Dulwich Centre News

The Dulwich Centre, the home of Narrative Therapy and the place where Michael White did his ground breaking work, is alive and well and has just hosted the International Conference. You’ll see here some of the things that are going on and the links will give you more information if you want to know about some of these happenings. There is a school of thought in my neck of the woods that counselling for adoptees needs to be similar to that for survivors of torture and trauma. Narrative therapy is often particularly suitable for adoptees if you can find a therapist near you or online.
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Dulwich Centre Email News
April 2013
Issue #67
http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au
newsandconnections@dulwichcentre.com.au
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G’day,

The 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, which was held here last month, was an invigorating event. Now we’re overflowing with new projects and we’d appreciate your involvement …

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
1. The field is thriving: 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference
2. ‘Practices of welcome’ and ‘Working with asylum seekers and survivors of torture’: New FREE video on-line
3. Histories of narrative therapy … seeking your help
4. Upcoming book: Retelling the stories of our lives
5. Responding to gender-based violence in diverse contexts
6. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work 1st issue for 2013 … subscribe now
7. Workshops in Beijing, Singapore, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain, Denmark, Austria
8. Seeking hopeful stories of culturally relevant child protection practice
9. Upcoming workshops here in Adelaide
10. Special event: Stretching ourselves and the field: A 3-day narrative practice seminar
11. Masters Program in Narrative Therapy and Community Work – an update
12. Tree of Life and Team of Life News
13. Linking narrative and artistic practice
14. Subscriptions to this FREE Dulwich Centre Email News

1. The field is thriving: 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference
Characterised by thoughtful diversity and a generous festival-like atmosphere, the 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, held here in Adelaide last month, seemed to herald a new phase in the field of narrative practice. With keynotes delivered from Zimbabwe/South Africa, Brazil, Hong Kong, Uganda, Colombia/USA, Italy, Norway, Aotearoa, Samoa and Scotland (Ron Coleman from the Hearing Voices Network), it was clear that the field of narrative practice is thriving. What was perhaps most heartening is that the ideas and practice of both narrative therapy and collective narrative practice are being stretched, adapted, transformed as practitioners in different contexts develop culturally resonant forms of practice. For those of you who couldn’t be there, over coming months we will share presentations on-line and via the International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. Thank you to all of those who contributed to the event!

2. ‘Practices of welcome’ and ‘Working with asylum seekers and survivors of torture’: New FREE video on-line
The latest Friday Afternoons at Dulwich free video features two presentations from the opening session of the recent 11th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, organised by Dulwich Centre, that took place in Adelaide, Australia,from 6-8 March 2013. Aunty Barbara Wingard, senior Kaurna Elder, welcomes participants to Kaurna land and tells stories from her own life to demonstrate the significance of practices of welcome. She particularly relates this to the experience of those seeking refuge in Australia as asylum seekers. Poh Lin Lee works as a narrative therapist on Christmas Island, which is where people who are seeking asylum in Australia and arrive by boat are detained while their claims are processed by the Australian Government. In this presentation, Poh Lin shares stories of her work with survivors of torture and trauma and the significance of ‘making now precious’. We hope you will join us and participate on the on-line discussion forum. Free Friday afternoon videos are placed on http://www.narrativetherapyonline.com on the last Friday of every month.

3. Histories of narrative therapy … seeking your help
2013 is the 30 year anniversary of Dulwich Centre! Due to many requests, we have begun a project that will result in resources for practitioners who are interested in the histories of the development of narrative therapy. Now we can use your help! There are two ways in which you can participate. Firstly, please send us any questions you have about the history of the development of narrative therapy. We will then use these to shape the resource. And secondly, if you participated in any key events in the development of narrative therapy in the 1980s (early women and family therapy meetings, key conferences, early trainings at Dulwich Centre, early workshops, and so on), we would appreciate hearing your reflections about the key factors that you think were influential in the development of narrative therapy. Please email us at dulwich@dulwichcentre.com.au

4. Upcoming book: Retelling the stories of our lives
A new book, to introduce narrative therapy to a general audience will be published by W. W. Norton later this year. Written by David Denborough and containing extracts and stories from the Michael White archive, it will be called Retelling the stories of our lives: Everyday narrative therapy to draw inspiration and transform experience. We’re looking forward to it.

