Posts by Anni Paech

Running with Narrative Ideas by Carmen Ostrander

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Running with Narrative Ideas by Carmen Ostrander

Seeing through a narrative lens provides opportunities to refresh and reconsider approaches to the ‘performance’ of counselling, and the ways in which we might collude with or resist the influence of power and discourse in practice. In this video Carmen invites you in to her fledgling practice to share examples of some of the ways in which narrative ideas inspire and shape her work; through letter writing, note taking, research, and practical expressions of a de-centred position when working with individuals.  Carmen Ostrander is an Australian narrative and expressive arts therapist currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Discovering narrative ways...

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Protected: Starting out as a tutor? Some ideas and stories

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Enter your password to view comments.

Hi everyone!  Poh has kindly put together these two videos about some of her learnings from being a tutor in the Masters. We hope this will be helpful to other tutors. Could you please also add any of your key learnings/tips in the comments section below? Thanks! 

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Towards de-colonised practice: using narrative practice to develop storybooks and documents by Grace Drahm

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Towards de-colonised practice: using narrative practice to develop storybooks and documents by Grace Drahm

Grace’s discussion focuses on the different maps of narrative practice that she has utilised to support Aboriginal young people and their families to develop storybooks and therapeutic documents which centre and honour their Aboriginal worldviews.   Grace Drahm is a Social Worker who has worked in Remote Aboriginal Communities in Cape York for nearly a decade in supporting mental health and wellbeing. As a non-Aboriginal woman, Grace is working towards a de-colonised practice that assists her to engage in practice as political action, which challenges the dominant ideology of a Western system, and which tries to ensure that she is not perpetuating colonisation, but...

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How talking about what “matters” rather than “what is the matter” can reposition a person and take an advantage over problems: Introducing the Rappelling Metaphor by Ryan Carpenter

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 2 comments

How talking about what “matters” rather than “what is the matter” can reposition a person and take an advantage over problems: Introducing the Rappelling Metaphor by Ryan Carpenter

In this video Ryan Carpenter highlights some of the work he is doing working with folks who have experienced incongruences with their sense of self and lived experiences.  By inviting questions that speak to what is important for people, therapeutic conversations can create an advantage over the disadvantage in a problem dominant narrative. This presentation highlights three techniques in creating this advantage. The first example introduces a new technique, Ryan calls the “rappelling metaphor.” The rappelling metaphor, inspired by Michael White’s notion of spirituality, is a technique that makes visible spiritually transformative experiences. This...

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Didgeri: Local Collective Response by Anthony Newcastle

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 3 comments

Didgeri: Local Collective Response by Anthony Newcastle

  This Friday afternoon video describes the work around Didgeri which began as a regular opportunity for Aboriginal men and young men to learn to play the didgeridoo, yet grew into a local collective initiative to help give voice in support of men who had experienced sexual abuse in their youth. This video describes how Didgeri became involved in the No More Campaign and what has been made possible among participants of Didgeri as a result of their involvement in such a collective action initiative.     Anthony Newcastle is the owner and principle facilitator of Natjul Indigenous Performing Arts, an Aboriginal owned and managed facilitation company that...

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Conformity pressures: Deconstructing social discourses in the Korean context by Eunjoo Lee

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Conformity pressures: Deconstructing social discourses in the Korean context by Eunjoo Lee

This video shows how social discourses surrounding conformity pressures are deconstructed in a Korean context, illustrated by the Korean proverb, ‘the pointy stone meets the chisel’. This video demonstrates how Sunnie – who felt anxious communicating with colleagues – and Eunjoo explored ways to revise her approach to conformity pressures.  The conversation with Sunnie proceeds with a map, which consists of three stages: starting with the presented problem; deconstructing social discourses; and exploring alternative stories.  The second stage is the process of externalising discourses, which has five steps: making the discourse visible and naming it (‘should...

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Mindfulness and Narrative Therapy By Ian Percy

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 5 comments

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...

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Using Collective Knowledge in Narrative Family Therapy by Yael Gershoni

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 1 comment

Using Collective Knowledge in Narrative Family Therapy by Yael Gershoni

In this video Yael Gershoni will demonstrate a way of finding points of departure for re-authoring “alternative stories”. The concept is that the multi-generational family of origin can be a rich resource of “collective knowledge”. Collective knowledge is knowledge we gather from a group of people. Yael proposes expanding these practices to include using collective knowledge from multiple generations of the family experience. In these therapeutic conversations ideas are collected from the histories of multiple generations within a family. Embedded in these histories are stories of how to deal with difficulties that bear resemblance to those confronted by the client....

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Creatively intervening in interpersonal and state violence: The storytelling and organizing project by Rachel Herzing

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Creatively intervening in interpersonal and state violence: The storytelling and organizing project by Rachel Herzing

Originally given to students in the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work program, this presentation outlines approaches to reducing violence that do not rely on remedies tied to policing and imprisonment. The presentation draws from work done by US-based organizations Critical Resistance and Creative Interventions as well as a pilot project to help communities reduce the violence of policing by reducing contact with law enforcement.   Rachel Herzing is an organizer and community educator who fights to reduce the violence of imprisonment and policing. She is currently the co-director of the Center for Political Education, a community resource dedicated to...

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Navigating relationships when our children are in out of home care: A narrative therapy group for parents whose lives are affected by child protection intervention and the removal of their children by Lauren Graham

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 4 comments

Navigating relationships when our children are in out of home care: A narrative therapy group for parents whose lives are affected by child protection intervention and the removal of their children by Lauren Graham

Lauren describes a narrative informed group she developed and conducted for parents whose children are in care, and the ripple effects of linking communities through the sharing of stories and documents initially generated through the group.  This initiative is linked to the work of a local action group in which Lauren is a member, in partnership with parents, which helps raise awareness and promotes strategies for family inclusion. Her work with this community continues and the themes of the group and stories generated continue to be shared, helping to make visible the skills and knowledge of parents on this journey, including the ways in which they resist the...

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