Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth & Their Families: Honouring Resistance, Cultivating Connection
Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June, 2018
This workshop is a must for anyone working with young people today. Providing therapeutic support to queer youth and their families in this new and unfolding identityscape requires conceptual and conversational resources that go beyond those advanced in “gay-affirmative” therapies.
Young people who live outside of normative gender and sexual identities often face unique relational and social challenges. In this workshop, Julie introduces narrative practices and queer theory as praxis allies that position you alongside families in the construction of relationally engaged, generative conversations that help you meet these challenges.
Julie is the author of two books: Narrative Approaches to Youth Work and Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity & Constructing Preferred Identities
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The Institute of Narrative Therapy with Riverbank Psychology
ADVANCED TREE OF LIFE TRAINING COURSE
26 – 29 June 2018
Spend 4 days with Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo the pioneer and co-developer of Tree of Life to learn about the history and origins of the Imbeleko approach and Tree of Life methodology. Learn advanced methods in how Tree of Life can be applied in different therapeutic contexts.
This flexible workshop consists of an introductory 1-day module followed by three further 1-day modules exploring the use of Tree of Life in particular contexts. These further modules can be attended by anyone who has completed the first day. Attendance at the first day is essential for any one wanting to attend the further modules.
Prices – Day 1: £110 + VAT (20% discount for self-funders)
Days 2, 3 & 4: £95 + VAT each (20% discount for self-funders)
Witnessing resistance to “trauma” and interpersonal & political violence; a social justice approach
A workshop with Vikki Reynolds
London, Manchester and Edinburgh, October 2018
In this experiential workshop Vikki presents an alternative approach to work with ‘trauma’, from an ethical stance for justice-doing, which focuses on the resistance of victims of violence and oppression. This is as opposed to attending primarily to the details of the trauma, which can be re-traumatizing for both the person and the front-line worker. Resisting the neutral and medicalized language of ‘trauma’, we will name rape culture, torture and political violence, poverty and other systemic contexts of social injustice that are often hidden in individualized talk. Honouring the wisdom of the people we work alongside in their resistance to abuses of power brings forward their agency and wisdom. Locating sites of resistance, and witnessing the resistance capacities of the people we work alongside, can create identities of knowledge, autonomy and strength, as opposed to victim/survivor identities, or other spoiled identities.
Workshop participants will:
- Engage in practice examples of a witnessing approach to work with people who have suffered violence, and look at the questions and dialogues that bring forward the person’s resistance, wisdom, knowledges, courage…;
- Consider alternative understandings of ‘trauma’, including seeing PTSD as a potential site of resistance;
- Locate problems of ‘trauma’ in the social world where we have not delivered on a ‘just’ society;
- Explore their own acts of resistance against power-over and domination;
- Learn how to structure safety for therapeutic conversations as a foundation of the work;
- Develop witnessing practices that offer new meanings of traumatic past events;
- Participate in a Solidarity Group practice that resists ‘vicarious trauma’ and ‘burn out’ in our work and enacts “shouldering each other up” in solidarity with collective care.
You can find many free articles and keynotes on Vikki’s website
Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism with community work & therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege.
Her experience includes supervision and therapy with refugees and survivors of torture, sexualized violence counsellors, mental health and substance misuse counsellors, housing and shelter workers, activists and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written and presented internationally on the subjects of resistance to 'trauma', ally work, justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work.
Vikki's articles and keynotes are available free on her website
London: October 1st & 2nd 2018
Manchester: October 4th & 5th 2018
Edinburgh: October 8th 2018
(20% discount for self-funders)
2-day attendance: £200 + VAT
1-day attendance: £110 + VAT
It is possible to attend the first day of the two day workshop on its own, but it is not possible to attend the second day on its own.