5. Responding to gender-based violence in diverse contexts
Dulwich Centre Foundation International is currently engaged in a number of projects seeking to address gender-based violence in diverse contexts, in culturally appropriate ways. In April/May two trips will take place around this theme. A team will be visiting the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture in Ramallah, Palestine, and meeting with Palestinian colleagues who are trying to address gender-based violence in the context of occupation. Following this, we will be working with the International Women’s Development Agency in Thailand with Burmese women’s organisations. We will be exploring ways in which narrative practices can be engaged in both contexts. If you are seeking to address gender-based violence in your context, and are interested in these projects, please stay in touch via dulwich@dulwichcentre.com.au

6. International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work 1st issue for 2013 … subscribe now
We are about to launch the first journal issue for 2013. It’s a very interesting collection, featuring:

Narrative therapy with survivors of torture and trauma
Creative narrative groupwork in which men’s groups and women’s groups exchange messages, poems, stories and songs
Ways of re-authoring workplace relationships
The use of narrative practices in organisational strategic planning
Considerations of cultural democracy, operational citizenship and critical race theory and their relevance (and challenge) to narrative therapy
Story of practice in relation to failure conversations
And more! This journal is now on-line, meaning that people from very diverse contexts can access it and we can keep the subscription rate low ($39). It’s now possible to register as a member for 2013 and receive access to all four issues for 2013.

7. Workshops in Beijing, Singapore, Greece, Hong Kong, Spain, Denmark, Austria
Since our last Email News, a number of workshops have taken place involving our international faculty. In March, Carolyn Markey presented workshops in Singapore and Hong Kong as part of our continuing training programs in both places. Lorraine Hedtke (USA) and Ruth Pluznick (Canada) will also teach in these programs soon. Mark Hayward (UK) will soon conduct training in Salvador, Brazil, and Greece. Further workshops by Dulwich Centre faculty are also planned in Beijing, China, Spain, Denmark and Austria. For more information about these programs see: http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au/training-in-narrative-therapy.html

8. Seeking hopeful stories of culturally relevant child protection practice
Thanks to the support of Collier Charitable Fund and the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation, we are delighted to announce that we will be publishing a collection of hopeful stories of culturally relevant child protection practice in Aboriginal communities. This will include the ‘Growing strong children’ program developed in Roebourne (WA) by local Aboriginal women. If you know of hopeful stories of culturally relevant child protection practice, please email us at dulwich@dulwichcentre.com.au Thanks!

9. Upcoming workshops here in Adelaide
To celebrate Dulwich Centre’s 30 year, we are hosting a number of key workshops:

When stories clash: Re-authoring the relationship story through narrative mediation
John Winslade 25-26 July
Many professionals find themselves often dealing with conflict between people. For mediators this is an obvious focus but for many others it is also relevant. How can we construct conversations that help people find a pathway through the conflicts that embroil them? This workshop will teach some concepts and practices that can help find such a pathway. It will draw on the field of narrative mediation and more widely from narrative ideas on conflict resolution. Included in the workshop will be emphasis on: double listening; the role of narratives in conflict situations; power relations; separating from a conflict narrative; mapping the effects of the conflict; opening and developing a counter-story. The practice will be demonstrated live and on video, and participants will also get the chance to practice putting these ideas to work. To register click here

Resisting ‘Burn Out’ with Justice-Doing in counselling and community work
Vikki Reynolds 15-16 October

Those working with people struggling with poverty, violence and oppression are often told that they will ‘burn out’. The compassionate care of the workers is seen as naïve, immature, unprofessional, and something they will ‘get over’. We’re also told that clients are responsible for harming us with their pain, when most workers tell me that’s not the case-and that they suffer from structural issues of injustice that don’t allow for us to provide the care required to address suffering. Contrary to this is the story of sustainability; how our collective work sustains us, nourishes our hope, invites us to honour the resistance and strength we witness in the people we work alongside, and allows us to work congruently with our ethics. This experiential workshop will address our collective ethics and practices of Collective Care as opposed to self-care. Workers will be invited to begin to build their own ‘Solidarity Team’; examining who stands alongside them, what ideas and practices sustain them, and how they might access support when burnout attacks. Book online here!

