Practice to make a difference.

Aboriginal Narrative Practice: Honouring Storylines Of Pride, Strength And Creativity

This book shares stories of creative inventions by Aboriginal narrative therapists and community workers, including the ‘Shame Mat’, the ‘Language Tree of Life’, ‘Conversations with Lateral Violence’, and ‘Narrative community gatherings’. These significant innovations are expanding the field of narrative practice, not only in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts, but also across cultures and internationally.

Significantly, this book also illustrates how narrative practices are being used by Aboriginal communities to decolonise identity stories, to move beyond mental health labels, and to step out of missionary rules and closets of shame.

In this book you will find moving stories from individuals who are finding ways to have conversations with those who have passed on, or who are undertaking profound journeys away from the effects of alcohol and abuse. You will also read descriptions of community projects in which hard-won knowledge and skills in surviving injustices are being shared across communities and oceans.

We invite you to see narrative practice through Aboriginal eyes. This is both spiritual and political practice.

Contents:

  • Introducing the authors
  • About this book
  • Part 1: setting the context: Aboriginal narrative practice
  • Chapter 1: Carrying the flag and wiping the shame away – An interview with Kerry Major by Barbara Wingard
  • Chapter 2: Reclaiming lives and language through the Tree of Life – Carolynanha Johnson
  • Chapter 3: Decolonising identity stories: Narrative practice through Aboriginal eyes – Tileah Drahm-Butler
  • Part 2: Lateral violence
  • Chapter 4: A conversation with lateral violence – Barbara Wingard
  • Chapter 5: Creating and sharing stories to heal our spirits (and weaken lateral violence) - Barbara Wingard
  • Part 3: Political practice and decolonisation
  • Chapter 6: Our practice is political - Tileah Drahm-Butler
  • Chapter 7: Stepping out of missionary rules and closets of shame - Carolynanha Johnson
  • Part 4: Re-membering
  • Chapter 8: Having a yarn with those who have passed on: Seeing ourselves through their eyes - Carolynanha Johnson
  • Part 5: Talking about sex
  • Chapter 9: Aboriginal people talking about sex - Tileah Drahm-Butler
  • Chapter 10: Good stories of talking about sex - Carolynanha Johnson
  • Part 6: Narrative community gatherings - An Aboriginal invention
  • Chapter 11: Reclaiming our stories, reclaiming our lives: The story of the first narrative gathering – Tim Agius
  • Part 7: Linking communities
  • Chapter 12: Linking stories and initiatives: A narrative approach to working with the skills and knowledge of communities
  • Chapter 13: Stories of pride: Linking the experience of Aboriginal Australian, African-American, Latino and Native American communities – Barbara Wingard

Author Bio:

Barbara Wingard is a senior Kaurna Elder who has been involved with narrative ideas since 1994.

Carolynanha Johnson is a Adnyamathanha woman from the Norther Flinders Ranges is South Australia and currently works as a counsellor and educator at the cancer council SA.

Tileah Drahm-Butler is a Durumbal woman who lives in Kuranda, Far North Queensland. A social worker at Cairns Hospital, a member of Dulwich centre teaching faculty, and a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Aboriginal Narrative Practice: Honouring Storylines Of Pride, Strength And Creativity $49.00 Add to Cart

Customers who Purchased this item also purchased

  • Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families

    Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families

    by Michael White and Alice Morgan

    This long-awaited book brings together two popular authors - Michael White and Alice Morgan. Here they share stories from their counselling practice with children and their families and provide explanations of the thinking that shapes these conversations. Detailed explanations are provided of externalising practices, scaffolding conversations, ways of inviting significant others to act as an audience to consultations with children, and considerations relating to the position of the therapist. Moving and amusing stories of work with children and their families are also included and the following questions are considered: When... More info

    $34.95 Add to Cart
  • Collective Narrative Practice

    Collective Narrative Practice

    by David Denborough

    This book introduces a range of hopeful methodologies to respond to individuals, groups and communities who are experiencing hardship. These approaches are deliberately easy to engage with and can be used with children, young people and adults. The methodologies described include: Collective narrative documents, Enabling contributions through exchanging messages and convening definitional ceremonies, *The Tree of Life*: responding to vulnerable children, *The Team of Life*: giving young people a sporting chance, Checklists of social and psychological resistance, Collective narrative timelines, Maps of history, and Songs of sustenance. ... More info

    $42.35 Add to Cart
  • Narrative Therapy: An Introduction for Counsellors Second Edition (soft cover)

    Narrative Therapy: An Introduction for Counsellors Second Edition (soft cover)

    by Martin Payne

    Narrative Therapy: An Introduction for Counsellors, Second Edition, offers a clear and concise overview of this way of working without oversimplifying its theoretical underpinnings and practices. Narrative therapy places peoples' accounts of their lives and relationships at the heart of the therapeutic process. Its main premise is that the telling and re-telling of experience by means of guided questioning can facilitate changed, more realistic perspectives, and open up possibilities for the person seeking assistance to position him- or herself more helpfully in relation to the issues brought to therapy. Drawing on... More info

    $81.00 Add to Cart