These weekly Meet the Author zoom meetings with narrative practice authors brought people together during 2020 from different parts of the world. This meant a great deal to us during the pandemic. As the pandemic continues, so too do these Meet the Author events! We are now looking forward to the 2021 season! These are being hosted by Dulwich Centre Foundation, the University of Melbourne and Evanston Family Therapy Center (USA).

Upcoming meetings:

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Jill Freedman will be offering reflections.

Fostering believed-in-hope is hard, intentional work. Discerning believed-in-hope from optimism and positivity is important in order to maintain an ethical stance for justice-doing.

Vikki Reynolds is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege.

Riel Dupuis-Rossi is a Two Spirit therapist of Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, Algonquin and Italian descent. Riel grew up in their traditional territories, off reserve in Hamilton, ON and Montreal, QC. Riel has been providing decolonizing and culturally-centered Indigenous trauma therapy to Indigenous adults in the unceded Homelands of the Coast Salish Nations since 2011.

Travis Heath is an adopted, cisgender man from United States of America of mixed racial background (birth father was Pardo, from Brazil, and birth mother of German and Polish descent). Travis works as a psychologist and professor in Denver, Colorado. Travis has a therapy practice that operates on a radical sliding fee scale, and he works with many people on the margins.

Please read the recent paper by Vikki Reynolds, Riel Dupuis-Rossi & Travis Heath which can be downloaded here.

And then bring your questions to ask the authors!

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

Adelaide – Tuesday 3 August, at 9:30 am
Singapore – Tuesday 3 August, at 8:00 am
Beijing – Tuesday 3 August, at 8:00 am
Hong Kong – Tuesday 3 August, 8:00 am
Auckland – Tuesday 3 August, at 12:00 pm
Vancouver – Monday 2 August, at 5:00 pm
Los Angeles – Monday 2 August, at 5:00 pm
Chicago – Monday 2 August, at 7:00 pm
Atlanta – Monday 2 August, at 8:00 pm
Toronto – Monday 2 August, at 8:00 pm
Santiago – Monday 2 August, at 8:00 pm
Rio de Janeiro – Monday 2 August, at 9:00 pm

Register in advance for this meeting: https://unimelb.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqde2rpjwjGdCAquCODjDngLnsArhC71RE

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

These events are organised by Dulwich Centre, Evanston Family Therapy Center and University of Melbourne. They are free, not recorded, and go for one hour.

Previous meetings:

The next Meet the Author session features Beata Mukarusanga & Serge Nyirinkwaya

Responding to School Difficulties: The Garden Metaphor & Games, activities and narrative practice

This meeting will be facilitated by Joseph Kalisa.

We look forward to this special Meet the Author event with two authors! Beata Mukarusanga & Serge Nyirinkwaya work with SOS Children’s Villages in Rwanda.

Inspired by the folk cultural methodologies developed by narrative practitioners, such as the Tree of Life and Team of Life, Beata Mukarusanga describes the use of gardening metaphors in work with adults and young people in Rwanda.

While Serge Nyirinkwaya describes a playful practice to assist children and young people who have experienced hard times to respond to traumatic memories from a safe territory, without requiring them to speak in the first person about their experiences. Games and other activities are used to create a shared experience in which young people employ skills and values. These experiences are used as the basis for a cycle of experiential learning in which children reflect on their experiences and make links with their pasts and futures to support alternative story development and rich acknowledgment of what they give value to and their skills of living and being.

To prepare for these meetings, please read Serge and Beata’s articles The garden metaphor and Games, activities and narrative practice: Enabling sparks to emerge in conversations with children and young people who have experienced hard times and watch Serge and Beata’s videos below

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Joseph Kalisa will be offering reflections.

Anthony Newcastle is a descendant of the Tjingali in central Northern Territory and Mutijebin around the coast west from Darwin. Originally from Darwin, Anthony has worked in community development and theatre right through the Northern Territory, through Queensland and remote communities too. Anthony is a graduate of the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work and is currently undertaking a PhD in relation to Indigenous masculinities and redistributing social and emotional power.

The paper to read for this session describes work among a group of Aboriginal men who meet regularly in Brisbane. It interweaves stories of individual therapeutic conversations, the development of a community group called Didgeri, which connects people to culture and to each other, and the creation of a social action project to reduce the shame and silence experienced by Aboriginal men who were subjected to sexual abuse in childhood. It explores how narrative therapy ideas have informed this work.

