Online workshop: Story as an intervention for managing polarities and conflict with YANNIS ANGELIS

Narrative Walks

The Institute for Narrative Therapy and Community Work in Greece, in the context of its social response in a difficult period for each of us personally and also for our society, decided to organize a series of interactive online workshops, lectures, and discussions under the title “Narrative Walks”.

Narrative Walks will try to focus mainly on hot topics that can be addressed through the perspective of a narrative approach in the field of psychotherapy, community practice, organizations, and social responsibility.

We start with the idea that Narrative Walks are short in duration (usually half a day), host excellent professionals in their field from all over the world, are offered regularly with an affordable financial contribution, and will inspire, challenge, and create a field of constructive discussion and learning.

 

In the context of INT’s Narrative Walks

 

Interactive Online workshop

on

 

“Story as an intervention for

managing polarities and conflict”

 

with the narrative strategist, faicilitator, warm data lab host

Yiannis Angelis

co-author of the books

“Transforming Organizations”, “Beyond Storytelling” & “Re-authoring Futures”

 

Saturday 23th January 2021, 

16.00 – 19.30 Athens Greece Time

(15.00 – 18.30 CET)

 

Organized by:

the Institute of Narrative Therapy & Community Work – Greece

 

For information: www.narrativetherapy.gr,

6977-186936, 6955-103581, narrativetherapygr@gmail.com


 

FEES (via web)

– Until Wednesday the 20th of January: 45€ 
– After Wednesday the 20th of January: 65€   
For information about the payment method check below (C2)

 

WEB CONNECTION:
The event will be held via ZOOM. Look at the instructions below (C3). Connection link will be given to you the day before the online workshop.

 

See below:

A. INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONLINE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

B. INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINERS

C. ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION

    1. Time
    2. Fees
    3. How to connect for the seminar- workshop
    4. Certification

 

Α. INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONLINE WORKSHOP – EVENT

Professionals all over the globe, find themselves operating in highly complex, trans-contextual (term introduced by Nora Bateson) environments. In these environments, they often have to deal with unprecedented challenges, which more than often have to do with themes that are controversial and polarized.

Most of the time, the whole field becomes an arena of problem-saturated narratives. This kind of narratives affects negatively our capabilities and energy towards connection and prosperity.

In such a field working with the whole spectrum of the respective stories that emerge is an essential skill. Working with polarities brings more and better awareness of our differences, and leverages diversity, which are essential elements for igniting a community spirit.

Yannis Angelis will guide us in how:

  1. Polarities can be understood as a forming including two ends of a continuum, with the in-between middle space staying underdeveloped and/or underrepresented.
  2. Stories in various formats can shape a safe enough container that could smoothen any complex and highly polarized field.
  3. Deep and non-judgmental listening, primes mainly the underdeveloped in-between space with alternative narratives. This allows conversations to emerge in a respectful way that makes meaning for both poles’ identities. In this way, it opens up the field for a multiplicity of new perspectives and possibilities.

In this interactive workshop,

  • we will work with various Multi-pοlarities, Pole Stories, Trojan Stories, Middle Ground Stories, and much more.
  • we will get familiar with a model on storifying polarities,
  • we will reflect on how this kind of work can be implemented in your work not only for balancing existing or imagined polarities and differences but also as an intervention for creating a safe enough space for intentional dialogue and meaning-making.

 

 

Β. INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINER

Yannis Angelis is a Narrative Strategist, a Facilitator, a Trainer, and an Artist. His work is informed by the principles of Narrative & Gestalt Therapy, Theory U, Community Work, and the Art of Hosting. He is the co-author of “Transforming Organizations” and “Beyond Storytelling”, two books that elaborate on how to work with story-based approaches for individual growth, community building, and organizational transformation.

Amongst others, Yannis facilitates teams in physical and online spaces. He is a trainer on the pedagogy, philosophy, psychology, and technology of online spaces and meetings for optimal engagement, efficiency, and wellbeing. He has co-founded “Beyond Storytelling”, a global network of Story Practitioners who work with the narrative approach as a transformational catalyst for leadership, learning, change, communication, and community building.

