This workshop is suitable for anyone with either a little knowledge of Narrative Practice, and/or for those who would like to reinvigorate their knowledge. This could include Case Managers, Counsellors, Youth Workers, Guidance Officers, Support Workers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupation Therapists, and/or Workers from the field of disability, housing, domestic violence, child protection, education, health and mental health.
What is Narrative Practice?
Narrative Practice seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
This two day workshop will explore underpinning values, beliefs and assumptions of Narrative Practice.
During the workshop stories that shape people’s lives will be unpacked and Narrative Practice ideas will come alive with a range of practice stories and live demonstrations. Participants will have a chance to experiment and play with how to define an issue or a problem in a way that separates the person from the problem.
The workshop will be an opportunity to step away from the busyness of our work, to reflect on how we can work with our clients in ways that enable them re-connect with what is important to them and to assist them to step closer to their preferred ways of living (despite the problems they might be facing in their lives).
At the completion of the workshop participants will have:
- Identified and explored the key concepts of Narrative Practice
- Been introduced to defining issues in ways that separates the person from the problem.
- Explored how we position ourselves in the work to centre client’s knowledge
- Refined our listening skills to listen for alternative story lines
- Clarified how to work in conversational partnership with our clients to notice and richly describe positive developments in their lives, to co-construct alternative stories
- Explored ways to notice and celebrate change via therapeutic letter writing and certificates
- Considered the relevance of Narrative Practice in their own work and explored how these ideas could be applied to make a difference in the lives of the people they work with.