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3rd Nordic Narrative Therapy Conference Bergen, Norway

Presenters Include: Rosa Arteaga (Canada), Erling Fidjestol (Norway),  Helene Grau Kristensen (Denmark), Cecilie Erichsen Lærkerød  (Norway), Stephen Madigan (Canada), David Marsten (USA), Gunnar Martisen (Norway), Todd May (USA), Jonny Morris (Canada), Ottar Ness (Norway), David Nylund (USA), Siv Sæveraas (Norway), Nina Ters Jørring (Denmark), Trondheim High Couple Conflict Team (Norway), Jennifer White (Canada)

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October 1st, 2019 - March 21, 2020

 

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Meet our Presenters

Rosa Arteaga MA developed an innovative narrative therapy/social justice/feminist inspired therapeutic practice to support girls and women of all ages, and diverse backgrounds who are experiencing complex trauma and violence. Her workshop takes the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos and unaltered transcripts. She is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada. Rosa is a longtime Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. .

Erling Fidjestøl MA is a family therapist who, since 2005, has immersed himself entirely in the study of narrative therapy practice at the Robust Clinic in Oslo, Norway. He teaches narrative therapy to Family Therapy Graduate students and works with children, youth and their families suffering with a wide range of difficulties including high conflicts and social and mental health issues of various kinds.

Helene Grau MA is a co-founder of Praksis: The Centre for Narrative Therapy in Denmark. She was originally supervised and trained for many years by Michael White, presents workshops internationally, teaches narrative therapy courses at the University of Copenhagen and is a new faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. Helene publishes on the issues of Grief, Death and Hope and her therapy practice specializes in working with parents who experience the loss of a child during pregnancy. 

Stephen Madigan PhD is an award winning narrative therapist and best selling author of the book Narrative Therapy. He is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content manager for the online interactive narrative therapy learning site TCTV.live, and consultant supervisor to Norway’s National Couple Conflict Team and Trondheim's  High Conflict Team. The 2nd Edition of Narrative Therapy was published in March 2019 and he teaches workshops through session videos, unaltered transcripts, and live interview demonstrations.

Cecilie Erichsen Lærkerød MA is a narrative therapist who works as a family therapist at Bjørgvin Family office at Bryggen in Bergen, Norway. She is a founding member of Narativ Praxis Bergen and works with couples, families and children.

David Marsten MA is the Clinical Director of Miracle Mile Community Practice in Los Angeles, California and a faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. He teaches narrative therapy workshops locally and internationally through session videos, unaltered transcripts, live interview demonstrations, and is the co-author of the book: Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with Children’s Imaginative Know-how.

Gunnar Martisen MA is a chef, nurse and family therapist. Gunnar has trained extensively in narrative therapy and worked for many years at Robust (Norway's only all narrative therapy clinic) in Oslo. He is currently living and working as a family therapist at Bjørgvin Familiekontor, in his home city of Bergen.

Todd May PhD is Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities Chair at Clemson University in South Carolina. He has been involved in offering workshops on the philosophical framework of narrative practice for the past ten years and is a new faculty with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. Todd is the author of sixteen books of philosophy, including fabulous and readable books on Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. HIs most recent book is entitled A Significant Life: Human Meaning in a Silent Universe, which argues for narrative values as a way of offering meaningfulness to life.

Jonny Morris MA uses post structural and narrative therapy ideas in his up-close analysis of youth suicide. Through a collision of social artistry, narrative interviews, and outsider witness teams, Jonny has worked with insiders, service providers, and policy makers to re-imagine possibilities for change in policy and practice. Jonny is interested in studying the emergence of critical suicidology as part of a doctoral program. He is the newly appointed CEO for the Canadian Mental Health Association in British Columbia Canada.

Ottar Ness, PhD. is a Professor of Counselling and Mental Healthcare at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. He researches and teaches on topics such as relational welfare, public value, dignity, and the common good, as well as recovery in mental health and substance use.

David Nylund PhD is a Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento (USA), faculty with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, and the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Centre, a community based agency serving LGBTQ communities. He is the author of several books and 60 articles on narrative therapy practice, queer theory, and cultural studies.

