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The Institute of Narrative Therapy’s first
Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

 

Thursday/Friday 29th & 30th June 2017
Brighton, UK

Pre-conference workshops on Wednesday June 28th

 

Keynote presentations:
Sarah Walther - Politicised Practice and Addressing Social Inequity
Sabine Vermeire - Working with Young People who have Experienced Trauma

Also:  Refugees Share their Experience of Contributing to UK Society

 

We are excited to present two days of workshops and keynotes with one day of pre-conference workshops.

Topics ddressed will include working with children and adolescents,
dementia, learning disabilities, working in the community, collective practices in schools, with foster carers, care leavers, teams and communities, youth peer workers in Mental Health, gender identity issues, being non-British in the UK, multi-generational sexual abuse,
community radio in prison, using theatre practices in conflict transformation and reconciliation, Just Therapy, post colonial thinking and accountability, supervision with non-narrativists, narrative practice and embodiment.

Although our intention has been to provide a showcase for narrative practice in the UK, we are pleased to say that we will also have presenters from Belgium, the United States, Russia, Australia and Hungary. 

This is sure to be an invigorating and refreshing experience where you can immerse yourself in rigorous narrative practice, hear about new developments and also enjoy meeting old friends and making new ones!

Brighton is a seaside town with a proud history of activism. Home to the UK's only Green Member of Parliament and an acclaimed Gay Pride celebration, it's also a popular holiday destination. Visitors are drawn to the beaches and seafront, the winding lanes around the town centre, and the Royal Pavilion - a breathtaking monument to 19th century exuberance.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Click here for Registration Form and here for Workshop Proposal Proforma.

 
 
 
     
About the conference
 

Registration opens on November 1st

Cost £175 + VAT (includes lunches and refreshments)

Early bird rate of £150 + VAT available for bookings paid up before February 17 2017.

Closing date for workshop proposals:  February 17th 2017.

Click here for Registration Form and here for Workshop Proposal Proforma.

Pre-conference workshops

There will be three day long pre-conference workshops on Wednesday June 28th:

1. On the road again: Playful conversations with children, youngsters and families who experienced trauma with Sabine Vermeire.  Click here for details.

2. Relational and contextual therapy - honouring and expanding the narrative therapy approach with Sarah Walther.  Details available soon.

3. Introduction to Narrative Therapy – FREE to those attending the 2-day conference. Suitable for those who have little knowledge of Narrative Therapy or who would like to brush up on basics prior to the conference.

Workshops cost £95 + VAT.  The Introduction to Narrative Therapy is FREE to those attending the two days of the conference.  Lunch is not included.

Click here for Registration Form and here for Workshop Proposal Proforma.

 

Details of Pre-conference workshops

On the road again

Playful conversations with children, youngsters and families who experienced trauma.
Presenter: Sabine Vermeire

Working with trauma an important guideline comes from Alan Jenkins: ‘Do not reproduce the violence that already has been done’. This is easier said than done.  Often children and their families do not want to speak in detail or not at all about their traumatic experiences. Pitfalls such as ‘forcing them to speak’, ‘analysing their problems’,  ‘giving advice’ and ‘silencing the voices of trauma’ are always just around the corner.
In this workshop I offer alternative and playful ways to talk about trauma. Conversations that reconnect children and their families with what is valuable in their life and with who matters to them. In these conversations we deconstruct some dominant discourses about children, parents and trauma and try to get ‘on the road again’.
On this journey we will take the following paths:

  • We will create safe territories of identity and  a community of support by inviting the cuddles, Santa Claus, Beyoncé and Granny as co-therapists
  • We will unravel the stories of alienation and stigmatisation with interviews and questionnaires. (Please fill in the extra-large ‘worst fear’ questionnaire! And send it to a 9 year old boy!)
  • We will resist the pressure of gathering information, especially in the first session. We try to  (re-)connect the child and his family from the start with the future professionals and let those professionals engage as outsider witnesses.
  • We will explore indirect ways to talk about traumatic experiences  and become a philosopher, a princess or Messi.
  • We will have conversations about feelings or convictions of guilt and shame with children as well as with parents.
  • We will be on the outlook for small acts of resistance, protest, staying ahead,… and for invisible answers, local knowledge and skills.
  • We will stay aware of the existence of (self-)destructive behaviour (self-mutilation, anorexia, temper tantrums, nightmares, and so on) and  offer ways of exploring different meanings without inviting the behaviour into the room.
  • We will try to re-link stories of the past, present and future in order to find lines of flight by drawing timelines of a possible future or by arranging biographical interviews.
  • We will help parents and their children to ‘reconnect instead of getting locked up in polarisations as for example ‘victims vs. offenders’.
The roads are illustrated with footage, letters and documents.

About Sabine

Sabine is a member of the staff at the Interactie-Academie VZW, a training and therapy center in Antwerp, Belgium  (www.interactie-academie.be).
She works as a trainer, psychotherapist and supervisor in Systemic, Narrative and Collaborative Therapy at this institute. Her expertise is on children, youngsters and families in difficult contexts (attachment problems, violence, abuse, psychiatric problems and trauma) and working in creative ways when speaking becomes difficult. Talking with children and families without reproducing abuse or violence in the conversation and still creating possibilities to develop new stories is a challenge that brought her the previous years on a quest finding ways of “talking off the beaten track”.
 She has written several articles and given workshops and lectures on these subjects. In 2015 she was chairwoman of the organization of the Narrative Conference of the Lowlands (Belgium and The Netherlands).

Click here for Registration Form and here for Workshop Proposal Proforma.

All conference details are provisional

 

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