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3-Day 'Responding to Trauma' Spring 2017 Intensive


This event is co-hosted by the Narrative Therapy Centre and the Calgary Women's Health Collective

Date: May 8-10, 2017 CALGARY

Location: St. Andrews Heights Community Association

2504 - 13th Avenue NW, Calgary

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Over three days participants will have an opportunity to immerse in narrative practices in relation to working in areas of trauma, violence and oppression with a focus on practice via experiential exercises, role play and viewing of videos.


Facilitated by Angel Yuen

and special presentations

by the Calgary Women's Health Collective

Stories of trauma can contribute to a sense of hopelessness for persons of all ages, as well as the service providers they are consulting with.  Narrative Therapy approaches to traumatic experience assist people to redevelop/develop a sense of personal agency and suggest that there is always another story. These are often subordinated stories of connection, hope, cherished values, and unacknowledged ways in which people respond to hardship.

In this workshop we will illustrate the practices of narrative therapy that can assist people in reclaiming their lives from the effects of trauma..  Many insider knowledges will be shared of how those who have experienced the consequences of trauma sustain what is important in life despite difficulties. As well their many skills, and acts of resistance will offer hope to practitioners working with persons living with and facing ongoing hardships.

 In this practice-based intensive together we will:

- focus on rich subordinate story development

- explore the taken-for-granted understandings of trauma and PTSD

- strengthen double-listening skills while viewing video interviews

- learn how to move from individual to Collective Narrative Practice

- engage in a Collective Timeline exercise

- explore what is 'Absent But Implicit' in people's expressions of distress, hopelessness and/or rage

- discover people’s responses, skills in living and acts of resistance to violence and oppression

- build skills in asking re-membering questions to thicken preferred identity stories

- examine the broader power relations and small ‘p’ (political) practices that can be brought into the counselling room and community work

Special presentations by the Calgary Women’s Health Collective

Have you ever found yourself in a room with a particularly vicious story, and felt at a loss as to how to respond?

We have been there! A team of narrative therapists from the Calgary Women’s Health Collective will collaborate with Angel by sharing up-close investigations of our conversations and poetry-writing practices with people who have experienced the consequences of trauma.

Join us all in witnessing stories from our practices, videotapes, and poetry written from our own session notes that might enliven the hope that in any given room, another story always exists.

This intensive will be well suited to counsellors, community workers, child protection workers and mental health practitioners working in settings such as private practice, hospitals, women’s shelters, sexual assault centers, schools, Violence Against Women (VAW) organizations, and other community-based and social service agencies.

This training is designed for those who have an existing knowledge of Narrative Therapy and the avid beginner. If you are a newcomer to narrative ideas before registering we ask that you read the following paper from the Dulwich Centre websiteWhat is Narrative Therapy? An Easy to read introduction by Alice Morgan and / or take the first three modules (Welcome, The Narrative Metaphor and Externalizing) of the free online course at the Dulwich Centre 'What is Narrative Practice?'

About the facilitators...

 Angel Yuen is a private therapist and school social worker in the Greater Toronto Area.  Many children, young people and adults she has worked alongside have been subjected to abuse, violence and oppression. She has a particular interest in co-discovering and seeking out hopeful and effective ways of responding to trauma and hardship.

Angel has published the following papers re: narrative ideas and responding to trauma: Discovering Children’s Responses to Trauma: a response-based narrative practice (2007) and Less Pain More Gain: Explorations of responses versus effects when working with the consequences of trauma (2009) As one of the founding members and faculty of the NTC of Toronto, she has been teaching narrative ideas locally and in several different countries for the past decade.  Angel is a member of the Dulwich Centre international faculty team in Adelaide, Australia and is co-editor with Cheryl White of the 2007 book  Conversations about gender, culture, violence & narrative practice:  Stories of hope and complexity from women of many cultures”.

Loree Stout, Tiffany Saxton, Sanni-Ilona Paljakka and Lori Helfenbaum are all practicing narrative therapists in Calgary and part of the Calgary Women’s Health Collective.

Early rate of $425 extended until April 14th 2017,  Regular rate of $475 thereafter

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