2018: Issue 4

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Dear Reader,

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.

Warmly,
Cheryl

Contents

‘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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  • Towards a decolonising practice: A non-Aboriginal worker finding meaningful ways to work in an Aboriginal context— Grace Drahm

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    This paper describes the development of a decolonising therapeutic practice for working with young people and their families in Aboriginal communities. It shows how different maps of narrative practice have been used to support Aboriginal young people and their families to develop storybooks as therapeutic documents that centre and honour their knowledges and worldviews.

  • The narrative docket: Facilitating narrative practices with involuntarily referred adolescents— Clement Yee

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    This paper introduces the ‘narrative docket’, an innovation developed for work with adolescents who have been referred to social services by police or the legal system. The paper details the three components of the narrative docket, and demonstrates their application with a young person, Aiai1, in a time-limited case management program. The ideas underpinning the narrative docket include collective narrative practice, externalising problems, outsider witnessing, re-authoring and counter documentation.

  • The dialectical narrative inquiry: Responses to Ambivalence and Insensitivity— Grant Thomas Ryan

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    This paper describes the application of the dialectical narrative inquiry, a therapeutic approach that incorporates phenomenology and narrative inquiry within narrative practices in order to elicit double-storied accounts of people’s lives. I describe this approach through my work with Sarah, a 28-year-old university student who had been experiencing difficulties in her interpersonal relationships. Sarah and I were able to develop her personal dialectic, chart her landscapes through re-authoring questions, and clarify her positions regarding her problematic and preferred responses to experiences of ‘Ambivalence and Insensitivity’. Through the use of macro-scaffolding over subsequent sessions, Sarah and I were able to identify her personal values and her hopes and intentions for the future. We also identified specific barriers to enacting these preferences, and personal skills and knowledges that she would be able to draw on in order to move towards her hopes and intentions for the future.

  • Resilience and Trauma: Between two discourses— Leanne Hyndman

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    This paper reflects on two discourses – resilience and trauma – and how being more aware of these discourses and their effects helps me shape my work with children in group settings and individual conversations.

  • Narrative community work in Burundi, Africa: Working with orphaned children and teaching narrative practices to their caregivers— Carlin Moxley Haegert, Marcel Rachid and Linda Moxley-Haegert

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    In this paper, we describe a project to support children from Burundi, Africa, who were orphaned by the civil war (1993 to 2003), or by poverty and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We present our experiences of offering training in collective narrative practices to caregivers and volunteers and providing therapy for the children, and we share our plans for the future. Our hope is to inspire others to do similar work in developing countries and to inform them of some of the possible pitfalls. Although we outline many of the heartbreaking realities of life for these children, our hope is that this paper also highlights how narrative practices can be used to help such children find moments of hope in their lives.

  • Working with people who have lost the Will to live: Following sudden loss, violence and acute or childhood trauma— Chana Rachel Frumin

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    This article explores and researches the experience we could call ‘losing the Will to live’. It is based on narrative conversations the author conducted with a group of 10 clients during the years of 2008-2018 as a practicing narrative counsellor in Jerusalem. These conversations were to give space for the stories of these women to be heard and to discover their personal, expert knowledge on this topic, especially in contrast to cultural attitudes that often influence the way people relate to it. The author’s role was sensitively co-researching both the experience itself and the approaches people use to deal with it and find support ‒ inside and outside of formal therapy. Many of the original perspectives, insights and skills these women shared are presented in this article. The intention of the quotes and poems you will read here is to place their language and their experience at the centre of the research.

  • Johann Hari discusses the opioid crisis and ways of responding to anxiety and depression— Anthony Corballis

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    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing journalist, Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections (2018) and Chasing the Scream (2015a), and presenter of the Ted Talk ‘Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong’ (2015b). This was incredibly exciting for me, because many of his ideas are in alignment with the ideas and practices

    of the Deconstructing Addiction League (2004), which I am currently developing. In his work, Johann offers fascinating insights into the study of ‘addiction’, ‘anxiety’ and ‘depression’, and I’d like to share some of his findings with you.

  • Researching suffering, subjugated knowledge and practices of health: An interview with Rita Giacaman

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    The work of the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University, Palestine, seeks to link the biological/biomedical sphere to the political sphere through the concept of suffering. This interview explores the ways they work to expose the sociopolitical conditions of life in order to simultaneously personalise war and politicise health.

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  1. I’m Clayre Sessoms from Vancouver, BC, Canada, traditionally known as Coast Salish Territories. I acknowledge that my work takes place on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Nations of the Coast Salish People whose relationship with the land is ancient, primary, and enduring. I’m an uninvited settler in what is colonially known as Vancouver. Because my place of work is on stolen land I commit to support a reconciliation, which includes reparations and the return of land. Here I study counselling psychology and art therapy, and I get to incorporate narrative therapy at my practicum placement, a site that provides free counselling services for LGBTQ2S individuals.

    These materials help me to begin to wrap my head around the complexities of narrative therapy. I especially enjoyed learning about how others have used narrative therapy in practical counselling settings.

    I’m moved by how we often tend to hear, accept, or retell the thinnest stories of our lives and the lives of others. I imagine that not valuing the richness of an individual’s diverse range of stories, perhaps, it has been much easier to cling to tired old preconceived notions about others, which can cause undue harm.

    I’m left thinking about the TEDTalk by Chimamanda Adichie about the dangers of accepting a singular story of someone else, rather than leaning in and committing to understand the wholeness of that person’s narrative.

    I look forward to continuing to learn. Thank you to The Dulwich Centre for providing this accessible forum. <3

  2. in what ways have you entered into collaborations before? What made these collaborations possible?

    As a peer worker most of my work was entering into collaborations with young people. I would use curiosity to further inquire into their experience, and looking back wow these narrative practices would have been amazing to use in our youth group discussions! We would use art mostly in telling stories. Many of the young people heard voices and saw characters only they could see. They would enjoy painting these voices, externalising the character, giving it a name and talking about the story and nature of the relationship between the voice and the character. I also enjoyed illiciting these stories, as I could tell they would begin to separate themselves from the voices, allowing for guilt and shame to reduce.

    What might make it hard to enter into these practices?

    The one difficult way of entering into these practices was the note writing. The managerial culture of my last workplace meant it was not considered good practice to have clients sit with us to write notes. In fact most clients probably were unaware that workers did regularly make notes each time they had contact with the centre. We were a strengths based centre that thrived on person centred practice. I think there is a bit of a stereotype that note writing is quite clinical and removed from person centred practice, hence a certain avoidance of bringing up notes in front of clients.

    If these ways of working fit for you, what next steps could you take to build partnerships/collaborations in your work?

    I definitely believe I could continue to use art to help young people tell their alternative stories. In mental health many workers draw thin conclusions of clients – bipolar, poor attachment, violent, with even their strengths really talked about in third person. It would be great to start drawing peoples strengths out with the use of story telling, so that clients can start to own their strengths, rather than have clinicans cherry pick these out.

  3. Thank you to Tileah for a wonderful presentation. I love hearing the word “yarn” used in this powerful way (Americans also have that term). The practice of “translating”, of shifting concepts into language that can be more usefully heard, is very powerful. As coaches we can make good use of this to help clients uncover their hidden or forgotten resources.

  4. These stories are amazing examples of what we can discover when we hold onto our “beginner’s mind” and remember that the other person (client, patient) has the information and understanding, not us. We talk a lot in leadership development about “co-creating” and I think this is a beautiful example of two very complementary roles: the person who has the story and the person who helps to explore and shape it.

  5. I like the idea of narrative – there is something about giving people the power to create a narrative, rather than simply appearing in a story told by someone else. Within the narrative metaphor, I especially enjoy the fabric metaphor – the idea of strands. These may touch each other, or not, may go well together in tone or color, or not. But again, there is some power in creating and weaving the narrative.
    In my own work with coaching and leadership development, I find that the emphasis on narrative(s) helps make things more tangible, and therefore brings them to their true scale, instead of letting them take on imaginary and unclearly described proportions.

  6. I love this. Telling our stories in ways that make us stronger. Such a powerful sentiment. Sometimes through trauma, it is hard to access the words that really encapsulate that experience – though using the written word does help us access those hard to utter parts of our memories … in those cases though perhaps the story we tell ourselves is not one that makes us feel strong in the first instance – so finding a way to tell that story in a way that focuses on the strength of surviving to tell that story is just amazing!

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