We’re really happy with how this series of zoom meetings with narrative practice authors is bringing people together from different parts of the world at this time! These are being hosted by Dulwich Centre Foundation, the University of Melbourne and Evanston Family Therapy Center (USA).

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Upcoming meetings

24 November: Peer narrative work in mental health – Hamilton Kennedy (Australia) and Claver Haragirimana (Rwanda)

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler. Joseph Kalisa and David Denborough will also be hosts.

To prepare for this meeting please read the following articles:

And watch the below Friday Afternoon Video with Hamilton

And then bring your questions for Hamilton and Claver! Thanks.

The meeting will take place for one hour at the following time:

Adelaide – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 4:30 pm
Brisbane – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 4 pm
Wellington – Tuesday, 24 November at 7 pm
Beijing – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 2 pm
Hong Kong – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 2 pm
Tokyo – Tuesday, 24  November 2020 at 3 pm
Kigali – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 8 am
Johannesburg – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 8 am
London – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 6 am
Paris – Tuesday, 24 November 2020 at 7 am

Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://unimelb.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIld–pqDwpGtBV8WrX4limDpaMVAO1T5PM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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3 November: Lúcia Helena Assis Abdalla (Brazil)

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare for this meeting please read Lucia’s article Teenagers and the COVID-19 pandemic

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27 October: Adelite Mukamana & Chaste Uwihoreye

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Joseph Kalisa will be available for extra questions and reflections.  

To prepare for this meeting please read the interviewSurvivors supporting survivors by Adelite and the interview ‘Broadcasting hope and local knowledge during the pandemic lockdown in Rwanda’ by Chaste.

And then bring your questions for the team!

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20 October: Angel Yuen (Canada)

Tuesday 20th October

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare to meet with Angel please listen to this podcast: https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/podcast/co-discovering-hope-with-children-facing-hardships AND/OR read these writings by Angel from her book Pathways beyond despair: Re-Authoring the lives of young people through narrative therapy

And then bring your questions for Angel!

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13 October: Meet the authors of the new book ‘Intersecting stories: Narrative therapy reflections on gender, culture and justice’. Featuring authors Jill Faulkner, Alyssha Fooks, Renee Handsaker and Simangaliso Brenda Nyoni and facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler

Tuesday 13th October

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Carolyn Markey and Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett will offer reflections.

To prepare for this session,

Please watch the video by Alyssha and Simangaliso entitled: Intersectional Conversations: Responding to racism and addressing white privilege

and the video by Renee Handsaker: Using Narrative Approaches within Restorative Justice Conferencing

 

And read the chapter by Jill Faulkner Responding to women in prison who have used interpersonal violence: a narrative approach disrupting binaries’

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6 October: Rosie Maeder and Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett (Australia)

Tuesday 6th October

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare to meet with Rosie and Sekneh, please watch Rosie’s video:

 

Queer invitations: Narrative Practice with Queer young people and their loved ones

and read Sekneh’s paper ‘Azima ila Hayati – An invitation in to my life: Narrative conversations about sexual identity’.

And then bring your questions for Rosie and Sekneh!

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29 September: Taimalie Kiwi Tamasese and Charles Waldegrave (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Tuesday 29th September

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

To prepare to meet with Taimalie and Charles, please read their papers/interviews:

Pasifika Cultural Strengths and Prevention of Suicide

And then bring your questions for Taimalie & Charles!

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22 September: Renee Handsaker (Australia)

Using Narrative Approaches within Restorative Justice Conferencing

Tuesday 22nd September

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare to meet with Renee, please watch her video Using Narrative Approaches within Restorative Justice Conferencing

And then bring your questions for Renee!

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15 September: Sabine Vermeire (Belgium)

Playing with roles and positions in narrative conversations with children who have experienced trauma by Sabine Vermeire

Tuesday 15th September

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler. Carolyn Markey will be offering reflections.

To prepare for meeting with Sabine please watch her video:

And read her article What if … I were a king? Playing with roles and positions in narrative conversations with children who have experienced trauma

And then bring your questions for Sabine!

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8 September: David Newman (Australia) and Ruth Pluznick (Canada)

Ways of talking with young people about suicidal thoughts

Tuesday 8th September

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare to meet with David and Ruth, please read the paper ‘How we deal with way out thoughts: A living document’

And then bring your questions for David and Ruth!

