Welcome to this journal issue which contains papers relating to work in Singapore, Australia, Burundi, Israel, Wales, USA, Canada and Palestine. It’s a diverse collection!
Grace Drahm explores her efforts as a non-Aboriginal worker to work in decolonising ways in Aboriginal communities including the collaborative creation of narrative storybooks.
Clement Yee describes an innovative approach developed in Singapore for working with young people who have been referred to social services by police or the legal system.
Grant Ryan introduces dialectical narrative inquiry – a therapeutic approach that incorporates phenomenology and narrative inquiry to elicit double-storied accounts of people’s lives.
Leanne Hyndman, an Australian school counsellor, reflects on two discourses – resilience and trauma – and how being more aware of these discourses and their effects helps her shape her work with children in group settings and individual conversations.
Carlin Moxley Haegert, Marcel Rachid and Linda Moxley-Haegert tell the story of narrative community work in Burundi with orphaned children and teaching narrative practices to their caregivers.
And Chana Rachel Frumin shares her work with people who have lost the will to live.
Those six papers are then followed by two very different interviews.
Anthony Corballis interviews Johann Hari about the opioid crisis and ways of responding to anxiety and depression.
And Dr Rita Giacaman, from the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, Palestine, speaks about researching suffering, subjugated knowledge and practices of health.
We hope you enjoy this diverse collection. Thank you for your continued interest in narrative practice.
‘Towards a decolonising practice: A non-Aboriginal worker finding meaningful ways to work in an Aboriginal context’, Grace Drahm. (Pages 1-9).
‘The narrative docket: Facilitating narrative practices with involuntarily referred adolescents’, Clement Yee. (Pages 10-20).
‘The dialectical narrative inquiry: Responses to Ambivalence and Insensitivity’, Grant Thomas Ryan. (Pages 21-35).
‘Resilience and Trauma: Between two discourses’, Leanne Hyndman. (Pages 36-39).
‘Narrative community work in Burundi, Africa: Working with orphaned children and teaching narrative practices to their caregivers’, Carlin Moxley Haegert, Marcel Rachid, Linda Moxley-Haegert. (Pages 40-52).
‘Working with people who have lost the Will to live: Following sudden loss, violence and acute trauma’, Chana Rachel Frumin. (Pages 53-60).
‘Johan Hari discusses the opioid crisis and ways of responding to anxiety and depression’, Anthony Corballis. (Pages 61-69 ).
‘Researching suffering, subjugated knowledge and practices of health: An interview with Rita Giacaman’, Rita Giacaman and David Denborough. (Pages 70-75).
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We would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which Dulwich Centre stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders of the Kaurna Nation, both past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders.