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Check out below the eagerly anticipated last two Collab Salons of the year: Emerging Narrative Initiatives from Around the World (Sunday, November 21, 2021) and An Introduction to Narcissism and Narcissistic Abuse through a Narrative Lens (Sunday, December 19, 2021). If you need Continuing Education credit, you can sign up to earn 18 CEs for attending and/or viewing the entire Collab Salon 2021 Series.

NEWS FLASH! Registration is now open for the Collab Salon 2022 Series!  We've also gotten approval for 18 Alliant CEs for the 2022 series

 In this USA season of thanks giving, we wish to express gratitude to all who are joining our Collab Salons as presenters and participants. Anyone from any discipline and level of experience interested in learning more about narrative practices can join us. When possible, please become a member to help us cover our expenses. Members can also watch the recording at your convenience in our Library of Past Salons.

We always meet on the third Sunday of the month 4:00 - 5:30 pm New York time. Remember the USA is now off of daylight savings time, so please double check your local time.

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November 21st, 2021 Collab Salon


Jehanzeb Baldiwala & Raviraj Shetty (Bombay, India), Alfonso Diaz (Mexico City, Mexico),Sonja Bar-Am, Terry Callahan &  Mark Byrne (Adelaide Narrative Therapy Collective), Charley Lang (Los Angeles, California USA) & Peggy Sax (Vermont USA)

Sunday,  November 21st, 2021 Collab Salon

4:00-5:30 pm New York time

How will narrative practice sustain and transform in the coming years and decades? While honoring our mentors, we take delight in the emergence of newer voices within a generation of narrative practitioners. Here we bring together voices from around the world to learn more from them about their narrative initiatives. We first brought this group together as reflectors for the online course Rich Story Development in Action: 3 Live interviews with Maggie Carey. Now they are coming back to share more of an insider view of how they are going about making their dreams into realities.

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December 19, 2021 Collab Salon


Barbara (B) Herring: (Los Angeles, California)

Sunday,  December  19, 2021 Collab Salon

4:00-5:30 pm New York time

This conversation will be an introduction to Narcissism and Narcissistic Abuse using a Narrative Lens. My hope is that this introduction will be able to help clinicians notice when they may have a client who has been victimized by a narcissistic person, while listening to the experiences and feelings that the client describes. This introduction also aims to offer clinicians some new language to more precisely describe and discuss the most notable signs of this type of abuse – isolation, gaslighting, triangulation, and coercive control. 

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Registration Now Open
Collab Salon Series 2022
18 Alliant CE Credits Approved! 

Check out our Collab Salon 2022 monthly Schedule! This year, we selected presenters with topics particularly relevant to our 11 Hot Topics and 1 burning topic for the New Decade. Please try out our Search! We’ve added all seven years of Past Salons as well as the coming year. Type in whom or what you are looking for, and see what you find.

Alliant International University has approved 18 CE credits for attending and/or viewing each yearly series. Members wishing to earn CEs, can pay an additional $40 (per year) and then follow the instructions toward receiving the CE certificate at the end of the calendar year.

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January 16, 2022: Beyond Deconstruction: A Compositionist Narrative Therapy 

With Chris Hoff & Justine D’Arrigo (Southern California, USA)

What’s getting in the way of curiosity these days? When Justine and Chris recently published  Beyond Critique: Composition and Curiosity in Therapy as a “book emerging” by Thick Press, they knew they were onto something of shared intrigue when it sold out. With social explanations becoming privileged in academic and family therapy circles, how might a narrative therapist working under the influence of critical theory and political projects maintain the link to the experience-near while maintaining critical proximity? In this Collab Salon, they will share how the work of Bruno Latour, Judith Butler, and Ana Louise Keating got them thinking beyond deconstruction, and the limitations of identity politics toward what they are calling a compositionist narrative therapy.

