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Narrative Mediation: A Restorative Approach to Conflict Resolution 

Friday, October 8, 2021, 9 AM - 12:30 PM Central

Michelle Myers (Live Online from California)

Participate Live Online, On-Site at Caspersen or Access Recording

Early Registration rate of $99 (ends Oct 1), Regular Registration, $119 

Student, Group and Foreign Currency Discounts Available

3.5 CEUs, See registration page for details

Workshop Description:

This interactive workshop teaches a restorative and innovative conflict resolution paradigm that is a revolutionary departure from the traditional problem-solving model of resolving disputes. Participants will learn a Narrative Mediation approach that encourages the conflicting parties to tell their personal story of the conflict and reach resolution through a profound understanding of the context of their individual stories.

 

This workshop will show participants how to apply specific skills to conduct Narrative Mediation to a wide-variety of conflict situations. The conflict stands between the people, rather than something that is inside themselves. Narrative Mediation provides an alternative relational position which can facilitate the resolution of conflict much more smoothly and effectively than in traditional problem-solving approaches.

 

Participants will learn how to:

  • help people separate themselves from conflict-saturated stories and construct a new story/reality 

  • explore the impact of the conflict story on conflicting parties

  • give conflicting parties the opportunity to re-author relations in more peaceful, cooperative and respectful ways

 

Justice is Neither Boat nor Barbeque. A narrative inquiry into the challenges for individuals and communities seeking “justice” as response to harm

Friday, December 3, 2021, 9 AM - 12:30 PM Central

David Anderson Hooker, PhD, JD, M. Div., MPA, MPH, AM (Live Online from Georgia)

Participate Live Online or Access Recording

Early Registration rate of $99 (ends Nov 12), Regular Registration, $119

Student, Group and Foreign Currency Discounts Available

3.5 CEUs, See registration page for details

Workshop Description:

Individuals working with individual clients or community groups are often tasked with providing them support as they seek “justice” as the pathway or mechanism for healing. Whether the harms are recent or historical, ‘justice’ is often proposed as an appropriate solution. The challenged faced when using ‘justice’ as a frame work for proper redress is that Justice mostly operates within a negative epistemology, in other words, people are mostly able to describe its absence rather than its presence. If the mechanism for healing (i.e. justice) is unclear or not well defined, then the pathways will be equally murky. Further, when the construction of justice for those being supported differs significantly from that of those tasked with providing the support, there are also unconscious impediments. 

Workshop Objectives:

 

  • Participants will develop a general framing of social construction and narrative theory;

  • Each participant will identify their own implicit theory of justice;

  • Based on their individual implicit theory of justice, participants will explore the implied role of justice in healing; and 

  • Jointly Develop a narrative inquiry approach to uncover the clients framing of justice and their proposed relationship between justice and healing, and possible pathways

Demonstration of Narrative Therapy in Practice

Friday, February 4, 2022, 9 AM - 12:30 PM Central

John Stillman, LICSW (Live Online from Minnesota)

Participate Live Online or Access Recording

Early Registration rate of $99 (ends Jan 14), Regular Registration, $119

Student, Group and Foreign Currency Discounts Available

3.5 CEUs, See registration page for details

Workshop Description: 

For several years, workshop participants have been requesting a workshop focused solely on a demonstration of narrative principles.  They have said that they enjoy learning the ideas and participating in exercises that help them experience it.  But it’s the demonstrations within workshops that they learn from the most and that give them an idea of what narrative can look like in practice.  

 

David Epston, co- founder of narrative therapy shared with me years ago the importance of creating an opportunity where experienced therapists show their skills in front of people who are learning.  This experience allows people to see the ideas unfold in real time and ask questions during the process.

 

In response to participant feedback and David’s suggestion, I am offering this demonstration workshop.  The main focus will be on narrative interviews that I will have with participants who volunteer.   Additional interviews with audience members will follow where they can reflect on the experience.  The workshop will allow participants to see how a narrative therapy session can start, and how the principles can guide the session.  These interviews will vary in length based on what principle is being emphasized.

 

At the conclusion, further discussion will take place with the participants regarding how the experience of viewing these demonstrations might affect their own practice.  The emphasis will be on participants moving the material from the presenter’s style to a style that fits for them.

Participants attending this workshop will be able to:

1.  Identify narrative principles within a therapeutic conversation.

2.  Utilize the concept that if they have use of 9 narrative principles, they have at least 9 questions they can ask at any part of a conversation.

3.  Understand the decision-making process behind choices of which narrative principle to draw upon when asking a question.

A Decolonial Option to Modernity’s Storytelling-Displacement

Friday, March 4, 2022, 9 AM - 12:30 PM Central

marcela polanco (Live Online from California)

Participate Live Online or Access Recording

Early Registration rate of $99 (ends Feb 14), Regular Registration, $119

Student, Group and Foreign Currency Discounts Available

3.5 CEUs, See registration page for details

Workshop Description:

In this workshop, I hope to introduce to narrative therapy the modernity/coloniality/decoloniality project from social and intellectual activist from Abya Yala (the Americas). From the modernity/coloniality perspective, I will highlight the European influences of modern storytelling being founded on Western ideas of time, space, authoring, human-author, and aesthetics that have resulted in the displacement of any other storytelling forms. I will introduce decolonial storytelling by sharing my learnings on the Aymara and Quechua worlds-making practices. I will provide an overview of the key concept of the decolonial option and implications for practice.

 

Participants who attend the workshop will be able:

 

  1. To discern the key concepts of the decolonial project within the context of the historical conditions of Abya Yala (the Americas)

  2. To understand the universal Eurocentric foundations of modern storytelling and its ethical implications of displacement of other forms of knowledge

  3. To draw connections between storytelling knowledges from Abya Yala with their local knowledges

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