Therapists come and go, but family and friends more often stick around for a lifetime. - Pru (a veteran consumer of human services)
Hello again! Day 3 of the Therapeutic Conversations conference in Vancouver and it once again it did not disappoint. This morning I had the opportunity to catch the exceptional workshop facilitated by Peggy Sax (pictured Bryna Andressen, Charley Lang, Peggy Sax) titled Neighborly Ways of Being: Building Communities, Linking Lives. Peggy Sax, through the use of video interviews and co-research, showed how the narrative practitioner can work to identify practices that strengthen naturally occurring communities of support using the rhizome metaphor as a guide for curiosity and surprise. Sax's workshop challenged common assumptions about working in individualized ways and how intentional therapeutic communal practices can strengthen social connectedness in ways that do not center the therapist. Sax showed how these communal practices can provide a wide range of non-prescriptive options for connectedness. It was a powerful workshop that gave me much to think about as I blew off the rest of the day to walk around Vancouver and see some art. Tonight is my last night in Vancouver. It has once again been a wonderful respite and opportunity to see what my narrative family has been working on. Goodbye Vancouver, I leave you with a song in my heart..