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‘And therein lies a tale’: an introduction to narrative psychology

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

  • What is narrative psychology? 
  • How can ideas from narrative psychology assist our clinical work?  
  • How do notions of story and story-telling help psychotherapists?   
  • How can we help our clients to move beyond stuck, repetitive and ‘thin’ accounts of themselves into richer descriptions and expanded narratives?    
  • How do narrative ideas help us to understand narrative identities as arising from and within modern social discourse and contexts? 

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. To be familiar with the main principles of narrative psychology.  
  2. To understand the ways in which narrative psychology sheds light on socioemotional development in children.
  3. To understand how principles of narrative psychology can be applied to psychotherapy and counselling.
  4. To be able to better examine your own professional discourses and the wider influence of the narratives of society.    

Outline  

This workshop is an introduction to narrative psychology and its varied sources in philosophy, literature and child development.  The ‘talking cure’ as proposed by ‘Anna O’ was initially centred on stories; later Freud worried about the reception of his theories and their scientific basis. 100 years or so later, in Australia, White and Epston, gave birth to ‘narrative therapy’, an approach consonant with post-modern times and values.  

Martin argues that narrative approaches, broadly seen, combined with psychodynamic sensitivity, are powerful ways of connecting to the life-worlds, struggles and achievements of our clients.  Narrative change is an important and inevitable dimension of human change, particularly in the wake of life transitions or periods of adversity.   

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical Psychologist, Group Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches.    

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd June 2021. 

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