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Speciality Classification
Allied Health
1 day

Online Event

Learning objectives of this training:

  • Have a greater appreciation of, and to be able to work more effectively with, language, discourse, and social constructionist principles.
  • Understand and work with the ‘normalising gaze’ and the significance of power relations.
  • Work with the concept of multiple identities, identity conclusions and the externalising of problems.
  • Begin to develop the skills of deconstruction, re- authoring and mapping
  • Enhance the skills of teasing out clients’ ‘insider knowing’ and work more closely with clients’ hopes, visions, values and commitments.
  • Become more skilled at ‘talking the talk’, the reflective process that creates greater client/therapist collaboration
  • Draw on a wider range of theoretical lenses and a richer repertoire of skills. 
  • This training may qualify for Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) CPD. Please refer to the Dept. of Health website for more information. 

    Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break.)

    • Conceptions of self; the encapsulated self, relational self and no-self.
    • The role of language, discourse and social construction in the formation of identity, problems and approaches to problems. 
    • Narrative/non-narrative distinctions. 
    • Foucault and the normalising gaze.
    • The attribution of meaning. Positioning theory. Intentional states.

    Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)

    • Public representation and private testimony.
    • Mapping and the flow of narrative work. Re-authoring.
    • Externalising the problem
    • Interviewing the problem.
    • Questions and answers, reflections on the day.

    Evaluation and closing.

    Narratively oriented therapists take the position that our lives are shaped by stories. We never see the world as it is, we always see through a narrative ‘lens’, we give value to certain aspects of experience and neglect other aspects, we are constantly interpreting what is happening in, to and around us. It is through the stories we have about ourselves, others and life in general that we make sense of things and navigate our way in the world. And how we see the world clearly shapes how we act in the world. People usually come to therapy when in the grip of a ‘problem-saturated’ story about themselves or some aspect of their lives. Working collaboratively, the therapist and client engage in a process of ‘unpacking’ this story and then ‘reauthoring’ – that is, returning to or arriving at preferred stories, noticing neglected but helpful aspects of experience, and developing more encouraging ‘identity conclusions’. Of course, these must be credible and sustainable narratives that translate into preferred actions and ways of being. Narrative practitioners believe that individuals and their stories are significantly shaped by the culture or cultures in which they live. Our ideas about - and experience of - love, gender, success, decency, family, work, health, normality, in fact every aspect of our lives, are shaped by ‘discourses’ derived from culture. A Narrative Therapist would therefore be very curious about what informs your thinking – and in what ways that thinking is and isn’t helpful. Particular attention is given to language for, as Heidegger said, ‘all description is interpretation’. Language doesn’t simply reflect reality, it creates it, and it is the conduit of culture. In this workshop, we will explore the storied-nature of our lives – and of course our clients’ lives; how these stories are formed, how identity is storied, the role of culture, the politics of social life, the practice of deconstruction and re-authoring, the use of relational language, and related topics. Exercises in dyads, appropriate journal articles and other handouts, together with ample presenter-attendee dialogue, will support your learning. 

    How will you benefit from attending this training?

    • Ability to identify and challenge many taken- forgranted truths about people, problems and the practice of therapy.
    • Become keenly aware of and skilled in using language that is more collaborative, nonpathologising and ultimately more productive for your clients. 
    • Be able to draw on a richer repertoire of models, techniques and interventions. 


    Speciality Classification
    Interest Areas / Topics Covered
    Counselling, Communication skills
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 day
    Start Date
    End Date
    CPD Points
    5 OPD
    Price Details
    Standard registration
    Price: $199.00Standard registration
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