Our Gathering will be held in Coronado, CA in March 2018 and will span two and half days. We hope it will be an experience where therapists, students, and professionals from other disciplines come together in honor of Michael’s influence and contribution to the practices of Narrative Therapy and share new developments in the field over the past decade. Our agenda includes six themes designed to spark interest, conversation and rich interactions amongst all attendees. More details will be posted in the coming weeks outlining the additional topics and conversational formats for the sharing and construction of knowledge.

At the close of each day, you will be invited to take part in a Wellness Activity of your choosing, including yoga, meditation, biking, a walking tour, kayaking and much more.

March 28:

  • Theme 1 (9am-12pm): Honoring Michael and The Legacy Project: Reflections from David Epston on the history of Narrative Therapy and the legacy of Michael White, with a video introduction of Michael White’s work by Tom Stone Carlson
    • Opportunity for participants to share their own reflections on Michael’s influence in small groups
  • Lunch (12-1 pm)
  • Theme 2 (1-4pm): Local and Global Contexts introduced by Jan Ewing & Peggy Sax and Narrative Developments within multicultural contexts by Marcela Polanco
    • Interest Groups (participants will choose one to attend):
      • Hispano-parlantes Panel – speaker list forthcoming
      • Working with Refugee Communities with Navid Zamani & others
      • Social Activism led by Margaret Slaska
      • Narrative Therapy Elsewhere led by Peggy Sax & Jehanzeb Baldiwala
  • Wellness Activities (4-5 pm, choose from yoga, biking, water sports and more)
  • Beach Bonfire in Coronado (5-7 pm)
  • Dinner on your own

March 29:

  • Theme 3 (9am-12pm): Embodied Identities Part 1: Integrative Health with Jan Ewing and Ron Estes
    • Interest Groups (participants will choose one to attend):
      • Psychiatry and Collaborative Health led by SuEllen Hamkins
      • Em-bodied Conversations led by Lynne Rosen
      • Narrative practices & Autism led by Courtney Olinger & Jehanzeb Baldiwala
      • Sexual Health led by Mike Giancola
  • Lunch (12-1pm)
  • Theme 4 (1-4pm): Embodied Identities Part 2: Shifting Metaphors with Danielle Drake and Shoshana Simons
    • Interest Groups (participants will choose one to attend):
      • The Affective Turn led by Gerald Monk and Navid Zamani
      • Expressive & Performative Arts led by Danielle Drake & Shoshana Simons
      • Narrative & HipHop led by Travis Heath
      • Insider Witness Practices led by David Epston & Tom Stone Carlson
  • Wellness Activities (4-5 pm, choose from yoga, biking, water sports and more)
  • Dinner on your own

March 30:

  • Theme 5 (9:00-10:30 am): Conversations Around Race & Culture: Building Communities of Relating with Travis Heath and others
  • Break (10:30-11:00)
    • Continued Developments Interest Groups (11:00-12:30):
      • Education & Supervision with Sarah Kahn
      • Narrative Immersion TrainingTM
      • Additional group(s) forthcoming
  • Final Wrap Up (12:30-1pm)

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