In this Friday afternoon video, Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin briefly introduces some of the theoretical shifts, in the historically structuralist field of sciences, which now make possible some exchanges with narrative therapy. The evolution of these fields and their areas of research, can enrich narrative practices especially when addressing the intensity of affective experiences. Paying attention to the intensity of affective experiences allows us to better help people who may be overtaken by anger, rage, despair or anxiety, which may highjack their responses to situations in spite of great commitments to their preferred identity. This video offers a taste of concrete practices that may emerge from paying attention to this affective dimension. Using examples from her work, Marie-Nathalie offers ideas to bring forth more intense versions of preferred selves and increase the likelihood that these richly embodied experiences become sustainable in the unique context of people’s lives.
Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin directs a 9-month narrative therapy training program in California where she works with children, adults, families, and school communities. In this presentation, she brings together fields that have influenced her life and her work for the last 30 years. Marie-Nathalie deeply cherishes nature, and values being a wife, mother, activist, consultant, and compassionate practitioner.