Posts by Hetty

Turning hopelessness into action: Narrative responses to the late-2018 political context by Tiffany Sostar

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 1 comment

Turning hopelessness into action: Narrative responses to the late-2018 political context by Tiffany Sostar

This video describes a series of narrative responses to the hopelessness, despair, and fear felt by some community members in late 2018, in response to: the Kavanaugh hearings and confirmation; anti-trans legislation and sentiment being introduced in America (and parallel rhetoric in Canada); anti-woman legislation and sentiment; anti-immigrant legislation and sentiment; ongoing colonialism and white supremacy; rising fascism; and more…   These narrative responses included collective document creation, discussion groups, letter-writing campaigns, and a focus on invitations to solidarity and to collective action. Importantly, these...

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The Narrative Docket: Working with young people involved in legal and police systems, by Clement Yee

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 1 comment

The Narrative Docket: Working with young people involved in legal and police systems, by Clement Yee

This 3-part video introduces the Narrative Docket, a narrative practice innovation developed for use when working with adolescents who have been referred to social services typically through the legal and police systems. Its contents comprise of a ‘collective document’ containing accounts of experiences of being involuntarily referred, a ‘Court Trial Metaphor’ layout that acts as a platform facilitating the use of various narrative practices, and a ‘checklist’ that captures the qualities, values, characteristics, expertise, knowledge and skills of the young person which may be less obviously reflected in other psychometric instruments which are required to be...

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The Language of Structuralism by Mark Hayward

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 6 comments

The Language of Structuralism by Mark Hayward

This video explores the effects that structuralist thought has had on Western psychology, it’s dominance in cultural ideas about mental health and the different historical events that have contributed to this. It’s essentially a deconstruction of some of the ideas; a deconstruction that shows the foundations to be invented, not discovered, and exposes the limitations to our thinking when we accord these ideas truth status. Structuralism is an interesting and sometimes helpful theory and metaphor but only one of many possible ideas for understanding people and relationships.      Mark Hayward has worked as a Family Therapist in the UK for 30 years...

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Resisting Calling-Out Culture: “Leaning in” with respect and dignity by Vikki Reynolds

Posted by on Apr 27, 2018 in Friday Afternoon Videos, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Resisting Calling-Out Culture: “Leaning in” with respect and dignity by Vikki Reynolds

In this presentation, Vikki discusses strategies from activist movements to resist calling-out culture, where we cut off, exile and attack fellow workers, and instead find ways to offer critique which is different from attack. Structuring safety and creating cultures of critique requires that we create relationships of respect and dignity as a frame for our solidarity. We then acknowledge the ethics of the other and “Lean In” to offer a critique that brings us all more in line with our collective ethics for justice-doing in community work. The heart ache, betrayals and hardship caused by attack of other workers in our movements is the stuff that drives...

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Quantum Leaps from the Safe Space: A week long ‘Intensive’ narrative family gathering in response to childhood sexual abuse by Ellen Cornfeld

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 0 comments

Quantum Leaps from the Safe Space: A week long ‘Intensive’ narrative family gathering in response to childhood sexual abuse by Ellen Cornfeld

Emerging stories of experiencing childhood sexual abuse within the family tell of silences, hazy memories, and confusion. When silence is woven into religious and family culture, the individual’s journey of healing can linger in despair and suffering. This project is about belief in Narrative Practices, about belief in creative thinking which can enable unique cultural connections with those we work with, and about a belief that families have the ability to heal from sexual abuse that has occurred in the family. This is the story of how these beliefs inspired a week-long family gathering from half-way around the world, in response to childhood sexual abuse. This video,...

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Letters to Friends: co-researching preferred stories of identity, from individual therapy to collective therapy by Nerida Barclay

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Friday Afternoon Videos | 1 comment

Letters to Friends: co-researching preferred stories of identity, from individual therapy to collective therapy by Nerida Barclay

This Friday afternoon video is a critique of the historical and modern day mental health systems, arguing that these systems are constructed to internalise sociohistorical problems via individualist methodologies that can be degrading of people’s lives. The video goes on to describe a project of collaboration between Nerida and two young people at the Australian organisation, headspace. Narrative therapy co-research methodologies are used to construct letters that transform individual therapy in to collective therapy.   <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height:...

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