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Date:2008-12; Dated: Jul.-Dec. 2008




Mental Health Services -- Australia, Central -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Mental Health -- Periodicals

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Mental Health Association of Central Australia

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Alice Springs


no. 18

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49 Narrative Theory derives from The Dulwich Centre, an independent centre in Adelaide involved in narrative approaches to therapy, community work & psychosocial support. Key points ... Presented by three key staff from the Dulwich Centre Cheryl White, Barbara Wingard and David Denborough the key points of the training were: u Key principles of narrative therapy in relation to responding to individuals who have experienced trauma. u Collective narrative methodologies for use with groups and communities who have endured significant hardship. u Participation in the creation of collective narrative documents, definitional ceremony and song. Resources: The Tree of Life: A narrative approach to respond to vulnerable children - Developed in Southern Africa by David Denborough and Ncazelo Ncube, this tool is used to enable children to speak about their lives in ways that make them stronger. It provides a forum for children to speak collectively about the difficulties they are experiencing, and to share stories and ideas about ways of responding to these difficulties. It is now being used with children in a range of countries and also within a number of indigenous Australian communities. What Sustains you Through Hard Times - This book follows a 6-step narrative approach to collecting and sharing individual, family, group &/or community stories and skills for surviving traumatic and difficult times. Here all attendees shared experiences of hard times, with an explanation of what helped them through those times. These stories were prepared on the first day of training. The second day we all came together to hear everyones thoughts, whether it be by way of poem, drawing or song. David who had compiled a song from these stories called Amazing Spirit sung this to us on the second day. The training provided people with many different ways to help and support people who lived traumatic experiences. The view was generally from a group perspective but various resources could be molded into a one on one basis. I found this workshop very informative and would consider using an approach which could be further developed and used in the future. X For more information visit www.dulwichcentre.com.au Narrative Therapy Workshop ... Responding to Hardship & Trauma 11-12 August 2008 On the 11-12 August 2008, Danielle and I attended The Narrative Therapy Workshop Responding to Hardship and Trauma at The Alice Springs Desert Park. This workshop was provided by The General Practice Network NT, especially designed for counsellors, social workers, psychologists, therapists, educators and community workers. The aim of this workshop was to provide tools or narrative approaches to counselling and community work for children and adults who have experienced traumatic and difficult lives. by Donna Ormsby The Tree of Life Book You can ... Follow the Path of Others to Success You can learn from other people to make up for your lack of experience in any area of life. Be open and receptive to people around you. They have things to teach you. Take advantage of the people that have made the journey ahead of you. Try to pick the right role models. Dont look for people that make you feel good or entertain you. Look for people that can help you. Role models are more than people you like and admire. The key is to look for people that will help you to feel and be more successful. You can learn from the mistakes of others. You can learn different approaches to overcoming challenges. Learning what not to do is as important as learning what to do. Success depends on using not opposing. Anon

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