Siv Sæveraas MA is a systemic family therapist in Bergen, Norway who is a private practitioner, with a special interest in narrative therapy. She also works as a teacher, supervisor and writer, and is a guardian for a number of single, minor refugees. Before Siv entered the field of family therapy, she had a long career as a feature journalist. 

Nina Tejs Jørring MD simultaneously trained to become a Narrative Therapist and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was always her vision to make narrative family based approaches the way to respond to psychiatric problems and has subsequently built a Family Therapy Team in the Danish CAMHS. Nina has researched this work with families, loves her teaching with interns and her current project is writing a book on narrative family based approaches to child and adolescent psychiatric problems. 

Jennifer White EdD is Associate Professor and Director, School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria (Canada). Jennifer has practiced in the field of youth suicide prevention since 1988 as a clinical counsellor, educator, policy consultant, researcher, and community developer. She is interested in studying contemporary discourses of youth suicide prevention through critically informed, relational approaches to inquiry. Jennifer seeks to explore alternatives to the standardized, expert-driven, one-size-fits-all, risk factor based approach to youth suicide prevention. 

3 DAY MAY 6-8, 2020

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    -Student

     -Family Therapy Association

     - TCTV.live Members

*Student and or membership number required

2 DAY MAY 7-8, 2020

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     -Family Therapy Association

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PRECONFERENCE MAY 6, 2020

Professional
 

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    -Student

     -Family Therapy Association

     - TCTV.live Members

*Student and or membership number required

 

Conference Schedule 

9:15 am - 4:00 pm 

Wednesday, May 6 

 

Day 1  - All Day Pre-Conference Workshops  

A) Crafting Narrative Therapy Letters to Children, Youth and Families – LIVE demonstration.

Nina Tejs Jørring (Denmark) & David Nylund (USA)  

 

Two of the world’s most creative therapeutic letter writers present narrative therapy’s imaginative collection of work with children, youth and families. David demonstrates work with queer and trans youth and Nina shows her practice with families struggling with complex psychiatric problems.  David then guides participants through a LIVE counter-story demonstration interview that serves as the backdrop to carefully outline the structure, purpose and creative possibilities involved with writing therapeutic letters. Participants are invited to write a response to the Live interview by writing a therapeutic letter (in either Danish, Norwegian or English).

 

B) A Framework for Thinking About Narrative Therapy Practice – Todd May (USA)

  

Michel Foucault was a touchstone in the formation of narrative practice.  Michael White relied heavily on Foucault's theoretical work to explain and formulate vital aspects of his non-essentialist approach to therapy.  Later, Michael immersed himself in the thought of Gilles Deleuze, although his death prevented him from a fuller integration of Deleuze's work. The workshop will focus on these two philosophical thinkers, and demonstrate how they intersect with narrative practice. 

 

C) Foundations of Narrative Therapy Theory and Practice - LIVE demonstration.

Erling Fidjestøl (Norway) & Stephen Madigan (Canada)                                    

 

Participants are introduced to the foundational theory and practice that guides narrative therapy interviewing including: 1) Relational externalizing, 2) Re-authoring values, 3) Re-membering conversations, 4) Crafting questions, and 5) Double listening. Participants experience the 5 practices as they are shown through 'slow showing' client session videotapes and LIVE demonstration of the practice.

4:30 pm – 6:0O pm

OPENING WELCOME BY NARATIV PRAXIS BERGEN

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AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILM: THE MEN'S ROOM 

 

Post film discussion with: Gunnar Martinsen (Norway) & Helene Grau (Denmark)

The ranks of a men's choir narrative therapist Gunnar Martinsen sings with is comprised of 25 tattooed middle-aged men often found with a beer in their hand.  Every Tuesday night the unusual group gets together, lets go of their inhibitions, turns the choir into a reality to be proud of, that over time, begins to resemble a family. The award wining documentary centres on the choirs experience when receiving the news that one of them has only a few months left to live. The experience provides opportunity for the men to rediscover the values of friendship and connection. 

