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  • An invitation to people struggling with trauma and to the practitioners working with them— Diane Benjamin and Lori Zook-Stanley


    This paper invites readers into an examination of a decade of therapeutic collaboration. Through the lenses of narrative therapy and mindfulness and Buddhist spiritual practices, the authors describe a number of ‘healing skills’ that were used to meet trauma and transform its effects.

  • History Shaping the Present: from an interview with Marlene Silbert


    In this piece, Marlene Silbert, the Education Director of the Holocaust Museum in Cape Town, South Africa, describes ways of teaching history that make it relevant to the present. In particular, Marlene describes ways of engaging with Holocaust history that can enable action and healing in present day South Africa. This piece is derived from an interview. Cheryl White, David Denborough and Peter Hollams were present.

  • Mungalli Falls Indigenous Women’s Healing Camp— Greta Galloway and Robyn Moylan


    This paper provides a sparkling example of a community gathering, shaped by narrative ideas, designed to respond to the experiences of Indigenous Australian women. The paper describes a women’s healing camp that was held for Indigenous women in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. It provides a detailed account of the narrative and other processes engaged with at the camp, and provides participants’ evaluation and recollections of this event one year later.

  • The healing of memories— Fr. Michael Lapsley


    Fr Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand and trained as a priest in Australia before moving to South Africa. He was expelled from South Africa and went on to become an ANC chaplain while living in both Lesotho and Zimbabwe. In 1990, while in Zimbabwe, he opened a letter bomb and lost both his hands and one eye in the subsequent explosion. He now lives and works in Capetown as the Director of the Institute for the Healing of Memories. The following interview took place in Capetown. Cheryl White, Jane Speedy & David Denborough were the interviewers.

  • Reflections on a workshop in South Africa— Leonie Thomas


    In February of this year I attended a four-day workshop with Yvonne Sliep in a beautiful part of rural South Africa, the Valley of a Thousand Hills. My experience in attending the workshop and in traveling to South Africa has had far reaching effects on my life and work.


  1. “Narrative therapy doesn’t believe in a ‘whole self’ which needs to be integrated but rather that our identities are made up of many stories, and that these stories are constantly changing.”

    I like this, I find it very compatible with my beliefs as a Buddhist. In Buddhism, as I understand it, mistaken beliefs about a solid, fixed “self” are the source of our suffering.

    I work with couples using EFT for couples, and in that approach, there is a big emphasis on externalising the problem as “the cycle that you get trapped in”, and encouraging couples to come up with their own name for it.

  2. Thank you for this. I am a counsellor, and trying to make as much as possible of my notes “in quotes”, that is, writing down things that the clients said. And not my own opinions.

  3. hello

    I the ED of a Friendship Center in Terrace, BC where were mostly target the indigenous population in our city of 12,000. I found your video interesting and something that we may want to try. Havee you been able to to do any follow ups studies to gage the long term effect of your program?


    Cal Albright
    Kermode Friendship Center
    Terrace, BC

  4. Thank you for this overview of Narrative Therapy. I am returning to practice after some time away, and these reminders are timely and appreciated.

  5. Hi Chris

    I really enjoyed watching your video about Narrative Walks. My project is based in Blaenau Gwent, in South Wales, Uk. I’m wondering whether I might use such an approach in my work with our Youth Service, who support young people between the ages of 11 and 25. Have you any thoughts on this? Are there any resources available, either free or to purchase?

    Best wishes


    • Hi Paul, m

      Much of my early attempts of the program were with the 15-20 year old age bracket and I found it worked really well. When I recently had an opportunity to run the program again with this age bracket – I extended the finish time so that could spend more time at the stop points and have a fire at the last resting place to talk about our intentions after the walk. This meant that we used head torches for the 2km which added a bit of a sense of theatre to the day. It was pretty cool.

      If you email me on hello@embarkpsych.com I can send you the manual. Or ask any other questions via this page so others might share in the answers.


  6. Thank you for sharing your insights. This has been very enlightening as a student studying post-grad social work. Recently my tutorial group was discussing how professionals often use their interpretation and that clients may not get to see how some professionals interpret their stories, in this way many things can be missed especially what the client sees as being important.