Stories that Sing: Beauty, Love, and Poetics in Narrative Practice
Led by Tom Carlson and Sanni Paljakka
Friday, May 18th
Plummer Park, West Hollywood
Please join us on Friday, May 18th at Plummer Park for an exciting and moving training with Tom Carlson and Sanni Paljakka, who will be presenting their recent work in Narrative Therapy’s Insider Witness Practices.
SCCC and Larry Zucker, LCSW, have invited Tom and Sanni to Los Angeles both to feed the imaginations of local therapists and to help launch an SCCC Insider Witness Practices (IWP) Study Group in the fall.
Tom and Sanni describe the day as follows:
Over the course of the workshop, we will delve into the heart of narrative therapy practice; practices that are concerned with restoring the dignity, honour, and beauty of people’s lives. We will also highlight recent developments in narrative therapy that seek to bring forth stories that have literary merit; stories that counter damaged identities, stories that sing, and stories that love and beckon us forward. We will share examples of our own work and recent collaborations with David Epston including Insider Witnessing Practices and the use of poetry, art, and performance. Rather than being a “how to” only, we will offer participants an inside view of these practices through the use of videos, transcripts, and performances of the work. Our hope is that this event will re-ignite your sense of curiosity and passion for what is possible in this work.
Sanni Paljakka is a narrative therapist who works at Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Tom Stone Carlson is a faculty member at the North Dakota State University and draws on narrative ideas in his teaching, supervision, and therapy practice. Both Sanni and Tom have been captivated by narrative ideas and their capacity to restore honor and beauty to people’s lives. After a chance meeting at a narrative therapy conference, they discovered a shared interest in practices that seek to place beauty at the center of their work with others; Sanni through her innovative use of poetry and Tom through his use of art and performance. These ‘strange companions’ have discovered that their different backgrounds and contexts have lead to a spirited, playful, and enlivening energy that draws their audiences into a lively relationship with narrative ideas and with one another.
General Public: $125
SCCC alumni: $100
Non-SCCC Pre-Licensed: $75
Current SCCC counselors/supervisors: Free – Email Robbyn to RSVP!