To prepare for this session, read Anthony’s article, Didgeri, individual therapeutic conversations and No More Silence, and watch the following two videos:

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Jill Freedman will be offering reflections.

Ian Percy offers ways of conceptualising mindfulness that includes, and diverges from, prevailing discourses and practices. While mindfulness can be thought of as a moment-to-moment non-evaluative or nonjudgmental practice, it is also associated with remembering, imagination and ethics in Buddhist traditions. Various purposes and practices of mindfulness are relevant for therapeutic meetings. 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.

Ian Percy is a senior therapist, supervisor, consultant, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. 

To prepare for this meeting, please watch the following video:

 

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations).

Adelite Mukamana was in her early twenties when, as a newly qualified psychologist, she found herself in the position of coordinating a team of equally young and inexperienced colleagues to support survivors of the Genocide Against the Tutsi. In this interview, Adelite describes the process of finding solutions for complex challenges through necessity, and the steps she and her team developed in order to more effectively support those they worked for and with during these profoundly difficult times.

Joseph Kalisa is a younger Rwandan practitioner, a representative of the next generation, who is exploring the intergenerational transmission of survival skills and resistance in Rwanda – a second storyline in relation to what is often described as ‘intergenerational trauma’.

Both Adelite and Joseph are involved in the narrative practice community in Rwanda.

To prepare for this session, please read Adelite’s article Survivors Supporting Survivors (also linked above) and watch Joseph’s video below

9:30am (Adelaide time)

You are invited to this special ‘tribute’ event for John Winslade. As John will be stepping aside from teaching and public professional appearances because of his physical health, this one hour zoom event is an opportunity to acknowledge John’s diverse and profound contributions to the field of narrative therapy and community work. As John is also a dedicated sports enthusiast, this event is inspired by tribute matches in rugby or cricket. In Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand these events are a way of showing respect, honouring and celebrating all that the sports person has offered, both at home and internationally. There are different types of tribute matches. In some situations, the person being celebrated doesn’t have to join the actual game but sits comfortably in the stands … it is a moment of real acknowledgement.   

People from around the globe will either be speaking in person or sending short video recordings to be played at this event. The event is being hosted by Dulwich Centre and Evanston Family Therapy Center. We hope you will join us! 

John’s work has been influential in many realms: narrative counselling in schools, narrative mediation, restorative justice, multicultural counselling and more! He has also been an influential teacher, editor, mentor and supervisor. 

If you are not already familiar with John’s work we have included two videos below and two papers: 

Here is a compilation of clips of John’s teaching, especially compiled for this event by the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. [Please note, in some of the workshops featured, John was co-teaching or on a panel with Todd May, Lorraine Hedtke or Stephen Madigan, but the footage has been edited to just focus on John]. 

Here is a video of John speaking about narrative mediation:

Please read and/or watch these and come prepared to share your written reflections in the text about them. You are also most welcome to send us any written testimonies of the influence of John’s ideas in your work to dcp@dulwichcentre.com.au ahead of this meeting. We can then share these with John either during or after the event. Thanks!

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Joseph Kalisa will be offering reflections.

Lani Castan is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, who works with children and families. She trained as a child-centred play therapist in Perth, Australia, which she completed in 2016 and completed a Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work through the Dulwich Centre, in 2019. Lani currently works in schools across the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, using both narrative and play therapy, seeing primary school aged children and their families.

To prepare for this meeting, please read Lani’s article Child-centred play therapy and narrative therapy: Consilience and synthesis and watch the video below

 

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Jill Freedman will be offering reflections.

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. The program invites different perspectives on problem stories, and offers walking as a narrative metaphor. In this video Chris outlines his own hopes for the future development of Narrative Walks as a program transferable to many people and lands.

Chris Darmody has spent a large part of the past fifteen years working with young people and currently works in private practice in Perth, Western Australia. Chris is the founder of Embark, a service which develops and runs a number of therapeutic programs held outdoors in an attempt to address issues of power, connect people to their environments and engage with populations which may not engage with indoor therapy.

To prepare for this meeting, please watch Chris’ video below

Tuesday 1st June

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Joseph Kalisa will be offering reflections.