 

C. ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION

 

c1. Time 

Saturday 23th January 2021,

16.00 – 19.30 Athens Greece Time

(15.00 – 18.30 CET)

 

 

c2. Fees

– Until Wednesday the 20th of January: 45€ 
– After Wednesday the 20th of January: 65€   

Please deposit the respective registration fee to the IBAN GR54 0172 2280 0052 2806 9522 814 in Piraeus Bank (Greece)[Owner of the bank account is Institute for Narrative Therapy (Greece)]

Your place is reserved once you have paid.
After registering, please send an email to narrativetherapygr@gmail.com with:
  • a screenshot of the confirmation of your payment
  • your full name, profession, place of living, and a phone number just in case of urgent communication.

Once we receive your email we will reply confirming your attendance at the online workshop.

Thank you.

 

c3. How to connect for the seminar- workshop

Dear workshop participants,

Thank you for taking the decision to join this workshop. With a lot of care, thinking of how could we all have a good time, enjoy and make the most out of it, I would kindly invite you to pay attention to the following and prepare yourself accordingly:

a) Please make sure that you have downloaded the latest version of zoom from here: https://zoom.us/download

b) Try to secure and join from a place where you have a good internet signal and sufficient bandwidth.

c) Use a laptop or computer if you can, because there are some features that do not work well or not at all if you are using an i-pad or your smartphone.

d) Check in your computer that the camera, microphone, and connected or integrated speakers are working well and test all of them in advance as they are necessary for the interactivity that we are inviting during the workshop.

e) Ensure you have good light conditions in the room from which you will connect, and you may want to avoid having a window behind you. Headphones could help prevent background noise.

You are invited to join 15 minutes prior to the official start of the meeting so that we make sure that everything works well technically. Then, when you arrive on-site, please be ready to offer yourself these 3,5 hours of uninterrupted spaciousness.

Plan to come having cared for your needs. Bring something to drink or eat if you like. Close all programs/apps/windows on your PC/laptop, including your browser. It’s very useful to turn off notifications, alarms, cell phone ringers, and any other distractions. This is our precious time to be online together, to connect, share, listen to each other, and learn from and with each other.

You will get the ZOOM link the day before the workshop takes place.

We will be waiting for you, in our virtual space with joy and care.

Warmly
Yannis and The Institute of Narrative Therapy & Community Work

 

c4. Certification

All participants will be given a CERTIFICATE.

 

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Web event: Freedman & Combs for Social Justice and Therapy / Community Practice

Narrative Walks

The Institute for Narrative Therapy and Community Work in Greece, in the context of its social response in a difficult period for each of us personally and also for our society, decided to organize a series of interactive online workshops, lectures, and discussions under the title “Narrative Walks”.

Narrative Walks will try to focus mainly on hot topics that can be addressed through the perspective of a narrative approach in the field of psychotherapy, community practice, organizations, and social fields.

We start with the idea that Narrative Walks are short in duration (usually half a day), host excellent professionals in their field from all over the world, are offered regularly with an affordable financial contribution, and will inspire, challenge, and create a field of constructive discussion and learning.

 

In the context of INT’s Narrative Walks

Online workshop

on

 

 

.

Social justice in Therapy and Community Work

 

with the

American narrative therapists, trainers and supervisors

of Evanston Family Therapy Center

Jill Freedman, MSW, ACSW

& Gene Combs, MD

clinical professors at the University of Melbourne

and the University of Chicago

Saturday 12th December 2020, 4.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. (Athens Greece Time)

 

Organized by:

the Institute of Narrative Therapy & Community Work – Greece

 

For information: www.narrativetherapy.gr,

6977-186936, 6955-103581, narrativetherapygr@gmail.com

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FEES (via web)
– 70 € (subscription until Wednesday 9th December),
– 80 € (subscription after Wednesday 9th December)
For information about the payment method check below (C2)

 

WEB CONNECTION:
The event will be held via ZOOM. Look at the instructions below (C3). Connection link will be given to you after payment and after you send us an e-mail (at narrativetherapygr@gmail.com), in which you inform us about your interest in the event.

