“The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem”. This formative statement by Michael White is a core principle for narrative-oriented therapists. Something becomes “a problem” when it gets in the way of a person’s life, visions and hopes. How we approach the problem shapes how we look at it, what we will find, and how we might act in response.
A person may consult with a therapist when in the grip of a problem-saturated story about themselves or some aspect of their life. A narrative-oriented therapist would be curious about the meaning of the problem to them, how this informs their thoughts and actions, and ways in which these are or are not helpful. Making use of ‘double listening' the therapist would also notice and appreciate the person’s knowledges, skills, values and commitments that can contribute to responding to the difficulties.
As an alternative to defining the person according to the problem or locating the problem within the person, a narrative-oriented therapist is guided by ‘positioning’ theory which suggests we come to know and experience ourselves through relationships located within specific histories, cultures and political systems.
Informed by this orientation, therapist and client work collaboratively to co-research, deconstruct and reauthor the problem-saturated story. This includes noticing neglected but helpful aspects of experience, witnessing actions in response to dearly held commitments and values, and paying careful attention to ways in which language is used. This can support the client to reclaim their life from the effects of a problem, and to discover or find their way back to preferred identity conclusions. This in turn can open hopeful possibilities which honour valued relationships and treasured aspects of their history and culture.
This approach invites therapists to attend to power relations in the therapy room, including by adopting a decentred yet influential stance and demonstrating respect for clients as the experts in their lives.
Illustrative examples, practical exercises, case study reflections, journal articles and other handouts, together with ample presenter-attendee dialogue, will support your learning.
Merle Conyer supports individuals, teams, organisations and communities responding to interpersonal, institutional, political, cultural and environmental trauma, healing and justice. Contexts in which she contributes include mental health, legal, government, academic and community sectors, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, organisations facilitating redress for institutional abuse, and those contributing to human rights, social justice and environmental justice.
Her track record includes board, management, service delivery and volunteer roles. Through her independent practice she currently offers counselling, supervision, debriefing, training, groupwork, wellbeing support and consulting services. She interweaves interdisciplinary wisdoms such as somatic psychotherapy, trauma-informed practice, narrative therapy, ecological psychotherapy, focusing and mindfulness practices, and is guided by both clinical and cultural supervision.
Merle is an Accredited Supervisor and Clinical Member with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. She holds a Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, Master of Education, Graduate Diploma of Communication Management (Human Resources Development) and Diplomas of Somatic Psychotherapy and Energetic Healing.
9:00am - 12:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 10:30am)
12:30pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 4:30pm (includes 15 minute break at 2:45pm)
$29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event.
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Learning objectives of this training:
“This workshop introduces effective therapeutic practices for walking alongside clients as they explore what strengthens, nourishes and enlivens … a respectful way of being in relationship that can be transformative for both of us." Merle Conyer
How will you benefit from attending this training?
Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break)
Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)
This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Case Workers, Pastoral Care Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.
COVID-19 AND YOUR SAFETY
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You will be required to abide by the safety measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
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Free wireless internet is available and login details will be provided on the day.
This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level.
Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 10 minute walk to Roma Street Station.
Early-bird parking close to the venue:
All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
The venue is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.
You are welcome to bring your own food into the venue and eat in the outdoor courtyard which is just located at the entrance of the building, or on the gorgeous pool deck area or in the conference room, Alternatively teh venue is only a short walk away from the peaceful Roma Street Parklands.
The seminar venue is the Johnson Brisbane Art Series Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code 'WORKPLAYSTAY' https://all.accor.com/hotel/B3V3/index.en.shtml?utm_campaign=seo+maps&utm_medium=seo+maps&utm_source=google+Maps
Othere nearby accommodations options nearby include:
The Metropolitan Spring Hill is a 4 minute walk from the venue https://www.google.com/search?q=the+metropolitan+spring+hill&rlz=1C1CHBF_en-GBAU923AU923&oq=The+Metropolitan+Spring+Hill&aqs=chrome.0.0i355j46i175i199j0j0i22i30j69i60l3.773j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Spring Hill Mews is a 5 minute walk from the venue.
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