Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy By Ian Percy

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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 integrated with storied meaning-making.

 

Ian Percy MSW PhD is a senior therapist, supervisor, consultant, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. He is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and an Accredited Psychotherapy Supervisor with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Since 1997 Ian has taught narrative approaches to social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses, teachers, chaplains, and occupational therapists. He has given workshops and papers at state, national and international conferences, and received two university awards for academic excellence. In 2016 he was a Plenary Speaker on spiritualities at the 8th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health held in Singapore. As well, Ian has studied and practiced various forms of meditation, including mindfulness approaches, for 40 years.  His recently completed PhD thesis researched the similarities and differences between therapeutic mindfulness in Australia and Bhutan.

Published September 1, 2017

4 Comments

  1. Thanks for the video presentation on mindfulness. I have been asked to explain mindfulness to those I meet in various grieving stages and also in domestic violence work. I will refer others to this link.

    Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    • I appreciate it Emmae. Please do get in touch again if you have any further thoughts on the presentation or other aspects of mindfulness and narrative practices.
      Best wishes
      Ian

  2. Thanks so much Linda for your interest in the integration of mindfulness and narrative. As you may know, I recently presented with David Pare at the Re-authoring Teaching gathering in Vermont on this topic. I believe this direction fits well with re-imagining narrative practices. I am not sure about questions for the group but here are a few questions I constantly ask myself (there are many others too!):

    In what ways can mindfulness be depicted and what effects could a particular depiction have on the therapist, the person attending and the aspiration for collaborative practices?

    How can mindfulness support narrative approaches and narrative support mindful attention?

    In what ways can mindfulness contribute to understanding the effects of problems, to recognising various shifts in positioning, and to the development of beneficial and preferred storylines?

    How can various discourses and applications of mindfulness and narrative be connected while staying committed to the ethico-politics of practice?

    Hope this is helpful?
    Best wishes
    Ian

  3. We have thought that it would be helpful to bring notice to this video to the Facebook Narrative Practice Group. We have been discussing in our leadership group the idea of re-imagining narrative practices as David Epston has been encouraging and thought of this as an example. Are there any particular questions you think could be useful to give to the group regarding your integration practice of mindfulness and narrative therapy. Thanks for your presentation.

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