Welcoming new arrivals

This video is a message of welcome to newcomers to Adelaide from a group of young Syrians and friends who came to Australia as refugees. Here they share their tips for making a new life in Adelaide as well…


Hope during crisis

In these times of crisis, practitioners are finding diverse ways of engaging with narrative practices in relation to hope. Here we share a number of examples.  Glimmers, stories and practices of hope By Jill Freedman & Gene Combs (USA)…

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Responding to racism during the pandemic

We have been alarmed at the rise of racism at this time of the pandemic. Here in Australia, people of Asian appearance are bearing the brunt of hostilities. In other contexts we hear from friends that anti-Semitic violence and…


Sharing insider knowledge during the pandemic

Here we have included three different projects that involve sharing insider knowledge during the pandemic. The  first two have been created by Riverbank Psychology (UK):  Myth-busting and survival guide to the Covid-19 pandemic: lived experiences of young adults identifying…

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Elders knowledge project

At this time of the pandemic, in many different contexts, there is particular concern about the health of the elderly. While doing everything possible in relation to physical health is the number one priority, I wonder if we can…


Exoticising the domestic

Many of us are spending a lot more time in our rooms/apartments/houses than we are used to! And so, it seems appropriate to 'exoticise the domestic' (to misuse a term by Pierre Bordeaux which Michael White drew on -…


Creative forms of health promotion

On this page we have collected together some resources on creative forms of health promotion with respect to COVID-19. If you come across a resource or news story that would fit here we'd love you to send it through…


Resources for working with children

We have included here:   a report from India put together by Maya Sen about exploring ways of responding to violence against vulnerable children during lockdown  a video about 'Worry Journaling' from family therapist Peter Fraenkel in New York City…


COVID-19 and family/intimate partner violence

“We know that intimate partner/family violence increases during times of widespread social crisis. Existing violence might increase in severity, or it might be the first time that someone experiences harm. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, we are all…


Lived wisdom on panic, worry and isolation

  Lived wisdom on panic, worry and isolation: Stories to support the community amid the COVID-19 crisis, from mental health service users, survivors and ex-patients. Why This Document Exists Some of us were thinking during this period of global…


Türkiye Narrative Terapi

  Video 1 Giriş (Introduction) Bu videoda Narrative Terapi ile nasıl tanıştığımı, sonrasında Türkiye Narrative Terapi Topluluğu olarak neler yaşadığımızı ve nihayet bu videoların ne amaçla hazırlandığını bulacaksınız. In this video, you will find how I met first with…


The bystander project

We want to stand with you: A bystander action project  When we witness discrimination or harassment how can we respond?   To the young women of the Muslim Women’s Association, Hi. We’re a group of young women - friends…


Statements of the heart

The  Uluru Statement of the Heart ends with the words: ‘We leave base camp and start our trek across this vast country. We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better…


Part 8: two songs

Spirit of pride Here is a song, 'Spirit of Pride’ that represents the journey of making a new life in a new land:   Spirit of the sea   Part 9: Primary school knowledge— how we tackle problems



Denborough, D. (Ed.). (2006). Trauma: Narrative responses to traumatic experience. Adelaide, Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications. Denborough, D. (2008). Collective narrative practice: Responding to individuals, groups, and communities who have experienced trauma. Adelaide, Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications. Denborough, D. (2014).…


About narrative approaches

This project is based on narrative approaches to therapy, group work and community work. These approaches were initially developed by Australian, Michael White, and New Zealander, David Epston. Narrative therapy centres people as the experts in their own lives…



The following people and organisations made this project possible!    All the young people whose ideas, skills, knowledge and stories are contained in these pages … and especially their determination to share what they know in order to assist…


A message from Syrian mothers

When a group of Syrian mothers heard these young people’s welcoming tips, they sent the following message: Hello, We are a group of Syrian mothers meeting at the Muslim Women’s Association here in Adelaide. Today we heard the letter…

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Part 5: LGBTQA journeys

We are young people from the Feast Queer Youth Drop In Space. We know quite a bit about journeys and migrations. There are some journeys we’ve already completed. Others that we are still on. Some we are just beginning…


Part 1: How we overcome bullying

In this section, young people share stories about the ways they got through some of the hardest times in their lives. We begin this section with tips on how young people have been able to overcome bullying, then we…



  Transforming our national anthem  There are many current initiatives to transform our national anthem. Hopefully, one day the peoples of this land will get to choose a new version (or versions!).  We don't think it's up to us…


Therapeutic Conversations about Pop Culture by Julie Tilsen

In this Friday Afternoon video, Julie introduces cultural studies methodologies as conceptual and conversational resources that help us have meaningful and productive conversations about peoples' relationships with the commodities and practices of popular and media culture. The video provides a brief overview of cultural studies, questions for reflections, sample questions from the three domains of inquiry (political economy, textual analysis, and audience reception), and suggestions for further reading.


The Alliance against “Anxiety” – Acknowledging skills and knowledge for those who are suffering from anxiety by using art in narrative practice by Rebecca Wong

In this Friday Afternoon Video, Caca Wong presents an exploration on using art in narrative practice for children and youth to express their experience as well as acknowledging their skills and knowledge on facing ‘Anxiety’.  Through the exercises of Art, they have chance to externalize and re-authoring their anxiety stories with hopes and dreams.


Seeing is Believing: Reaching beyond words – using video to re-story parent-child relationship by Carry Gorney

In this Friday Afternoon Video, narrative therapist Carry Gorney discusses 'Seeing is Believing'. 'Seeing is Believing' is an exciting new approach to working with the mother-infant relationship that is based on a preventive intervention for new parents STEEP (Steps Toward Effective, Enjoyable Parenting) which was originally evaluated at the University of Minnesota.


Exploring the Bicycle metaphor as a vehicle for rich story development: A collective narrative practice project by Marc Leger

In this Friday Afternoon video Marc talks about a Collective Narrative Practice project which involves exploring the Bicycle as its central metaphor. He will provide an overview of this collective practice methodology and share specific examples of how he has explored this metaphor with the use of ‘place-based’ narrative questioning practices within his own context.


December News : issue #87

G’day! It’s amazing to think that the year is coming to a close. We’ve been so busy lately we haven’t had time to catch you up on all that’s been happening! Now’s our chance to do so and to thank you for your support and interest over the last year. You’ll find here links to new free resources, lots of news and announcements for next year!

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