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February 20, 2022 Collab Salon: Authoring Your Life: Narrative Practices with Writing

With Sarah Hughes (Nelson, BC) & Stephen Gaddis (Boston, MA)

What does it mean to “author your life?”  Like all things, the phrase has no fixed meaning.  It is just a collection of words.  For us, the phrase takes us to the politics of meaning-making and calls into question who has the rights to claim authorship of anything.  We stand in support of the idea that you have special authorship rights when it comes to whatever it is that matters to you, whether that is your personal identity, events that have taken place in your life, or a project that you are taking up and care about.  Writing what you think and feel, and why, in your unique way is precious and no one has any right to demean or diminish it.  No one else has a right to evaluate what you think or how you express it.  They can share the effects that it has on them or take a different position, but they don’t get to cast judgement on the legitimacy of your position or the quality of your expression.

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March 20, 2022: Co-sparking Conversations Across Narrative Generations 

With Peggy Sax (Vermont, USA), Akansha Vaswani (Seattle Washington, USA) & Trishala Kanakia (Kolkata, India)

How can we develop working relationships across narrative generations to become mentors to each other? What are some of the fresh ideas and different nuances persons from different generations are adapting to narrative practices from their cultural and historical contexts? This gathering brings together two narrative practitioners  in conversation across narrative generations. Akansha will interview Peggy Sax, a narrative therapist and Founder of Re-authoring Teaching and Trishala Kanakia, a fairly new narrative therapist and the Re-authoring Teaching Assistant. We hope to spark ideas about how narrative practices are being applied in diverse work contexts and also to highlight the fresh and different nuances each practitioner may bring in as they use the practices with their know-hows, wisdoms and adaptations.

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April 17, 2022 Collab Salon: Letter as Threshold: Inhabiting Metaphor in Narrative Letter Writing Practices 

With Randy Nelson & Akansha Vaswani (Seattle, Washington, USA)

We live through the narrative metaphor, yet many of us as Narrative Therapists find ourselves lost when invitations to metaphor beckon at the edges of our therapeutic conversations.  From the forgiving editorial space of Narrative letters, this presentation invites participants to identify, expand, and inhabit metaphor to externalize problems, develop unique outcomes, and recruit an appreciative audience.  Akansha and Randy will share some of the metaphor-centered letters they’ve written and invite participants to begin exploring metaphor in text while collaboratively resisting the gravitational pull of Cleverness that sometimes keeps pen from paper.

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May 15 2022: Fiction as Witnessing Practices 

With Christoffer Haugaard (Aalborg, Denmark) & David Epston (Auckland, New Zealand)

Irene (trauma survivor) and Christoffer Haugaard (psychologist) developed a practice of witnessing in relation to Irene’s alter ego in fictionalized life stories. This developed out of necessity in order to address an intensely traumatic life history and powerful identity conclusions that were out of reach for regular conversation. The approach that we developed used two essential survival strategies from Irene’s childhood: Her invention of an alter ego and her imagination of having an audience to the injustices in her life. Over time, these practices became the central structure of our collaboration. In this Collab Salon, Christoffer will describe this practice with examples and present Irene’s account of the effects.

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June 19th, 2022: Centering Diversity and Identity in Narrative Practices: The BIPOC Community 

With Akansha Vaswani-Bye (Seattle, Washington, USA), Mona Klausing, Shuo Yuan, Ingrid Guerrieri, Candea Mosley (San Diego, California)

In July 2020, the BIPOC narrative community was launched with the intention of providing narrative practitioners of color a supportive space to discuss “local” ideas, innovative practices, amplify one another’s work, and process their experiences. The community organizers also hoped to mentor and support newer narrative practitioners, and practitioners working in spaces that did not privilege narrative ideas or postmodern therapy practices. As the community enters its second year, planning committee members Mona, Ingrid, Candea, Shuo, and Akansha will share lessons learned and their hopes for how they envision the community will grow and be sustained in the future.

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July 17, 2022 Collab Salon: Therapeutic Conversations That Explore How A Person Wishes To Die 

With Sasha Pilkington (Auckland, New Zealand)

In this Collab, Sasha would like to discuss some of what she has been learning since The End of Life Choice Act came into effect in Aotearoa New Zealand. This law gives New Zealander’s living with a life ending illness the option of hastening their death should they be in the last six months of their life. Harbour hospice where she works provides palliative care that aims to alleviate suffering for people living with a life ending, life threatening illness, and their families. Sasha will facilitate a conversation about narrative practices that might be helpful when a person is contemplating how they want to die, and an exchange with others who may have had experience in this area of practice.

