Three stories, three songs and ten principles

For a keynote address to a narrative therapy conference in Cologne, Germany, I tried to articulate 10 (or 11) key principles of practice through sharing three songs and the stories of how these were created. These include the first song I wrote in a work context using narrative practice. It’s called ‘Pride’ and the lyrics were spoken to me from an HIV positive man, Wayne, who I worked with in Long Bay Prison. The second song is the ‘theme’ song of the Power to Our Journeys Group … a group of folks who heard voices facilitated by Michael White. The final song is a personal one seeking to articulate complex, nuanced laments and the unanswerable questions that can accompany grief.

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