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1 September: Tileah Drahm-Butler (Australia)

De-colonising identity stories: Aboriginal narrative practice

Tuesday 1st September

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

Tileah Drahm-Butler is an Aboriginal woman of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations of Queensland, Australia and lives in Cairns, North Queensland. Tileah is a social worker with a Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Tileah works in the emergency department of a busy regional hospital and is on the Dulwich Centre International Teaching Faculty where she leads the teaching of narrative therapy and community work through an Aboriginal lens in Australia and internationally. Tileah has also been appointed as Co-chair of Feminisms, Intersectionality and Narrative Practice at Dulwich Centre.

This meeting will be facilitated by Joseph Kalisa (Rwanda). The First Nations All Stars from current Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work will also be present.

To prepare for meeting with Tileah please watch the following video

And read this chapter from Aboriginal Narrative Practice: Honouring storylines of pride, strength and creativity

And then bring your questions for Tileah!

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25 August: Chris Dolman (Adelaide)

Re-contextualising conversations and rich story development

Tuesday 25th August

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman and Carolyn Markey will offer reflections.

To prepare to meet with Chris, please watch read this paper:  Re-contextualising conversations and rich story development.

In contrast to more common understandings circulating in contemporary Western culture that de-contextualise the problems experienced by people and tether them to their bodies and beings, this paper describes a number of narrative practices that contribute to the rich description of the context in which problems emerge in a person’s life. Therapeutic practices of double story development that provide a foundation for these re-contextualising conversations are also  described.

And then bring your questions!

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18 August: Carolyn Markey (Australia)

Using narrative ideas to support families where a loved father has been violent

Tuesday 18th August

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler. Chris Dolman will be offering reflections.

To prepare for meeting with Carolyn please watch the following video:

And then bring your questions for Carolyn!

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11 August: Hamilton Kennedy (Australia)

Peer Narrative Practice: Learning Together and Working Side by Side

Tuesday 11th August

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare to meet with Hamilton, please watch the following video

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. It follows Hamilton’s experiencing of implementing peer narrative practice with people like Hamilton, that is young people who have been admitted, often forcibly, to psychiatric hospital.

And read the following two papers:

And then bring your questions!

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4 August: Beata Mukarusanga (Rwanda) and Serge Nyirinkwaya (Rwanda)

Rwandan narrative practice innovations

Tuesday 4th August

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler. Lou Harms from the University of Melbourne will offer reflections.

To prepare for meeting with Serge and Beata please watch these two videos:

Responding to School Difficulties: The Garden Metaphor

Enabling sparks to emerge: Games, activities and narrative practice

And then bring your questions for Beata and Serge!

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28 July: Vikki Reynolds (Canada)

Trauma and resistance

Tuesday 28th July

9:30am Adelaide time

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare for meet with Vikki, please watch the following video

This video relates to Vikki discussing the following article: Reynolds, V. (2020), Trauma and resistance: ‘hang time’ and other innovative responses to oppression, violence and suffering. Journal of Family Therapy. doi:10.1111/1467-6427.12293 

And then bring your questions!

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21 July: Turkish narrative family therapist Mehmet Dinc

‘A guidebook by children for adults about what to do in lockdown’ and more …

Tuesday 21st July

4:30pm Adelaide time

This one hour zoom session is a chance to discuss with Mehmet Dinc two recent projects, both of which honour the knowledge, skills and stories of children:

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Carolyn Markey will be offering reflections. 

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14 July: Lorraine Hedtke (USA)

Narrative responses to grief and loss  

Tuesday 14th July

9:30am Adelaide time

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

To prepare for meet with Lorraine, please watch three short videos:

And then bring your questions!

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Loretta Pederson (Australia)

Utilising narrative ideas when meeting with people experiencing suicidal thoughts

Tuesday 30th June
9:30am Adelaide time

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman will offer reflections.

In this presentation Loretta considers ways that we can utilise narrative ideas when meeting with people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Practitioners are invited to enter the experience of the people we meet with, in a way that is supportive and sustaining for all involved.

To prepare for meet with Loretta, please watch her video:

 

On the day of this meet the author we learnt that Dulwich Centre Foundation was successful with a grant application in relation to creating a web-based resource in relation to suicidal thoughts and grief in relation to suicide. Stay tuned for more information!  

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Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo  (South Africa)

23 June 4:30pm (Adelaide time)

The Suitcase Project – and working with vulnerable children and young people 

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

To prepare for meeting with Ncazelo please watch this video: 

 

And read this short editorial

And then bring your questions for Ncazelo! 

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Angel Yuen (Canada)

Pathways beyond despair when working with children and young people

Tuesday 16th June 
9:30am Adelaide time 

This meeting was facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

Jill Freedman offered reflections.

To prepare for meet with Angel Yuen  participants listened to this podcast:

AND/OR read these writings by Angel from her book Pathways beyond despair.

