I hope this year is treating you well so far. Here in Adelaide it’s mid-winter so the first paper of this issue is very appropriate! It’s called Winter Stories: Therapeutic conversations from the land of ice and snow.
It opens a journal issue that includes a diverse collection of papers. The second section comprises of a series of interviews and resources exploring forms of narrative practice beyond the gender binary. First up is an interview with Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad that explores realms of bodily adjustments, gender belonging, resting places and gender talents. Secondly, David Nylund describes the narrative family therapy that he conducts with trans children and cisgender parents. This is followed by a collective document gathered by Tiffany Sostar and Rosie Maeder in relation to ‘Non binary Superpowers’! This conveys a collaborative conversation between non-binary youth in Adelaide, South Australia and non-binary youth in Calgary, Alberta. And finally in this section, we have included a resource that we use here at Dulwich Centre in relation to talking about pronouns and gendered language. We hope this may be of assistance to others in different contexts – or that it might inspire you to create your own.
The final section of this journal issue features a number of narrative practice papers from Australia, Turkey and Canada. They explore narrative approaches to single sessions trauma work; working with online gamers, responding to grief and loss using therapeutic documents, and re-storying children’s nightmares and night terrors.
We hope these papers are helpful to you and those with whom you work.
Warm regards (from chilly Adelaide).
1-10 Winter stories: Therapeutic conversations from the land of ice and snow, by Julie Tilsen
11-15 ‘Some of us have a body that we need to adjust in order for the m to be a good place to live’: Belonging, resting places and gender talents. An interview with Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad. The interviewer was David Denborough
16-23 Moments to treasure: Narrative family therapy with trans children and cisgender parents. An interview with David Nylund by David Denborough
24-32 Non-binary Superpowers! A collaborative conversation between non-binary youth in Adelaide, South Australia, and non-binary youth in Calgary, Alberta. Co-facilitated by Rosie Maeder and Tiffany Sostar. Written up by Tiffany Sostar
33-39 She/he/they/ze/hir: Talking about pronouns and gendered language, by Rosie Maeder, Tiffany Sostar and David Denborough
40-48 Narrative therapy approaches in single-session trauma work, by Amelia Batrouney
49-58 Living like playing: Working with online gamers from a narrative therapy perspective, by Mehmet Dinç
59-67 Responding to grief and loss using therapeutic documents, by Karen Esakin Mittet
68-79 Re-storying children’s nightmares and night terrors, by Kelvin F. Mutter
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.