Level 1 Intensive in Narrative therapy
Dulwich Centre Faculty October 7-11
This one week intensive training will provide an immersion in the practices of narrative therapy. To register, click here

Level 2 Intensive with Jill Freedman
4-8 November
We’re pleased to announce that Jill Freedman (USA) will be visiting Dulwich Centre to offer this Level II intensive training for those who have already studied narrative ideas and practices and are intent on taking the next step in their work. For more information or to register, click here

10. Special event: Stretching ourselves and the field: A 3-day narrative practice seminar, 11-13 November
Due to many requests, we are delighted to hold this advanced practitioner practice seminar which will include:
• Latest therapeutic explorations from Jill Freedman
• Theoretical stretching: from critical heritage studies to re-engaging with Michel Foucault
• Ensuring the politics remain on the map: Key lessons from the past by Cheryl White
• The tensions, possibilities and creativities between narrative therapy and collective narrative practice: David Denborough
• Opportunities to delve into the Michael White archives
If you are an advanced narrative practitioner and are interested in a stretching few days, we welcome your participation. The faculty for this event will include a range of experienced Australian and international narrative practitioners. Book online here!

11. Masters Program in Narrative Therapy and Community Work – an update
In conjunction with the University of Melbourne (Australia’s leading university), we are hoping to offer a Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work, to start in 2014. The Masters would be a postgraduate specialist qualification for professionals interested in enhancing their clinical and practice-research skills. The degree would be delivered as a joint initiative of the Department of Social Work (The University of Melbourne) and the Dulwich Centre, Adelaide. The planned course would consist of 2 x two-week intensive teaching blocks, on-line components, and the completion of taped interviews and assignments, therefore making it accessible to students across Australia and internationally. The first teaching block would be in March 2014. This degree would place an emphasis on students developing clinical skills while also requiring theoretical, academic and practice-research rigour. The total fee for this course would be $16,480. Australian students would be eligible for financial assistance, such as FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP. International students would be eligible for places at the full fee ($16,480). We are still awaiting approval for the program. As soon as we have definite news we will let you know!

12. Tree of Life and Team of Life News
Recent ‘Tree of Life workshops’ have taken place in Adelaide and on the central NSW Coast. And a Melbourne workshop, Reclaiming lives from the effects of trauma: Introducing narrative therapy approaches to trauma and the Tree of Life will take place on 4th September. Check out the Tree of Life facebook group for recent international Tree of Life news. In Team of Life news, we are pleased to announce that a Team of Life theatre production will feature in the 2014 Melbourne Festival! This is being developed in conjunction with KAGE Physical Theatre and Dulwich Centre Foundation. We hope to link it with the 2014 World cup. Stay tuned for more information.

13. Linking narrative and artistic practice
There is increasing interest in ways of linking narrative and artistic practice, and a workshop on this theme is to be offered in Melbourne on 5th September, hosted by the Bouverie Centre. An example of the possibilities of these links is the theatre production, Sundowner, developed in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Australia (Victoria), which is currently touring Australia.

14. Subscriptions to this FREE Dulwich Centre Email News
If you would like to subscribe to Dulwich Centre Email News, please do so via: http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au/email-news.html. Thank you. If you would like to unsubscribe, please email us at: newsandconnections@dulwichcentre.com.au

Warm regards

from all of us here at
Dulwich Centre

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Dulwich Centre
Hutt St PO Box 7192
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
http://www.dulwichcentre.com.au
http://www.narrativetherapylibrary.com
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