A Conversation with Lateral Violence— Barbara Wingard
Lateral Violence is the name given to the harmful and undermining practices that members of oppressed groups can engage in against each other as a result of marginalisation. This paper comprises an ‘interview’ with Lateral Violence, played by a senior Australian Aboriginal health worker. In this paper, Lateral Violence provides ‘its own’ exposé. It is hoped that this paper may be used as a script for running workshops on lateral violence.
Reversing the Trend: Families Resolving and Responding to Their Own Problems of Living through Family Group Conferencing: An interview with Daniel Bogue
This interview explores the principles and practices of family group conferencing, as practiced in Ontario, Canada. The Ontario model draws on the family group conferencing first developed in New Zealand, and brings together practices of family therapy, children’s welfare, community organising, and ritual/spiritual concerns. By ‘widening the circle’ to include extended family members – often in quite protracted and difficult children’s welfare cases – family group conferencing allows for more voices to be heard, and families to develop their own solutions. This interview took place in Toronto in April, 2009. David Denborough was the interviewer.
Combining Relaxation and Guided Imagery with Narrative Practices in Therapy with an Incest Survivor— Razi Shachar
This paper explores the use of relaxation and guided imagery in conjunction with narrative therapy, with a woman dealing with the effects of trauma related to sexual abuse. The work took place in Israel, with a woman who was abused in childhood by her brother, yet she was still on good terms with him and the rest of her family. The woman was also part of a religious community that placed certain expectations on women regarding sexual relationships with their husbands. This paper explores some of the more complex issues around sex and intimacy, along with ways of unpacking sex, body image, and dominant cultural norms, in a complex and nuanced context.
Bringing Narrative Practices to Psychopharmacology— SuEllen Hamkins
This paper considers how narrative therapy practices can be brought to the field of psychopharmacology. Specifically, the paper explores how clients’ evaluations of medicine – including negative and positive effects, as well as their preferences for its use – can be brought more to the centre of medicine consultation. The various discourses that surround pharmacology during practice are also considered, including how to proceed when these discourses are in conflict. A discussion of the relevant issues in theory and practice is complemented by two examples from the author’s practice.