It can be difficult to find opportunities to tell and reconsider stories of police or state violence. Speaking out can pose a risk to the person, particularly if the story might connect them to protests or persecuted groups. When…
From 1983 onwards, Dulwich Centre was known for holding free events on Friday afternoons. These ‘Friday Afternoons at Dulwich’ would begin at 4.30pm so that people dropped by on their way home after the working week. They always consisted of a good speaker sharing some aspect of their practice that was currently intriguing and challenging to them and this was then followed by discussion and drinks! Now, every second month, on the Friday afternoon we are placing up on this website a video, maybe an audio recording, or a link to something very interesting. Of course, you can view this wherever you are in the world at a time that suits you, and then contribute to the discussion and debate. We are delighted that this new momentum of online discussion is continuing the ‘Friday Afternoons at Dulwich’ tradition.
We will welcome your suggestions as to topics that we could cover and if you come across particularly interesting video of audio recordings please let us know c/o email@example.com We are also in the process of working out possibilities for translating the transcripts of Friday Afternoons into a range of other languages.
Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in Friday Afternoons videos and forums are those of the presenters and forum participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dulwich Centre Publications or Dulwich Centre Foundation. Dulwich Centre Publications and Dulwich Centre Foundation does not accept responsibility for them. Nor can we accept responsibility for the effects of using the ideas shared in these presentations in your own contexts. Watching these video presentations is not a substitute for training or supervision in narrative practice, both of which we thoroughly recommend.
In this Friday Afternoon Video, Serge Nyirinkwaya draws from narrative practices – re-authoring conversations, the absent but implicit and collective narrative practices – and from experiential learning models - as he tells his story of practice: a playful approach…
In this Friday Afternoon Video, Kelsi speaks to her PhD research on Michael White’s video archive, which features approximately 300 video recordings of his therapeutic practice and educational teaching. With the support of Cheryl White, Penny White, and Dulwich…
In this Friday Afternoon Video, Kassandra describes the complexities, the politics and the possibilities she has been navigating in her experience of bringing narrative ideas into the TV world. Having been invited over the past few years onto several…
Jedda Wells is a proud Yuwaalaaray Woman who works and lives on Gundungurra and Tharawal lands. She is the owner of a Private Healing and Therapy Practice which supports people in contributing to their economy and community. This includes…
This Friday Afternoon Video explores how narrative approaches — externalising, unique-outcome, re-membering and re-authoring conversations — can be used for a domestic abuse hotline to assist clients in deconstructing their dominant stories and get in touch with their personal agency.…
In this new Friday Afternoon video, Daniela Schon describes how therapeutic letter writing and other narrative practices were implemented in a phone-based community counselling service in relation to work with regular and frequent callers. Helplines provide support for people…
This video offers insights into stories of self-identified women and girls who came to live in a shelter in Kathmandu, Nepal, to forge their own pathways after surviving trafficking, forced sex work and/or other forms of violence in their homes, communities and beyond.
This video talks about a co-research project where Amanda invited women to reflect on what they perceive to be some of the causes of perinatal depression. Interesting insights were shared.
This video explores the experience of combining two different therapeutic approaches, Narrative Therapy and Intention Peer Support. It aims to explore the huge value of the peer relationship. The peer relationship is when both or all parties in the relationship have had some similar or like experience.
Narrative Walks is a hope-based, depathologising outdoor program that was developed to engage with populations who may not be drawn to conventional methods of therapy. This structured day program encourages participants to explore 15 narrative therapy questions, and to engage in a number of other activities during a 20 kilometre walk through the bush.
This video describes a series of narrative responses to the hopelessness, despair, and fear felt by some community members in late 2018. These narrative responses included collective document creation, discussion groups, letter-writing campaigns, and a focus on invitations to solidarity and to collective action.
This 3-part video introduces the Narrative Docket, a narrative practice innovation developed for use in working with adolescents who have been referred to social services typically through the legal and police systems. Narrative ideas underpinning this Docket include collective narrative practice, externalizing of problems, outsider witness, re-authoring as well as counter-documentation.