 

8:30 am - 9:15 am 

Thursday, May 7 

Day 2 - Morning Keynote Address 

Critical Suicide Studies: Creating Worlds Worth Living In

Jennifer White (Canada) & Jonny Morris (Canada)

 

The keynote will discuss an up-close and experience-near accounting of how narrative therapy ideas are shaping critical approaches to expanding possibilities for living.

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm 

Thursday, May 7

Day 2 - Morning Workshops

 

A) Addressing the Effects of Bullying and Exclusion: Not single-handedly but sharing together. 

Erling Fidjestøl (Norway) 

 

Four previously unacquainted girls (age 12 to 14) have all individually faced years of bullying and exclusion. Introduced to the ideas of narrative therapy's definitional ceremony they have all accepted the invitation to come together in a shared sense of solidarity. Together they might come to see themselves less through the eyes of self-hatred and more through the compassionate eyes of one another. Through excerpts from a videotape of one of these sessions the workshop participants get a glimpse into some of the possibilities that non-individualistic practices has to offer in working with problems that so often leave therapists feeling impotent and powerless. 


 

B) From Complicated Grief to Society’s Complication of Grief. Helene Grau (Denmark)

 

As the diagnostic system continues to expand it is now possible to be diagnosed with complicated grief. As an antidote to this development, the workshop will examine a different perspective on grief. The problem is not that people are suffering from complicated grief. The problem is that our society is addressing grief and death in ways that complicate grief. This workshop will demonstrate how narrative informed conversations are addressing grief and death in ways that cultivate, honour and supports an ongoing relationship with the loved ones who are no longer breathing. The workshop will make use of transcripts to demonstrate narrative questions and pathways that support parents to develop and ongoing relationship to the child that is no longer breathing. 

 

 

C) Narrative Therapy with Children and Families (Part 1). David Marsten (USA)

 

The workshop will discuss and demonstrate direct narrative therapy practice with children in the context of family therapy. Key narrative practices will be addressed alongside David's newest ideas regarding narrative structure and dramatization.  Direct practice videos with children and families are used to demonstrate the beauty, skill and complexity of this work.

 

~ Lunch 12:00pm – 1:30pm ~

 

Thursday, May 7

Day 2 - Afternoon Workshops 

 

A) Narrative Therapy with Children and Families (Part 2).

Cecilie Erichsen Lærkerød (Norway) & David Marsten (USA)

 

Once children are convinced their creative and imaginative know-how is not only admissible, but also encouraged in therapy, they are only too happy to take direct aim at solving problems. A Wonderfulness interviewing approach to narrative therapy with children and families will be demonstrated and discussed in wonderful ways. LIVE demonstration interview.

 

B) Our Bodies Our Minds: Rich Stories of Strength, Resistance, and Unique Outcomes.

Rosa Arteaga (Canada)

 

The workshop demonstrates Rosa’s twenty years of experience and thousands of practice hours engaging individually and collectively with girls and women who have experienced gender-based violence. She shares, examines and educates participants on a delivery model that goes beyond a trauma informed approach and towards a narrative informed, feminist, decolonizing practice.

 

C) A Relational Response to Dysfunction Focused Couple Therapy. LIVE demonstration.

 Stephen Madigan (Canada), High Conflict Couple Teams (Bergen & Trondheim, Norway)

 

Narrative Therapy informed Relational Interviewing is an alternative relational response to contemporary forms of dysfunction focused couple therapy. Stephen outlines the framework of his relational practice and then demonstrates the work through a LIVE interview with a local couple. After the interview, therapists from the Trondheim and Bergen Relational Interviewing high conflict teams will offer a response to the couple and then question Stephen (in front of the couple) about the relational questions he asked in the session.                             

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Thursday, May 7

Day 2 - Afternoon Keynote Address 

Self-Deception. Todd May (USA) 

 

We all know that we deceive ourselves, sometimes about important aspects of who we are.  However, most views of deception are rooted in psychoanalysis, which individualizes self-deception and so neglects its social roots. The keynote will offer a framework for thinking about self-deception from within a larger social context, allowing narrative practice to integrate it without betraying the important insights of the practice.
 

