'What's the problem?'
Workshop in London, 27th of April 2018
Manchester, 30th of April 2018
Playful and creative conversations with children, youngsters and adults
A 1-day workshop with Sabine Vermeire, Willem Beckers, Kris Decraemer and Mieke Faes.
From Interactie-Academie, Antwerp, Belgium.
Introducing Mister Super Spider Cool Dude dressed in Batmanclothes, The LP in my head, The Tearmonster, The Tom & Jerry affair, The Black Cloud, The Zeitgeist, The Wall of ideals and the many stories that are connected with them!
Therapists, psychologists, social workers, counsellors,… sometimes we get confronted with the limits of our regular conversations with our clients. At the same time, it seems that in case of serious problems, we are only allowed to speak and think in a serious, strict way. Some clients aren’t that verbal and can feel intimidated by the flood of words. Our questions sound like interrogations or analyses or attempts to re-educate, turning our conversations into a dance where nothing new happens. For these kind of deadlocks, the introduction of alternative languages (images, actions, drama) and materials unfold new possibilities.
In this workshop we offer a basket full of alternative and playful ways to talk about problems, dilemma’s, initiatives, responses to difficulties, local knowledge and skills. Through these different languages children, youngsters and adults get reconnected with what is valuable in their life and with who matters to them. Alternative and creative ways of working will open up different conversations to narrate stories and experiences, creating intriguing ways to explore our relations with the problems or constraints in our lives. Surprising ideas and pathways can be discovered!
Together with this workshop, we will also present the book ‘What’s the problem?’ that we created through playful conversations with our clients. We hope to meet you one of those days!
Sabine, Willem, Kris and Mieke are narrative and systemic inspired psychotherapists working at The Interactie-Academie in Antwerp, Belgium. They specialise in working with children, youngsters, adults, couples and families within marginalized positions, using creative and playful ways when speaking becomes difficult. The combination of working as psychotherapists, trainers, supervisors and authors creates a rich cross-pollination for their ongoing journey to offer counterweight for fixed, dominant and problem saturated stories.
London: April 27th 2018
Manchester: April 30th 2018
Fee: £110 + VAT
(20% discount for self-funders)
Witnessing resistance to “trauma” and interpersonal & political violence; a social justice approach
A workshop with Vikki Reynolds
London, Manchester and Edinburgh, October 2018
In this experiential workshop Vikki presents an alternative approach to work with ‘trauma’, from an ethical stance for justice-doing, which focuses on the resistance of victims of violence and oppression. This is as opposed to attending primarily to the details of the trauma, which can be re-traumatizing for both the person and the front-line worker. Resisting the neutral and medicalized language of ‘trauma’, we will name rape culture, torture and political violence, poverty and other systemic contexts of social injustice that are often hidden in individualized talk. Honouring the wisdom of the people we work alongside in their resistance to abuses of power brings forward their agency and wisdom. Locating sites of resistance, and witnessing the resistance capacities of the people we work alongside, can create identities of knowledge, autonomy and strength, as opposed to victim/survivor identities, or other spoiled identities.
Workshop participants will:
- Engage in practice examples of a witnessing approach to work with people who have suffered violence, and look at the questions and dialogues that bring forward the person’s resistance, wisdom, knowledges, courage…;
- Consider alternative understandings of ‘trauma’, including seeing PTSD as a potential site of resistance;
- Locate problems of ‘trauma’ in the social world where we have not delivered on a ‘just’ society;
- Explore their own acts of resistance against power-over and domination;
- Learn how to structure safety for therapeutic conversations as a foundation of the work;
- Develop witnessing practices that offer new meanings of traumatic past events;
- Participate in a Solidarity Group practice that resists ‘vicarious trauma’ and ‘burn out’ in our work and enacts “shouldering each other up” in solidarity with collective care.
You can find many free articles and keynotes on Vikki’s website
Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work & therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege.
Her experience includes supervision and therapy with refugees and survivors of torture, sexualized violence counsellors, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, housing and shelter workers, activists and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally on the subjects of resistance to 'trauma', ally work, justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work.
Vikki's articles and keynotes are available free on her website
London: October 1st & 2nd 2018
Manchester: October 4th & 5th 2018
Edinburgh: October 8th 2018
(20% discount for self-funders)
2-day attendance: £200 + VAT
1-day attendance: £110 + VAT
It is possible to attend the first day of the two day workshop on its own, but it is not possible to attend the second day on its own.