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.
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.
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 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.
In this Friday Afternoon Video, narrative therapist Natalie Smee demonstrates her work with four women using narrative therapy principles and practices to respond to women who are impacted by domestic violence. The video describes the interview process and explores the impact and ‘acts of resistance’ the women described throughout the sharing of their stories. The use of externalising metaphors and stories introduce a way of viewing domestic violence and other difficulties in their lives, in a hope to decrease the influence of domestic violence in the women’s lives and to increase their personal agency in dealing with it. The video draws on the migration of identity, collaborative documents and insider knowledge to build a witnessing resource for abused women. It invites the audience on a journey with the women through the viewing of an interview which combines elements of all four women’s responses. Although each woman’s experiences and journey had been torrid and unique, they were committed to the notion of sharing stories of migration to be collated into a collaborative resource for the witnessing purposes of other women who are considering their own migrations from violence.
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…
In this Friday Afternoon video, narrative therapist Grace Drahm will focus on the different maps of narrative practice that she has utilised to support Aboriginal young people and their families develop storybooks and therapeutic documents which centres and honours their Aboriginal worldview.
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.
This Friday afternoon video by narrative therapist Anthony Newcastle 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.
Narrative Therapist Ian Percy offers ways of conceptualising mindfulness that includes, and diverges from, prevailing discourses and practices. 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 integrated with storied meaning-making.
In this Friday Afternoon video, Narrative Therapist 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”.
This Friday Afternoon video presentation by Rachel Herzing outlines approaches to reducing violence that do not rely on remedies tied to policing and imprisonment.
In this Friday Afternoon video, narrative therapist Lauren Graham 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.
'Beads of Life’ group by Narrative Therapist Sara Portnoy uses narrative therapy principles to help young people with a diagnosis of Cancer to tell the many stories in there lives in ways which make them stronger.
The “box of problems” represents a document of deconstructing conversations which the therapists and the people consulting them can collaboratively create by co-investigating the historical, social, political and economical contexts of problems.
Keri partnered with the Calgary Women's Health Collective (outside of public services) to offer a 'safer space' for women who struggle with mental health troubles to unpack oppression in their lives and explore/enact preferred identity claims. Keri is joined by Sanni-Ilona Paljakka, Loree Stout and Frank McGrath in mentorship and solidarity. But it is the ideas and generosity of the Women's Collective participants that Keri wishes to uphold and honour in this presentation.
‘My Happy Ending’ group work uses narrative therapy principles and practices to respond to children who have experienced violence in their families. The video describes the two-days-one-night group work process and offers reflections on working with children in Singapore using narrative ideas.
This Friday Afternoon video by Meizi Tan explores the double story development of women’s responses to gender violence through the use of collective narrative methodology. This project describes the use of Recipes for Life in a two-days-one-night group work retreat organized for women who have experienced gender violence in their intimate relationships.
This Friday Afternoon video demonstrates the integration of Aboriginal Art with Narrative Practices to create culturally appropriate counselling for Aboriginal practitioners when working with Aboriginal children and young people. Narrative Therapist Vanessa Davis also offers a step-by-step explanation of how she has used 'My Meeting Place' in a one-on-one counselling session, to create and guide Narrative conversations.
This Friday Afternoon video by narrative therapist Kylie Dowse invites viewers to consider how narrative ways of working intertwine to prioritise the safety of women and children while respectfully engaging men.
This Friday Afternoon Video by Narrative Therapist Linda Moxley-Haegart provides an overview of narrative practices used with children who are dying and their families in a hospital palliative care setting.
In this Friday Afternoon video, narrative therapist Siu-wai Lit presents the experience of using Narrative Therapy Group that gives voice to the neglected counter narratives of the unwed teenage women with pregnancy experience through the innovative practice for double-story development, in which the members not only experienced personal growth, but also realised that they have a choice – to be continuously dominated by the problem-saturated story or to take a step to walk out!
In this Friday Afternoon Video, Kristina Lainson explains the concerns about eating and its effects on bodies are often articulated in terms of individualised pathologies. This video describes an interweaving of narrative practices which has proved helpful for a number of women experiencing such concerns. By inviting collective considerations to their individual experiences, and by recognising and naming their existing commitments and agentive responses to societal expectations, it became more possible to move away from ideas of ‘stuckness’ towards a sense of being influential both in their own life, and possibly in the lives of others similarly concerned.
In this Friday Afternoon video, narrative therapist Mohamed Fareez proposes the use of the 'Life Certificate' a narrative therapeutic document that allows us to document the preferred stories of our lost loved ones. Examples of how the 'Life Certificate' is used in practice will be discussed, along with narrative inquiries to facilitate the renegotiation of our relationships.
In this Friday Afternoon Video, narrative therapist Jennifer Swan explores the work done with the 'Squid Group' and the use of 'Chosen Family Trees', which was a practice innovation to find a way to 'thicken up the roots' of the Tree of Life for people isolated from lineages of support due to migration, violence and mental health issues.
In this Friday Afternoon video, Yuk King Lau brings together narrative therapy and systemic family therapy in her practice with students encountering difficulties in school attendance.
In this Friday Afternoon video, Ryan introduces the concept of “Troublemakers” and how they are named and externalised in men’s domestic violence groups through the use of cards.
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.
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.
In this Friday Afternoon presentation, Chad shares some stories about his use of ceremony and ritual - what he calls Liturgical Practice - in therapy and introduces some of the thinkers and ideas that have informed this work.
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.
This video explores stories of resistance that are embedded in the negative disempowering stories that are often told by those under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
This Friday Afternoon video presentation outlines the process and experiences that were co created in Melbourne in 2015 as narrative therapist Cyndi Darnell and a group of individuals met weekly for 15 weeks to apply the principles of group Narrative therapy within a sex and pleasure context.
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.
This video explores the use of narrative documentation in work with people from refugee backgrounds, specifically in contexts of responding to trauma. Through the lens of narrative documentation, a number of narrative principles and practices are explored, including eliciting responses to trauma,…
In this Friday Afternoon video, Chris Tse presents an experience of collective narrative practice with young people with Asperger who experienced bullying in their lives. This project intends to connect young people together collectively.
Apart from swimming with her Border Collie and being a taxi for young people who live with her, Carolyn's working life is primarily with children. Having been taught by Michael White in the early 90's, Carolyn now practices Narrative…
In this Friday afternoon video we (Manja and Gipsy) share some snapshots from our 28 years of loving, living and working together in the intersections of age, sexuality and illness as non-biological mother and daughter in a Lesbian family.…
This Friday Afternoon, Narrative Practitioner Annette Dudley explains her project, 'Unspoken Words'; it is about writing letters to significant Elders who have influenced her on her life journey.
In this Friday Afternoon video, Tileah Drahm-Butler aims to bring forth conversation on the ways that Narrative therapy can be used as a decolonising practice, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and skill in resistance is honoured and talked about in a therapy setting.
In this video, Viviane describes how she has been using a narrative framework to receive and document testimonies of trauma to support people to reclaim their lives from the effects of abuse and violence. She also shares a story…
This video explores the intersection of Critical Disability Theory with the principles of Narrative Practice. Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift are narrative practitioners who have disabilities; Norman has cerebral palsy and Emma is Autistic. In a conversation…
Yeemei Wong worked in Hong Kong as a school social worker where she met many young people and their families who lived in disadvantaged circumstances or in poverty. Yeemei then started studying Narrative Therapy in Australia and began to practice…
This video describes a narrative collective practice project in a community in Singapore that experiences financial difficulties and other complex issues. Conversations with the families set out to allow rich description of their experiences of 'Pocket Kering', or 'no money'.…
In this video Phillipa recounts fragments of a collective narrative film methodology and illustrates a process of using narrative practices and film in a community setting to discover, link, document, celebrate and inspire creative responses to violence. This project…
Loretta Pederson works with families in Western Sydney at a non-government organisation. She also works in private practice and is a member of the Dulwich Centre teaching faculty. In this video Loretta speaks about working with women who have…