November 10 & 11 2016, with Shona Russell

Thinking Together in Relationship in Ways that Re-Invigorate Professional Identity

University of Melbourne (Hawthorne Campus)

Shona has been exploring narrative practices in her work as a supervisor for many years both as an external consultant to organisations and with practitioners who have a specific interest in narrative therapy. She has a particular interest in supervision where workers experience significant distress in relation to their work which has led her to engage with ways we can sustain ourselves in work that can be difficult and complex. Shona will draw on the work of Vikki Reynolds to consider what "becomes more possible when we are able to work in accord with our ethics, embrace a spirit of solidarity, and see our collective work as doing justice".

The following specific themes and practices will be explored:

  • Negotiating supervision and fostering agency– how can a context of negotiation about what supervision is be created and a context where practitioners think together in relationship be formed?

  • The position we take as supervisors – addressing relations of power

  • Re-storying professional identity through keeping faith with what is given value

  • The rites of passage metaphor as it relates to professional identity and the co-construction of knowledge

  • Alternative proposals for responding to worker distress, fatigue and exhaustion: pain as testimony – distress as tribute

  • Creating audiences for re- storying professional identity

  • Documents of identity – scaffolding skills and knowledges

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