My Practice as Described by Those Who Consult Me— Marit E. Løkken
Clients’ experiences of conversations with therapists is a crucial issue, but one that is often not directly researched. Marit Løkken embarked on a research project that involved not only asking her clients about their experiences of therapy, but also involved developing the research project, and the questions asked, in consultation with those clients. This article describes this process, includes examples of some of the responses, and includes an interview structured as a definitional ceremony to record her reflections on these responses.
Collective Narrative Practice with Rape Victims in the Chinese Society of Hong Kong— Suet Lin (Shirley) Hung
This article presents an example of collective narrative practice with Chinese women who have experienced rape. In a cultural context where rape is an immense taboo and a source of shame, this group project linked individual women to the collective. The use of the Tree of Life methodology, re-authoring conversations, outsider witnesses, therapeutic letters and documents, and definitional ceremony, has richly described the knowledges and skills of these women which have helped them, and which could contribute to the lives of other women. In addition to acknowledging personal agency, the cultural dimension and social construction of sexual violence was exposed in local language and practice, and the power of dominant discourses was revealed and challenged.
The Road Trip— Ingrid Cologna, Rekha John, Tracy Johnson
The Road Trip is an eight-week feminist, narrative, art therapy group which maps members’ journeys of healing and transformation from the impacts of sexual assault. The authors describe various ‘stops’ and experiences that transpired along the way of the Trip from two different groups that made this expedition in 2008 and 2009. In addition to describing the groups, the authors discuss and include images of various resources that were a part of these journeys, as well as images of some of the art that was created.
Re-membering Reciprocal Relationships— Chris Dolman
Re-membering conversations are one of the key maps of narrative therapy practice. This article explores some interrelationships between re-membering conversations and the principles of Just Therapy, along with the other narrative practices of ‘the absent but implicit’ and regarding distress as testimony, enquiring about personal agency, and naming injustice. This interweaving of theory and practice is shown through work with Aboriginal people in Murray Bridge, a rural town in South Australia.
Bringing Lost Loved Ones into Our Conversations: Talking About Loss in Honouring Ways (a reflection on Chris Dolman’s Re-membering Reciprocal Relationships) by Barbara Wingard
Special Knowledge and Stories About Dementia— David Denborough
KAGE, in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, has recently developed a theatrical production in relation to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The show is called Sundowner. The production has been developed through a series of community forums in which collective narrative practices were used to elicit, richly describe, and document special knowledge and stories about dementia. This paper includes insider-knowledge about the experience of dementia and the experience of caring for people with dementia in the hope that this will be of assistance to others.