 

See below:

A. INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONLINE INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

B. INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINERS

C. ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION

    1. Time
    2. Fees
    3. How to connect for the seminar- workshop
    4. Certification

 

Α. INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONLINE WORKSHOP – EVENT

Jill and Gene will draw on their most recent book chapter, “Individuals in Competition or Communities in Connection? Narrative therapy in the era of neoliberalism”, to reflect with participants on how current “mental health” discourse prevents us from dealing with the wider reasons for distress in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

The current pandemic is demonstrating the failures of our public health systems and welfare networks as it reminds us that many of the most essential members of society—shop assistants, food service workers, caregivers, delivery drivers—are the lowest paid. It becomes clearer every day how the exploitation of our environment and the extraction of too much too fast is burning up our planet. The terror, hopelessness, and insecurity caused by greed, environmental destruction, and the effects of systemic racism are often treated as individual medical problems, rather than hallmarks of injustice.

Workshop participants will explore through grounded examples, exercises, and discussions how narrative therapy and its associated worldview can contribute to a sense of community and interdependence, bringing a more just and sustainable life for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our planet.

 

Β. INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINERS

Jill Freedman MSW, ACSW & Gene Combs, MD are co-directors of the Evanston Family Therapy Center, where they offer workshops, supervision and counseling in all aspects of narrative therapy. They work therapeutically in the Chicago area and have also provided counseling and supervision services to various schools and social services.

They have studied under the guidance of Michael White and David Epston for many years and have taught and written about narrative therapy for over 30 years.

They have co-authored 3 books and the first complete textbook of narrative therapy: Symbol, story and ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapyNarrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realitiesNarrative therapy with couples… and more!

They received the 2009 Award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy from the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and were awarded Honorary Partners by the Taos Institute in 2010.

Jill is on the international faculty of the Dulwich Centre and teaches in the low-residency Master’s program in narrative therapy and community work offered by Dulwich Centre and the University of Melbourne.

Gene, recently retired from his position as clinical associate professor at University of Chicago, serves as a board member for the American Family Therapy Academy. Jill and Gene teach internationally and their workshops are valued by both new and experienced clinicians for the warm and down-to-earth manner in which they expand therapeutic vision and skills.

 

C. ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION

 

c1. Time 

Seminar- workshop via web,

Saturday 12th December 2020, 4.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. (Athens Greece Time)

 

 

c2. Fees

– 70 € (subscription until Wednesday 9th December),

– 80 € (subscription after Wednesday 9th December)

 

In order to subscribe, please send money to the

          IBAN GR54 0172 2280 0052 2806 9522 814 in Piraeus Bank (Greece)

[Owner of the bank account is Institute for Narrative Therapy (Greece)]

    

Please also send a confirmation e-mail with your

name, profession, place of living, telephone and e-mail in it.

 

c3. How to connect for the seminar- workshop

  1. After paying for the seminar, you send us an e-mail(at narrativetherapygr@gmail.com), informing us of your registration
  2. Then, we send you the link, which will allow you to connect with us through the ZOOM platform.
  3. Download “Zoom client for meetings”from this link. It will take you a few seconds but please don’t leave it to the last minute: https://zoom.us/download
  4. 15 minutes before the start of the seminar, check the e-mail we have sent you, click the special linkand you will be automatically connected to ZOOM. We connect 15 minutes before the start time to make sure everything is working properly with your connection.

 

In order to have a good time, enjoy it and make the most of it from our online seminar, we recommend the following:
• a) The most important 
😊: Make sure you are in a place where you have a good internet signal
• b) Use a laptop or computer if you can, because there are some features that do not work well if you are using an Ipad or your phone.
• b) Make sure your computer has a camera and microphone, as they are necessary for the interactive seminar
• c) Make sure you have good lighting in the room from which you will connect, without having a window behind you. Headphones can help prevent background noise

 

c4. Certification

All participants will be given a CERTIFICATE.

