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.
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.
Practicing Narrative Mediation provides mediation practitioners with practical narrative approaches that can be applied to a wide variety of conflict resolution situations. Written by John Winslade and Gerald Monk—leaders in the narrative therapy movement—the book contains suggestions and illustrative examples for applying the proven narrative technique when working with restorative conferencing and mediation in organizations, schools, health care, divorce cases, employer and employee problems, and civil and international conflicts. Practicing Narrative Mediation also explores the most recent research available on discursive positioning and exposes the influence of the moment-to-moment factors that are... More info
This resource includes stories of hope in response to a national crisis. Stories from families who, despite suffering for their kids, have managed to get them back Stories from foster parents who are fostering not only children but also relationships and pride Stories from child protection workers whose honesty is creating trust in the shadow of the stolen generations and who are prioritising the safety of children through focusing on solutions and partnerships. Across Australia, Aboriginal families and communities are facing a crisis. The statistics for how many... More info
This book is overflowing with writings from a diversity of women about their own lives and the women with whom they work. The papers, stories and interviews contained here will be of direct relevance to anyone working with women. This moving and practical collection will, we hope, stimulate conversations and be meaningful and helpful to anyone working with the stories of women's lives. More info