Outsider witness practice

Outsider witness practice

Some time ago I wrote a blog post on integrating narrative and solution-focused approaches, and my interest and work  in this area continues to develop. One of the aspects of the Narrative Responses to Trauma congress I attended in Palestine in November 2012 that inspired me the most was the use of outsider witness practice. I was one of a small group of conference participants who, with Mohammad, a Palestinian narrative therapist, visited a...

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From 2013 into 2014

From 2013 into 2014

So here I am, almost at the top of Great Britain* and almost at the end of the year. Time for a review and for the expression of some appreciation and thanks. I am dancing the old year out and the new year in (with Bodysurf Scotland, and thank you to them – check them out), and gratitude is one of many feelings that is being brought to the fore. Except that it’s not really a feeling, it’s an action, an activity. So let me do gratitude...

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Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender

Dear reader, I hope that you get something from this piece of writing. I assume you would like to, otherwise, why would you bother reading it? (I also hope this beginning hasn’t put you off, by the way. It’s just part of the idea I’m wanting to share. I used to pride myself that I didn’t make assumptions about people, but I believe now they are inescapable – we inevitably make and communicate them all the time). The central part of...

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One welcome is not enough

One welcome is not enough

I’ve just come back from a focusing coaching session with Rob Rave, in which he was helping me get in the right place for preparing my workshop at the European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA) conference in Bern this weekend. It was amazing how the focusing (and Rob) helped me to shift from an anxiety feeling in the pit of my stomach, to a more ready state, with a feeling of relaxation, and a sense of movement and alertness, as I imagined...

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Come Together!

Come Together!

November is going to be an exciting month. I’m looking forward in particular to the Palestine-UK Social Work conference and to the new course I will be running with Rob Cumming, on combining narrative therapy  techniques alongside solution-focused ones. There are connections between the two events, as will become apparent. I first became aware of narrative therapy in 1995, when Chris Iveson of BRIEF drew from it and in particular from...

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