 

 

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David Newman for despair, suicidal experience and psychiatric experience

Web Event

Interactive open free of charge lecture

& Interactive training seminar / workshop

Despair, suicidal experience

& Psychiatric Experience

Narrative therapy practices to create tangible hope

with

the Australian narrative therapist, trainer and supervisor

 from Dulwich International Faculty

David Newman

Honorary Clinical Fellow at Melbourne University School of Social Work

(for the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work)

 

Open free of charge  – lecture 

Thursday 8 October 2020, 11.00 am – 1.30 pm (Athens time)

English and Greek Language

 

Training seminar-workshop

Weekend 10-11 October 2020

9.00 am – 2.00 pm (Athens time)

English Language

 

The event is organized by the Institute of Narrative Therapy & Community Work – Greece.

(It is an event that is in the context of the Greek Institute’s collaboration with Dulwich Centre)

The participants will have a certificate from Dulwich Centre of Narrative Therapy (Australia), the educational and therapeutic centre that co-created Narrative Therapy.

The seminar is recognized as part of the training that leads to the Greek Narrative Therapist Certificate.

 

Apply for attendance of the free of charge lecture and / or the weekend training workshop by  sending an e-mail to narrativetherapygr@gmail.com and we will send you the link that will connect you with our ZOOM room in order to attend. (See details bellow).

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See bellow: 

  1. INFORMATION ABOUT THE OPEN LECTURE AND THE SEMINAR
  2. INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINER
  3. ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION
    1. Time
    2. Fees
    3. How to connect for the free of charge lecture
    4. How to connect for the seminar – workshop
    5. Certifications and more support

 

1. INFORMATION ABOUT THE OPEN LECTURE AND THE SEMINAR

          GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND AIMS

This workshop will be a practical, moving and hopeful exploration of ways of working with the often intense and frequently difficult mental health challenges, such as despair and suicidal experience. Many times (although not all the times) these and other similar experiences are made inside psychiatric contexts.

We will use and share principles and practices drawn mostly from narrative therapy.

Despair and suicidal experience can be very difficult problems to respond to as workers of mental health. They can often spark worry to workers and the worry can frequently lead to panic for workers. When this happens, the worker can be taken away from their preferred way of working and then the people dealing with despair and suicidal experience can feel isolated in their experience.

In this course there will be an emphasis on life saving ideas, skills and practices that workers can take away and immediately use in their work, so that worry and panic does not overwhelm them and subsequently the clients do not experience isolation and consequently walk hopeful paths.

METHOD AND SPECIFIC CONTENT

The workshop will combine small lectures, the sharing of hopeful work, discussion and the opportunity to practice some of the ideas. This workshop is designed to go beyond risk assessments and find ways to build life-saving stories with those struggling with despair,  suicidal experience or psychiatric experience.

The course will cover:

  • Principles drawn from narrative therapy relevant for working with the problem of suicidal experience, despair, intense mental health challenges and dealing with the psychiatric experience.
  • Ways to help people make sense of mental health distress rather than locate what is wrong within them and get into hopeful paths.
  • Ways to use the narrative practices of externalizing and reauthoring when working with suicidal experience, despair and/ or psychiatric experience.
  • The ‘discourses’ or common cultural understandings of suicide and suicidal experience
  • The shaping aspect of power in language use, when speaking about suicidal experience and how we can cultivate a potentially bigger variety of descriptions of suicidal experience
  • How we can sensitively link people and assist people to make contributions to others with similar experiences by using the written word
  • Reviewing actual work with people who have intense mental health challenges, suicidal experience or psychiatric experience via video of counselling, transcripts of counselling, collective or living documents and letters
  • Ways of working with people in mental health settings / psychiatric hospitals

 

2. INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAINER

David Newman has been trained by Michael White, the founder of Narrative Therapy in Australia. He has decades of experience in working in dozens of mental health services and voluntary organizations as well as an independent practitioner. He is currently working in independent practice as well as in Sydney at Uspace, a psychiatric unit for young people in St Vincent’s Hospital.

