativa en Casas de acogida (Narrative evaluation in foster homes)

En esta presentación, el terapeuta narrativo Carlos Chimpen, describe las formas de evaluación narrativa que está implementando en casas de acogida. Carlos ha ofrecido amablemente su presentación en inglés y en español. ¡Gracias Carlos! Here, Spanish narrative practitioner, Carlos Chimpen describes the ways in which he is engaging with narrative evaluation in foster homes. Carlos has kindly offered this presentation in both English and Spanish. Thanks Carlos! Evaluación Narrativa en Casas de acogida En las casas de acogida y en las llamadas casas de cumplimientos de medidas judiciales, siempre se ofrece una evaluación de los chicos y chicas que viven allí, basada en el...

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