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Mark Hayward (UK)
Assisting people to take their own position: Externalising conversations 
Tuesday 9 June 4:30pm (Adelaide time) 

 This ‘meet the author’ session was a chance to discuss ways of using externalising conversations to enable people to take their own position in relation to problems they are experiencing.

Before joining this meeting, people first watched Mark’s very popular video here:

 

In this video, Mark Hayward takes us through Michael White’s Statement of Position Map 1 and how these enable externalising conversations. Within this presentation Mark will also invite you to chart an externalising conversation. Included below are a number of related documents and a PowerPoint presentation to accompany this DVD.  A transcript of Mark’s video is available here.

Please download the following interactive documents!

Further reading (free to download)

Externalising: Commonly asked questions

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Makungu Akinyela 
Tuesday 2nd June 9:30am (Adelaide time)

Due to unexpected events, we changed this session and were able to host Makungu Akinyela for this Meet the Author. Makungu Akinyela is a very experienced therapist, teacher, author, priest and social activist. He is the reason that one of the International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conferences was held at Spelman College – an African American women’s college – in Atlanta. It was a profound opportunity to hear from him at this time.
The meeting was, as always be hosted by Aboriginal narrative practitioner, Tileah Drahm-Butler from Dulwich Centre. Jill Freedman from Evanston Family Therapy Center was also on the zoom. And David Denborough was in the chat room.  

Here is Makungu’s paper: Decolonising our lives: Divining a post-colonial therapy by Makungu Akinyela

And here is the full publication of Reclaiming our stories, reclaiming our lives This is the write up of the first Narrative Community Gathering in 1995 … which involved all Aboriginal families in South Australia who had lost a member to a death in custody. 

This was a highly influential project. 

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Narrative therapy via telephone and online
Ryo Lumsden (Japan) & Michael Cheng (Hong Kong)

This ‘meet the author’ session is a chance to discuss ways of using narrative therapy in telephone counselling and other online forms. As we know, during this time of the pandemic so many of us are adapting our practice as meeting face-to-face is not possible in the ways it once was. This brings dilemmas, difficulties but also possibilities. 

If you would like to join this meeting, please first watch Ryo’s video: Narrative Approaches for a Domestic Abuse Hotline 

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. Examples are drawn from experiences in Japan and highlight certain aspects of Japanese culture. However, the focus is on the applicability of narrative techniques to counseling in a single telephone conversation.

Using Narrative practice online
by Michael Cheng (Hong Kong) 

Please also read this paper by Michael Cheng 

Resources 

Resources shared during this meet the author with Ryo Lumsden and Michael Cheng included:

The work of Lucia Helena Abdalla and Recycling Minds in Brazil that inolves facilitating collective conversations online during the pandemic using narrative can be found here ‘Thinking collectively about a collective problem’ 

The work of other narrative therapists – including Chaste Uwihoreye, Daniela Schon and Cassandra Taylor – about how they are using narrative practices via phone, online, WhatsApp, and via TV and radio  can be found here Getting creative with technology.

I will post a number of resources about narrative practice and responding to suicidal thoughts and suicide very soon as we will make that the theme of an upcoming ‘Meet the author’. 

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Meet the author – Jill Freedman (USA)
Working with loss beyond re-membering

Tuesday May 19th 9:30am (Adelaide time)

If you would like to join this meeting, please first watch Jill’s video:

Welcome to this Friday Afternoon discussion with Jill Freedman. This afternoon we welcome you into Jill’s kitchen in Evanston, USA! After a quick introduction from Lily Freedman (thanks Lily!), Jill offers a wide range of suggestions about different narrative responses to loss.

We thought this was an appropriate follow-up to last month’s discussion about re-membering conversations. While Jill treasures re-membering conversations, in this presentation she offers a range of supplementary ideas about ways of using narrative practices with those who are grieving.

You might like to download Jill’s notes and refer to these as you are watching the video presentation: Working with loss: Beyond re-membering by Jill Freedman

Resources 

Resources shared during this meet the author with Jill Freedman included:

A range of narrative responses to the pandemic can be found here.

Sustaining hope – collective document compiled by Jill Freedman and Gene Combs 

Responding to those surviving the unchosen loss of love by Lauren Jones

Elders knowledge project – A current project in relation to documenting and sharing Elders stories of endurance 

Holding our heads up: Sharing stories not stigma after losing a loved one to suicide by Marnie Sather and David Newman 

Responding to racism in the time of the pandemic 

This collective narrative project involved sharing stories between Aboriginal communities who were experiencing ‘too many losses’. 

What a great session! Thanks everyone.