8:30 am-9:15 am

Friday, May 8 

Day 3 - Morning Keynote Address 

Still Alive. Helene Grau (Denmark)

The keynote guides participants through an interviewing practice that involves crafting relational responses to grief that re-story loss and death, and cultivate a continued relationship between the living and the dead. 

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Friday, May 8

Day 3 - Morning Workshops

 

A) Tree of Life: Connecting through shared humanity

Siv Sæveraas (Norway)

 

Siv shares her intercultural therapy experiences from an impoverished neighbourhood in Nairobi Kenya, where she is implementing a Tree of Life narrative approach to reach beyond cultural differences and stereotypes. In this workshop she challenges dominant discourses on cultural competence, while exploring shared humanity as a resource in intercultural therapy.

 

B) Therapeutic Engagements with Suicide: Towards More Invigorating and Life-Giving Conversations

Jennifer White (Canada) & Jonny Morris (Canada)

 

In this workshop, Jennifer and Jonny work with participants to imagine alternatives to the standard “risk-factor” approach to working with the issue of suicide that can often reinforce individualizing, pathologizing, and medicalizing conceptualizations of persons. Drawing on practices of narrative therapy, relational ethics, collaborative knowledge generation, and politicized understandings of distress, we seek to complicate, diversify, and expand possibilities for responding to the complexity of suicide and self-harm.

 

C) Advanced Practice: Developing Therapeutic Questions (Part 1). LIVE Demonstration Learning

Helene Grau (Denmark), Stephen Madigan (Canada) & David Nylund (USA) 

*Please note: Advanced learning participants must register and attend both sections of this full day course

 

Learning to ask narrative therapy questions is a comprehensive mix of precision, skill, creativity and theoretical understandings. The Advanced Participant learns to accurately compose, understand and practice the purpose, direction, grammar, politic, temporality, imagination and creativity behind narrative therapy questions.

 

~ Lunch 12:00pm – 1:30pm ~

Friday, May 8 

Day 3 - Afternoon Workshops 

A) Relational Welfare and Narrative Practice: Dignifying lives and practices for persons with mental health problems. Ottar Ness (Norway)

 

Relational welfare is a human-centred and collaborative approach premised on human rights, social justice and societal sustainable development. Relational welfare means that welfare is a resource that people co-create together, where personal and collective relationships and environments are placed at the centre of development. In this workshop Ottar will present and discuss how narrative practice can promote better lives and communities for people struggling with mental health problems.

 

B) How and Why We Learned to Practice Narrative Therapy: A Down to Earth Discussion.

Rosa Arteaga (Canada), Cecilie Erichsen (Norway), Erling Fidjestøl (Norway), Cecilie Kristiansen (Norway), Gunnar Martisen (Norway) 

Interact with a wonderful panel who discuss personal stories and experiences about why they decided to study and practice narrative therapy. The workshop offers participants an up close, fun filled, intimate experience about learning (and how to learn) narrative therapy. The informal and interactive discussion is designed to answer your questions, offer a few secret learning tips, and encourage your future practice of narrative therapy. 

 

C) Advanced Practice: Developing Therapeutic Questions (Part 2). LIVE Demonstration Learning 

Helene Grau (Denmark), Stephen Madigan (Canada) & David Nylund (USA) 

 

*Please note: Advanced learning participants must register and attend both sections of this full day course

 

Learning to ask narrative therapy questions is a comprehensive mix of precision, skill, creativity and theoretical understandings. The Advanced Participant learns to accurately compose, understand and practice the purpose, direction, grammar, politic, temporality, imagination and creativity behind narrative therapy questions.

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm 

Friday, May 8

Day 3 - Afternoon Keynote Address

 

Queer Informed Narrative Therapy Practices David Nylund (USA)

 

David presents his award winning innovative work on a Queer Theory informed Narrative Therapy Practice. He highlights the contemporary issues of representation, homonormativity, transgender youth, trauma, violence, masculinities, gender binaries and more.