He is a member of the Dulwich Centre faculty, a Honorary Clinical Fellow at Melbourne University’s School of Social Work and a teacher in the Master’s Program in Narrative Therapy and Community Work of the University of Melbourne (a university accredited as one of the best in the world).

Recent teaching assignments have included Brazil, Nepal, Turkey, Hong Kong and Palestine. David is the author of many articles about Narrative Therapy including the influential “Rescuing the Said from the Saying of it: Living Documentation in Narrative Therapy.”

To find out more about some of David’s work it is possible to watch this online talk and access a resource he has written together with Marnie Sather;

https://dulwichcentre.com.au/assisting-young-people-to-find-their-language-through-the-language-of-others-knowledge-from-an-inpatient-ward-by-david-newman/

http://dulwichcentre.com.au/Holding-our-heads-up-Sharing-stories-not-stigma-after-losing-a-loved-one-to-suicide-compiled-by-Marnie-Sather-and-David-Newman.pdf

3. ORGANIZATIONAL DETAILS

  3.a. Time

– FREE OF CHARGE EVENT via web – open to the general public
Thursday 11.00 – 1.30 p.m. (Athens Greece Time)
(See below information about how to connect with us)

– SEMINAR – WORKSHOP via web
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (Athens Greece Time)
Sunday: 9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (Athens Greece Time)
(See below about how to connect with us)

3.b. Fees

 – Open lecture fees: 0 euros

 – Weekend training seminar + workshop: 160 euros or 180 euros

    Subscription until 7 October: 160 €

    Subscription after 7 October: 180 €

          In order to subscribe, please send money to the

          IBAN GR54 0172 2280 0052 2806 9522 814 in Peiraius Bank (Greece)

[Owner of the bank account is Institute for Narrative Therapy (Greece)]

    Please also send a confirmation e-mail with your

   name, profession, place of living, telephone and e-mail in it.

 3. c. How to connect for the free of charge lecture

  1.  Send us an e-mail (at narrativetherapygr@gmail.com), in which you inform us about your interest in the open event.
    2. Two days before the event, we send you the link, which will allow you to connect with us through the ZOOM platform.
    3. 15 minutes before the start of the open event, go to the e-mail we sent you and click the special link and you will automatically be connected to ZOOM. We get connected 15 minutes in advance to make sure everything is working properly with your connection.

(You can also follow the instructions below, where we also tell you about how to download the ZOOM app to your computer. This is not necessary for the free open event – just click on the link we send you and you will easily go online but in the seminar it is necessary to download the ZOOM application, so that all the functions we will need can work smoothly)

3. d. How to connect for the seminar – workshop

  1. After paying for the seminar (see information above on point “C.b. Fees”), you send us an e-mail (at narrativetherapygr@gmail.com), informing us of your registration
  2. Two days before the event, we send you the link, which will allow you to connect with us through the ZOOM platform.
    3. Download “Zoom client for meetings” from this link. It will take you a few seconds but please don’t leave it for doing it in the last minute: https://zoom.us/download
  3. 15 minutes before the start of the seminar, go to the e-mail we have sent you, click the special link and you will be automatically connected to ZOOM. We connect 15 minutes in advance to make sure everything is working properly with your connection.

In order to have a good time, enjoy it and make the most of it from our online seminar, we recommend the following:
• a) The most important
😊: Make sure you are in a place where you have a good internet signal
• b) Use a laptop or computer if you can, because there are some features that do not work well if you are using an Ipad or your phone.
• b) Make sure your computer has a camera and microphone, as they are necessary for the interactive seminar
• c) Make sure you have good lighting in the room from which you will connect, without having a window behind you. Headphones can help prevent background noise

C.d. Certifications and more support

– All participants will be given a CERTIFICATE by the Institute of Narrative Psychotherapy & Community Practice and the Dulwich Center for Narrative Therapy of Australia.

– The seminar is recognized as part of the training that leads to the Greek DEGREE OF NARRATIVE THERAPY.

– The new participants will be given a preliminary EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL. Please register early so that we can send the material early.

 

 

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