Carolyn Markey has considerable experience and great interest in counselling children, young people, and their families or caregivers in relation to a broad range of problems that are affecting their lives. Carolyn has particular experience in the areas of family separation, effects of violence and abuse, school-related difficulties, and working with people affected by concerns about anxiety or depression. She is a key member of the Dulwich Centre faculty.

Earlier this year Carolyn contributed to the development of a series of e-learning courses around the theme of ‘Engaging Children’, produced by Emerging Minds. This ‘meet the author’ session will focus on practices for enabling children to describe problems in their own terms and in ways that are meaningful and useful for them.

The following videos provide you with the opportunity to view video practice demonstrations of Carolyn and another practitioner, Jamie Lee, working with child and parent actors, as well as the practitioners and child actors reflecting on the demonstrations.

Practice demonstration

Reflection on practice

These videos are from Emerging Minds’ Engaging Children: Shrinking problems free e-learning course (see https://emergingminds.com.au/online-course/engaging-children-shrinking-problems/ ), Module 3 ‘Calling it what it is’. In addition to these videos the module includes interviews with other practitioners, reflection questions and an opportunity to submit your own comments for inclusion in the course.

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Joseph Kalisa (Rwanda) will be offering reflections.

Loretta Pederson is an Australian narrative practitioner who works on the lands of the Dharug and Eora nations in Sydney. She completed the Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work in 2014, and since that time has been working for Dulwich Centre as a tutor and teacher. Loretta has worked for many years in non-government organisations, offering counselling and supervision, and also is in private practice. Loretta has long had a passion for working with women who have survived physical and sexual assault. After reading the attached article, come along with your questions and also hear about where this work has gone in recent years – including deconstructing tactics of power in workplace sexual harassment and assault, and working with men who have been subjected to assault by religious leaders.

To prepare for this meeting, please review Loretta’s article: Sharing sadness and finding small pieces of justice: acts of resistance and acts of reclaiming in working with women who’ve been subjected to abuse

The next Meet the Author session features Kelsi Semeschuk

Learnings from Michael White’s video archive and some reflections on the practice of ‘critique’   

Tuesday 11th May

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Jill Freedman will be offering reflections.

Kelsi Semeschuk (she/her) is a Canadian who lives and works on Kaurna Land, in Adelaide, South Australia. Kelsi completed the Masters of Narrative Therapy and Community Work (MNTCW)  in 2018 and has been a tutor for the program ever since. Kelsi is also currently completing a PhD through the University of Melbourne on Michael White’s video archive, which features video-recordings from his therapeutic and teaching work. The focus of her research is on how Michael White responded to people with experiences of abuse and Kelsi is endeavouring to link these learnings to the therapeutic work of current narrative practitioners in the field. 

To prepare for this meeting, please read Kelsi’s article ‘Refusing to separate critique from respect’ and watch her video below:

The next Meet the Author session features Ian Maund

Using the Soundtrack of Your Life to engage with young people

Tuesday 4th May

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Joseph Kalisa (Rwanda) will be offering reflections.

Ian (wakunwakun) is a Waribarra man from Far North Queensland Australia. Ian lives in Brisbane and works at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NGO based in the Northern suburbs of Brisbane. Within his work with young people involved with or at risk of entering into the youth justice system, he has developed the Soundtrack of Your Life Narrative Therapy methodology.  

To prepare for this meeting, please watch Ian’s video:

The next Meet the Author session features Cathy Richardson

What is healing and from what are we needing to heal: A journey of healing from cancer

Tuesday 27th April

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Jill Freedman will be offering reflections.

Cathy Richardon/Kinewesquao is a Métis scholar and current Director of First Peoples Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. In this session, Cathy will be responding to questions about two chapters from her recent book, Facing the Mountain: Indigenous Healing in the Shadow of Colonialism.

To prepare for this meeting, please read the following two chapters:

And then bring your questions for Cathy!

The next Meet the Author session features David Newman

‘Dictionary of Obscure Experiences’ & placing anxiety and depression in context

Tuesday 20th April

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Joseph Kalisa (Rwanda) will be offering reflections.

This Meet the Author is with narrative therapist David Newman and his work with young people experiencing significant mental health struggles. To prepare for this discussion, please read the following two pieces. One is an earlier paper ‘Using narrative practices with anxiety and depression’ and the other is the current version of ‘A Dictionary of Obscure Experiences’ generated from the lived wisdom of young people.