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August 21, 2022 Childhood Stealing & Learning How to Apply David Epston's Inventions

With Kay Ingamells & David Epston (Auckland, New Zealand)

David Epston has invented many imaginative, and startlingly successful ways of disappearing problems for children and young people, which he has documented in stories from his practice in many publications. This Collab revives David Epston’s longstanding work with the problem of stealing, primarily with young people, which he developed in the last 70s/early 80s.

A New Series: Illustrating with recent examples from her own practice with children and young people, Kay presented our August 15, 2021 Collab Salon Temper Tantrum Parties & Learning How to Apply David Epston’s Inventions and showed us how she has been successful in just two sessions. We now offer this application as the second in our series  applying David Epstons's Inventions to Disappear Problems. 

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September 18, 2022: Getting Kicked Out of School & Redeeming Your Reputation 

With David Epston & Kay Ingamells (Auckland NZ)

David Epston has invented many imaginative, and startlingly successful ways of disappearing problems for children and young people, which he has documented in stories from his practice in many publications. While the August 2022 Collab focuses on reviving David’s longstanding work with the problem of stealing, this  complementary Collab will introduce an approach for those young people who have been stood down or have been threatened with expulsion from their high school.

 We now offer this application as the third in our series  applying David Epstons's Inventions to Disappear Problems. 

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October 16, 2022: A Response to the Hegemony of Standard English: Storying Lives Bilingually Across Languages

With Mu-Lan Chau, Mohammed Darbi, Eureka Frazier, Jose Alvaro Guerrero, Ingrid Guerrieri, Lodovica Guidarelli, Jenny Leverman, marcela polanco (Confederación Muisca, Colombia/Kumeyaay Territory, USA), Carlos A. Ramos, Meg Rogers, Eureka Vaughn and Navid Zamani. 

We are advocates for justice in language rights. Through our explorations of bilingualism we address the hegemony of standard English. We speak from the perspectives of our languages: Black Talk/Ebonics/Slang, Farsi, Fenglish, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Chilean Spanish, Colombian Spanglish, Spanglish, Colloquial Spanish, and standard English. We discuss efforts to respond to various linguistic landscapes from the vantage point of our lived experiences and practices in the United States. We explore ways to integrate languages through improvisation and creativity, beyond the lexical and grammatical rules of a language. We hope to describe our response to standard English to co-exist in the creative use of inter-lingual lives that seek to ensure that the juxtaposition of English therapeutic and daily-life landscapes is integrated into various settings. We discuss the contextual, relational, therapeutic, and training potential offered by bilingualism across various languages as well as the necessary transmutations in theory and practice.

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November 20, 2022: Improv Narrative: Saying “Yes, And” in Narrative Therapy and Social Work Across the Globe

With Elena Baskina (Moscow, New York & Miami) Masha Tiunova (Moscow) and Kitty Thatcher (Inverell, NSW,Australia/Santiago, Chile).

The principles of improv theater (making your partner look and feel good, counting on chaos and uncertainty, showing up for the moment) seem to be relevant to the current collective moment where there is still a lot of uncertainty. We became curious whether improv wisdom ideas and practices can go hand in hand with narrative therapy, counseling contexts and community work. We decided to talk to narrative practitioners from all over the world about their experiences around improvisation. This Salon will showcase the highlights of those conversations, provide space for reflections and new practices to emerge and, hopefully, give us an opportunity to play some improv games relevant to our work contexts.

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December 18, 2022: The X-Powers Project: Calling Up Super-Powers and Wonderment, to Subvert Seemingly Stuck Stories

With  Daniel Angus & Marko Turner (Sydney, Australia)

This Salon will showcase highlights from our shared passion project of several years: the scouring for and nurturance of those unique client superpowers that can encourage courageous imaginations.  Building on the centrality of the narrative practice pantheon, we will share our uses of imaginative Know-How and inspirations from Narrative Therapy Wonderland. Client story examples will include, officiating mother-daughter family reunions, the case of the talking shower cricket, the protest power of panic attacks, and the giant misunderstood tarantula.

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