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The Storied Way: Introduction to Narrative Therapy
November 9 @ 9:00 am - November 10 @ 5:00 pm$375 – $450
Two days presentation:
November 9 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
November 10 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
OPQ Recognition Number RE02636-18 (13.5 hours)
David Paré, Ph D
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Narrative therapy invites persons to separate from normative judgment, uncovering the rich possibilities obscured by problem-focused accounts of their lives. This two-part workshop unpacks the roots of narrative therapy before introducing participants to witness and engage in a variety of narrative practices.
On day one, participants will learn to externalize through the practice of double listening, discerning the expression of values and purpose in persons’ accounts of their experience. Externalizing is both an ethical stance from which we listen and a linguistic skill that opens space for alternative stories. Day two will introduce a variety of practices for stepping into those alternate stories—helping people re-author their experience by identifying personal initiatives, tracing their histories, and linking them through time.
Attendees will learn:
- The theoretical and philosophical roots of narrative practice
- The role played by normative cultural discourses including some traditions of psychological thinking and practice in constraining persons’ views of themselves
- How to listen for local knowledge and to identity its expression through action
- How to join clients in rendering “thick description” of initiatives which feature the active performance of intentions, values, skills and abilities
- How to use questions to consolidate preferred developments, “storying” them and linking them through time
- How to identify and celebrate resistance in the face of oppression and violence
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