The next Meet the Author session features Lúcia Helena Abdalla

Narrative responses to the pandemic in Brazil

Tuesday 13th April

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Jill Freedman will be offering reflections.

As the pandemic continues to ravage Brazil, narrative practitioners are seeking to respond in creative and thoughtful ways. Please read the following three pieces by Lúcia Helena Abdalla and Recycling Minds and then bring your questions to ask Lúcia!

 

The next Meet the Author session features Marnie Sather

Illuminating skills and knowledges of women who have lost a male partner to suicide: A feminist insider narrative practice research project

Tuesday 30th March

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations). Jill Freedman will be offering reflections.

Marnie has just submitted her PhD thesis about her feminist insider research! For this Meet the Author, please watch the below seminar Marnie recently gave and bring your questions!

The next Meet the Author session features Mehmet Dinc

4 collective projects from Turkish narrative practitioner Mehmet Dinc

Tuesday 23rd March

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations).

This one hour zoom session is a chance to discuss with Mehmet Dinc four recent collective projects. Please view these all prior to attending the session:

And then bring your questions for Mehmet!

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

Adelaide – Tuesday, 23 March at 4:30 pm
Brisbane – Tuesday, 23 March at 4 pm
Wellington – Tuesday, 23 March at 7 pm
Beijing – Tuesday, 23 March at 2 pm
Hong Kong – Tuesday, 23 March at 2 pm
Tokyo – Tuesday, 23 March at 3 pm
Kigali – Tuesday, 23 March at 8 am
Johannesburg – Tuesday, 23 March at 8 am
London – Tuesday, 23 March at 6 am
Paris – Tuesday, 23 March at 7 am

9:30am (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). Jill Freedman (United States) will be offering reflections.

To prepare for this Meet the Author, please read this chapter by Tileah from the book Aboriginal Narrative Practice: Honouring Storylines of Pride, Strength and Creativity, Tileah’s Friday Afternoon Video and the below video with Zan Maeder and Tileah about decolonising gender and sexuality.

And then bring your questions for Tileah!

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

Jill Faulkner comes from Aotearoa (NZ); however, she has lived more of her life on Aboriginal lands than on her own grandfather’s country. She has worked with children, families and communities for more than 30 years. Jill’s thinking and work are shaped by the multiple relationships and storied journeys that she has travelled alongside these folks. Jill is a grassroots worker committed to supporting space for people to engage in healing of past hurts and to work for systemic and structural reform.

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations).

To prepare for this meeting, please read this chapter by Jill Faulkner Responding to women in prison who have used interpersonal violence: a narrative approach disrupting binaries’

This chapter was recently published in the book Intersecting Stories: Narrative therapy reflections on gender, culture and justice

And then bring your questions for Jill!

9:30am (Adelaide time)

David Newman, a narrative therapist, generates and shares ‘living documents’ created from the words of young people at a youth in-patient mental health unit.

To prepare for this Meet the Author, please read David’s article: Explorations with the written word in an inpatient mental health unit for young people

And the resource The things to get you through – Young people’s tips.

And then bring your questions for David!

Your host will be Tileah Drahm-Butler. Jill Freedman will also be offering reflections.

4:30pm (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler (of the Darumbal/Kulilli and Wanyurr Majay Yidinji Nations).

The next Meet the Author session is a chance to talk with Zan from Rad Counselling (https://www.radcounselling.com.au/) about their work with queer young people and their loved ones.

Please watch Zan/Rosie’s video

Read their article Queer Invitations: Fostering connection between queer young people and their loved ones and have a look at this thoughtful resource: Talking about pronouns and gendered language

9:30am (Adelaide time)

This meeting will be facilitated by Tileah Drahm-Butler.

“At the time I had this conversation with Michael White I was part of the group that produced the American Family Therapy Academy newsletter. We had created a series of questions to ask a number of prominent family therapists. Luckily Michael was happy to use these questions as a starting point for a conversation, rather than as a limitation for what we might talk about. This is a portion of that interview. It gives me great pleasure to revisit it. I hope you too enjoy it.” Jill Freedman

To prepare for this meeting please watch this video recording of Jill Freedman interviewing Michael White: