The narrative therapy consultation groups have been meeting with me since 1998. Colleagues enroll for a year’s supervision and consultation. We meet in groups of between 10 – 15 people for two hours nine months of the year (excluding school holidays). We focus on literature that inform our practice and also make space for the discussion of clinical work. Sometimes we practice skills and witness therapeutic interviews.
Consultation Groups 2017
Three groups are currently meeting on a Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
Discussion of reading (1st hour of each Supervision and Consultation meeting)
This year’s reading focusses on fresh approaches to teaching and learning Narrative Therapy. I had personal exposure to these writers during my attendance of the Therapeutic Conversations Conference in Vancouver in 2016. This is exciting new work that has just been published or is in the process of being published.
I have also included a recently published article which reflects on the latest literature on the ethics that inform Narrative Therapy. I include this article entitled: Haugaard, C. (2016) Narrative therapy as an ethical practice, Journal of Systemic Therapies, 35(1). I will spend two hours in the last two sessions discussing this article. I have therefor applied for 4 CEU’s for these two hours of discussion of ethics.
Supervision of cases and illustration of practice (2nd hour of each meeting)
Like in the past each group member will have a turn to bring cases or research or writing that they are working on for consultation with and reflections from the group. The purpose of this is to research our own practice and to look at the many ways in which narrative therapy can assist us in our work with clients and communities. Colleagues may also choose to bring case work with clients where they feel stuck for supervision in the group. We use various methods to do supervision e.g. brief introduction to the dilemma experienced by the colleague in relation to the client followed by an interview of the colleague by myself or one of the group members about the dilemma’s experienced. We sometimes interview the colleague as the client to explore different kinds of questions and conversations that might open up hopeful alternatives for the colleague in relation to his/her client. There are often discussions around case management in which all of the group members would participate or we would work in small groups to brainstorm ideas regarding management and come back for discussion. I refer colleagues to relevant literature that could inform their work.
Accreditted with 18 General CEU’s and 4 Ethical CEU’s with HPCSA
Awaiting accreditation from SACSSP
2017 Blaauwberg Narrative Study Groups, Janet Bytheway
Janet Bytheway will offer two groups in Blaauwberg in 2017 – a beginners group and also a “next step” group. For more information contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org
Practice Diaries, Linda Price Hout Bay
Linda Price is an industrial psychologist who offers a journaling process in a small group setting. To find out more, please visit my website: www.thepracticediaries.wordpress.com.