The Mother-Daughter Project: Co-creating Pro-girl, Pro-mother Culture Through Adolescence and Beyond … the Construction and Deconstruction of Mother-daughter Discourses
This paper documents the ongoing attempts of a group of mothers and daughters to deconstruct dominant discourses about mother-daughter relationships and to create and sustain pro-girl and pro-mother cultures in their lives. This community work has three aims: to support girls coming into their power as women; to support the motherdaughter connection; and to support mothers in the work of mothering. It is hoped that this work will be relevant not only to the work of therapists and community workers but also to readers’ own relationships with mothers and/or children.
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A Reflection— Anita Franklin
Living Feminism in a Queer Family— Amy Ralfs
In this paper, Amy Ralfs describes how her experiences of growing up and living in a queer family have contributed to the development of a particular feminism. This feminism has certain themes which are explained here: ‘Your body is your own’, ‘The personal is political’, ‘Girls can do anything’ & ‘Difference can be different’. This paper was originally delivered as a keynote at the 5th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, in Liverpool in July 2003.
Using Therapeutic Documents – A Review— Hugh Fox
The use of therapeutic documents is a key aspect of narrative practice. This paper describes four different categories of document – letters recording a session, documents of knowledge and affirmation, news documents, and documents to contribute to rites of passage. Examples of each of these documents are offered here and the author also shares some of his experiences, dilemmas and learnings in creating therapeutic documentation. This paper was originally created as a keynote at the inaugural Dulwich Centre Summer School of Narrative Practice which was held in Adelaide in November 2003.
Group Work with Women Who Have Experienced Violence— Jacqui Morse & Alice Morgan
In working with women who have experienced violence in heterosexual relationships, groups provide the opportunity for linking lives around shared themes, values and commitments. The work described in this paper utilises narrative practices to highlight the context of women’s lives, to centre women’s knowledge, to locate responsibility, to accentuate alternative and preferred descriptions of identity, and to build connections between women. Specific attention is also paid to deconstruct dominant gender discourses.
Working in the Worlds of Children: Growing, Schools, Families, Communities Through Imagining— Elspeth McAdam & Peter Lang
This paper describes the use of appreciative enquiry within schools and school communities in England, Sweden, Finland, Portugal, and in Southern Africa. Elspeth and Peter describe the thinking that informs their work and offer a series of hopeful examples.
Narrative Mediation: Assisting in the Renegotiation of Discursive Positions— John Winslade
This paper describes how the practice of mediation might be pursued from a narrative perspective. In the process, it introduces an emphasis on the analysis of ‘discursive positioning’ which can be helpful in making sense of what happens in conflict situations, as well as being a useful conceptual tool in the practice of mediation.