You are invited!

Kigali, Rwanda: 8th - 12th August 2022

We are delighted to invite you to Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills – for the next international narrative therapy and community work conference. It’s been quite some years since we have held one of these events and we are excited to be doing so in collaboration with SOS Rwanda.

There is a significant history of Rwandan practitioners making contributions to the field of narrative practice. Practitioners from Ibuka (the Rwandan national genocide survivors association) began engaging with narrative therapy and community work ideas over ten years ago. Their work is featured in Working with memory in the shadow of genocide‘ 

This conference will feature the  diverse work of Rwandan practitioners with children and families and from narrative therapists and community workers from many different parts of the world!

We hope to see you there.

It’s only possible for us to hold this conference now because of Rwanda’s effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more about this, see:

COVID-19 success story for Rwanda is a wake-up call for wealthy West

Lessons Learned from Rwanda: Innovative Strategies for Prevention and Containment of COVID-19

Rwanda’s secret weapon against covid-19: trust

Rwanda’s Resiliency During the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic 

Registration

There will be two days of workshops and then a three day conference.

Registration fees below cover both the two days of workshops AND three day conference.

The rate for the conference is AUD$990 (for those in southern hemisphere) and USD$990 (for those in northern hemisphere).

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Northern Hemisphere registration (USD$990):

Southern Hemisphere registration (AUD$990):

Participants from Africa: to register for the conference please email us directly at dcp@dulwichcentre.com.au

This conference will feature presentations from well-respected international narrative therapists and Rwandan and East African practitioners on the following themes:

  • Street children and vulnerable children: Hopeful stories of practice
  • Narrative family therapy
  • Intergenerational narrative practice in relation to intergenerational trauma – explorations by Jewish narrative practitioners with reflections from Rwandan colleagues.
  • Workshops on the Tree of Life approach which enables children and young people to address traumatic experiences without having to speak about them directly, but instead through the metaphors of trees, forests and storms.
  • Presentations by peer mental health workers about how narrative practice can support peer work.   
  • Workshops describing how narrative practices are being contextualised and used in culturally appropriate ways in Rwanda in relation to disability
  • The Team of Life narrative approach which uses sporting metaphors to enable young people to address traumatic experience. This approach, originally developed for a Ugandan context, is used by Rwandan colleagues with children who have lived on the streets and children and young people struggling with their mental health.
  • Strengthening resistance and resilience: The use of narrative practices in working with genocide survivors
  • Narrative practice and mental health
  • Narrative therapy and Christianity: How narrative practice and spirituality can work together in culturally relevant ways in African contexts.  
  • Indigenous research and narrative practice
  • Working with memory: Narrative therapy responses to diverse experiences of trauma
  • Aboriginal narrative practice – and exchanges between different peoples who have survived genocide
  • Saying hullo again, re-membering, narrative grief work in counselling and community work
  • Creative examples of narrative therapy documentation – including letters, certificates and songs!

Helpful websites

The official tourism website Visit Rwanda is full of tips about travelling to the ‘heart of Africa’. 

For information about tourism in Rwanda, please click here and for any support and local advice, reach out to Claudien Nsabagasani and his company, Birding and Educational Tours Rwanda, which runs many different tours experiences. 

Living in Kigali is a website is full of helpful tips about the different neighbourhoods in Kigali.

For all COVID-19 related information, see Rwanda Biomedical Centre’s website. 

Our conferences are organised as ‘community events’ that seek to be congruent with the key principles of narrative practice. Some of our aims include:

  • To provide high quality presentations on the latest thinking and application of narrative ideas and to do so in ways that enable people of differing experience to be both engaged and challenged
  • To enable people of different cultures, countries, genders, ages, class backgrounds, physical abilities, and sexual identities to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and have a sense that the conference program and processes include their perspectives, hopes, and ideas
  • To use the conference as a chance to acknowledge and come to terms with the history of the land on which it is held
  • To create an atmosphere that is non-hierarchical, with no pronounced difference between presenters and participants
  • To provide a forum for conversations that are expanding the field (not confirming it or simply reiterating what is already known).

This conference is being hosted by Dulwich Centre Foundation. 

We have put together a document responding to your frequently asked questions, which you can download here.

Disclaimer

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