Opening up Possibilities through Narrative Practice
Colleagues who are interested in presenting papers may submit Abstracts before the end of April.
Information about Keynote addresses
Relational Mediation: Creating a readiness for separation when working with highly conflicted couples, presented by Stephen Madigan MSW, MSc, PhD
Canadian family therapist Stephen Madigan investigates a new ‘relation based’ narrative therapy practice. Relational Mediation is designed to emotionally prepare conflicted couples for their journey away from a problem based present orientation and towards a more preferred separated relationship orientation in the future.
In 2011, the American Psychological Association published Stephen’s book Narrative Therapy – theory and practice as the primer textbook on Narrative Therapy for all APA graduate school programs. The book is now on the APA best sellers list (which could not have been predicted as Stephen’s book represents a full on critique of scientific modernist psychology!) Stephen hosts the annual Therapeutic Conversations conferences (www.therapeuticconversations.com), and currently teaches narrative therapy training workshops worldwide.
Narratives from the therapeutic journey of two psychologists, presented by Helen Malgas MA and Jennifer Githaiga PhD
Generating hope and possibilities in South Africa, presented by Elize Morkel DTh
When narrative therapy was introduced to South Africans in the early 90’s our country was in the midst of dramatic social and political changes. In this opening keynote address Elize Morkel will explore the ways in which Narrative Therapy provided new lenses through which to view the world to people who had the healing and transformation of our society at heart. Our history of apartheid, trauma and injustice left deep scars on our society. Today violence, prejudice, oppression, poverty and illness cast a dark shadow over our people. Amidst all of this, narrative practitioners share stories about the generation of hope and possibilities on a personal, professional and political level. Our community of like-minded colleagues have learnt to do hope in a range of contexts facing a wide variety of challenges. This, we believe, is our contribution to the field of narrative therapy in the world.
Elize Morkel is a psychologist in private practice in Somerset West. Narrative therapy has become a focus of study in the early 1990’s. She has travelled extensively to attend training and to present papers and workshops in other parts of the country and abroad. Since 1999 Elize has been offering training and supervision to colleagues and masters students from various disciplines working in a diversity of contexts in South Africa. Her training commitment includes invitations to and the hosting of workshops for colleagues from overseas. Her doctoral dissertation in Practical Theology reflects on narrative therapy as a transformative participatory praxis within the South African context.
Addressing Sexuality and Gender in Narrative Therapy Conferences, presented by David Nylund LCSW, PhD
In this lecture, David Nylund will share some of his ideas on examining cultural discourses on sexuality and gender. Post-structuralist theory as a theoretical tool along with narrative therapy practices that assist us in interrogating sexual identity and gender norms will be discussed. David will argue that deconstructing dominant discourses of gender and sexuality create opportunities to examine, challenge, and resist normativity in all locations and spheres of life and identity.
David Nylund, LCSW, PhD is a professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento and a faculty member of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. David is the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center, an agency serving the needs of the LGBT community. He is the author of several articles and books on narrative therapy, gender theory, and cultural studies.
A Neuro-Narrative Therapy for Today’s World: Bringing Emotion and Mindfulness into Narrative Work, presented by Jeff Zimmerman PhD