Decolonising Identity Stories by Tileah Drahm-Butler

This presentation 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.

Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Durrumbal woman who lives and works in Kuranda, in Far North Queensland.  Tileah is a Social Worker in a hospital setting, currently working in Emergency Department and Intensive Care Units. She completed the Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work in 2014 and is passionate about finding ways to describe Narrative Therapy practices in ways that are culturally resonant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Furthermore, in the work that Tileah does, she continues to learn alongside the people who she meets to create and re-create narrative practices that are culturally resonate, and that are shaped by cultural and spiritual practices.

For more information

Aboriginal narrative practice: Honouring Storylines of price, strength and creativity
by Barbara Wingard, Carolynanha Johnson and Tileah Drahm-Butler

Published on November 27, 2015

This Post Has 24 Comments

  1. Lynda Shevellar

    Thank you Tileah for this beautiful warm presentation. I loved your framing of narrative practice as a spiritual practice. I am particularly grateful for your problematising of wellbeing – and the resulting invitation to people to define what wellbeing might mean for them. There is so much richness here to reflect on further. Thank you for your generosity in sharing these ideas.
    Warmly, Lynda Shevellar

  2. Mercy Shumbamhini

    I am Mercy Shumbamhini from Harare, Zimbabwe. I have enjoyed the articles on collaboration and accountability in this chapter. I was touched by June’s experience with outsider witness retellings. I have used collaboration and accountability in my work with children and their families and with widows. What I found helpful in this work is the use of the bottom up and non-blaming approaches. I can say that this is not all that easy, it requires an on-going personal reflection and receiving feedback practices from the people who consult with me. I would like to continue learning with the people whom I meet to co-create narrative practices and ideas that respect their knowledges, skills and ways of life that they prefer.

  3. Pat

    Thank you Tileah! I love your language and you make it so accessible. The “Strong Story” will stay with me forever. You make it possible for me to imagine a day when the indigenous people of the Americas will also experience such profound respect for their knowledges and ways of life.

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