I really like the metaphor of Claire entering these
typically-male territories and being like, “What’s up, I’m here to sing
my song.” In a way, it represents how it feels as a girl in the film and
music worlds, because we sometimes get a sense of not being taken as
These last few days my in-box has been blowing up with notifications of several narrative therapy training opportunities, so I thought I would try and put a list together of various North American sites where quality training can be found.
Of course I have to start with the Narrative Project of Orange County. If you are in southern California and would like to participate in a narrative consultation group, or have one of us from the Project come to your agency or practice and do a workshop or presentation, please let me know.
Also in Minnesota is the Casperson Training Center headed up by John Stillman whom I had a chance to hear give a talk about his work measuring the effectiveness of narrative therapy with military veterans at the most recent AFTA Conference. John's up to some really exciting things out there in the cold.
If you happen to be in the south or mid-atlantic area Paul Gallant from the Narrative Therapy Institute will be offering upcoming workshops in Maryland and South Carolina.
And of course there's Stephan Madigan's Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy where I've attended advanced training. This fall Madigan is offering several workshops and supervision groups in my favourite Canadian city. The next narrative therapy conference TC 11 will be held in May, mark your calendars.
If I forgot anybody please let me know and I will be happy to add your program.
truth is you already know what it's like. You already know the
difference between the size and speed of everything that flashes through
you and the tiny inadequate bit of it all you can ever let anyone know.
As though inside you is this enormous room full of what seems like
everything in the whole universe at one time or another and yet the only
parts that get out have to somehow squeeze out through one of those
tiny keyholes you see under the knob in older doors. As if we are all
trying to see each other through these tiny keyholes.
But it does
have a knob, the door can open. But not in the way you think. The truth
is you've already heard this. That this is what it's like. That it's
what makes room for the universes inside you, all the endless inbent
fractals of connection and symphonies of different voices, the
infinities you can never show another soul."
- David Foster Wallace Oblivion
Heaven and Earth give themselves. Air, water, plants, animals, and
humans give themselves to each other. It is in this
giving-themselves-to-each-other that we actually live. Whether you
appreciate it or not, it is true.
"The planet does not need more ‘successful people’. The planet
desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and
lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It
needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the
world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with
success as our culture is the set."
"New ENTERTAINMENTS had the half lives of gnats. I had consumed
everything there was to consume. There was no more distracting myself
from what needed to be done next. But, I did not know what needed to be
done next. There was no pulse. There was nothing to do but to stay very
still and wait for something to stir. When I was able to be very quiet, I
felt I could hear a rustling. A very dim, very distant aching. Nothing
more. It was a difficult and lonely time."
"Our creativity comes from without, not from within. We are not
self-made. We are dependent on one another, and admitting this to
ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity and derivativeness. It’s a
liberation from our misconceptions, and it’s an incentive to not expect
so much from ourselves and to simply begin."
It is my firm conviction that unless a counselee believes that a counselor can keep from reducing her to one or a few elements of her story and that the counselor will hold all the story themes -- even the contradictory ones -- in safekeeping as the whole story is gathered, it will be hard for her to trust the counselor or the counseling enough to engage in the process of change. Also, the story heard has to be the counselee's story, not the counselor's projections or assumptions about the story. - Christie Cozad Neuger