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Documenting Stories Workshop


Fri 21 May 2010, 9:00am–3:00pm
Sat 22 May 2010, 9:00am–3:00pm

Where: University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Creative use of narrative therapy in work with children and young people, a 2 day workshop presented by Nikki Evans.

Founded by Michael White and David Epston, the narrative approach to working with people includes an acknowledgement of the power of language, social norms and cultural knowledge inherent in societies.

Individual experiences occur within a social milieu and are defined and redefined within this context. White and Epston suggest that stories created about individual experiences are told and retold to those people and others. The stories capture an individual's experience of themselves, their past experience of events, relationships and so on. These factors make stories a very powerful influence on the ways in which a person lives their life.

People experience things in their lives that cannot be undone. The meanings that are attributed to the event influence the impact that the event has on the person's life. The narrative therapy technique of re-authoring involves identifying and co-creating an alternative story of an individual's identity. Creating ways to work with children and young people are explored and practised within the two sessions.

Presented as a part of the University of Canterbury's Platform Arts Festival 2010, a dynamic 11 day extravaganza of art, lectures, theatre, music and film.

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