Narrative Therapy & Neurobiology in Responding to Trauma

February 14 & 15 2018, with Maggie Carey and Sarah Atkinson

**This workshop is now confirmed and is definitely going ahead**

Narrative Therapy offers practical skills that support workers when people’s lives have been impacted by trauma. Trauma can have the effect of establishing a sense of vulnerability, hopelessness and a feeling of being stuck in the past events and not able to ‘do’ life.

A Narrative approach can provide many hopeful possibilities in these circumstances. It picks up on the ways in which people, even young children, have responded to what has been difficult or traumatic and this can give entry points to develop stories of personal agency rather than victimhood.

Narrative ways of working have us looking to bring forward story lines that serve to make sense of the on-going painful experience of trauma or of difficult experiences.

In this workshop we will explore how some of the recent findings from the arena of neuroscience can support our practice. Many of these findings seem to have a direct correspondence with the practices of a narrative approach. A particular thread of this is the importance of embodied and affective experience, and how our neurobiology is organised to respond to threat and danger. This can help people who have experienced trauma to be able to make sense of both their actions at the time and subsequent on-going effects of what happened that continue to be difficult and often debilitating. 

Read more ...

Introduction to Narrative Therapy

March 15-16 2018, with Terry Callahan

Cost: $375.00

A taken-for-granted 'know-how' seems to allow people to 'story' their experience and 'get' what a story is about. This two day workshop for those who are new to narrative ideas and practices, will explore how this common ability might be made even more available in 'narrative ways of working' with the problems of human life.

Read more ...

Level 1 Intensive: Introduction to Narrative Practice

May 28 - June 1 2018, with Terry Callahan

Cost: $850.00

This introduction to Narrative Practice features an energetic blend of hands-on skills and rigorous reflection that will leave participants keen to explore more. Central practices of the narrative approach (as described by Michael White) will be unfolded, along with an accessible sampling of ideas that inform the practice. This introduction is relevant for a range of contexts, including counselling, families and groups.

Read more ...

Level 2 Intensive: Extending Narrative Practice

September 17 - 21 2018, with Terry Callahan

Cost: $850.00

An opportunity to refresh your narrative approach, this 5 day intensive workshop opens up space for participants to extend on ideas and practices of narrative therapy they have gained through previous training. The particular interests of participants will actively shape the agenda of the intensive.

Read more ...