NISD is a counseling, training and research center in San Diego, developed in the context of a diverse, urban, border city and working in collaboration with an integrative health center. Michael White had come to help us launch this center when he passed away. We have continued our work over the decade, becoming more focused on integrative health and embodied cultural narratives. We have a commitment to a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes ‘wellness’ for ourselves and our clients, including the intersection of relational, cultural, and physical dimensions of living.
As a counseling center informed by Narrative epistemologies and practices, we provide high quality, affordable, multi-cultural, socially-informed, mental health services to low-income, uninsured, underserved and marginalized populations and in a variety of languages including Chinese, English, Farsi, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Vietnamese.
As a training & research center we believe that training in Narrative epistemologies and practices, when learned through linking our lives over years, provides a rich ‘lived experience’ that supports a physiology of wellness and the ability to do this kind of work. Many of the students who have been introduced at an entry level to Narrative ideas in the San Diego State University (SDSU) MFT program become active members of our Narrative Immersion Training Model™ — meeting weekly, over many years, through the structure of traineeships, internships, licensed practices, supervision, professional development trainings and social activism.
About Re-authoring Teaching
Re-authoring Teaching is a consortium of narrative practice teachers, practitioners and enthusiasts from around the world who promote training and professional development in a narrative approach to therapy, organizational, and community work. We began shortly after Michael’s passing as an online study group guided by the vision of becoming an island of belonging where people drawn to narrative practice and other collaborative approaches could find each other across geographic distance and build a learning community that transcends geography, professional status, and other differences. Over the last decade, Re-authoring Teaching has evolved into a mission-driven non-profit organization seeking to embody a spirit of collaboration and community in endeavors preserving, developing, and extending the legacy of narrative therapy.
The website and its offerings draws from — and extends — discoveries explored in the book, Re-authoring Teaching: Creating a Collaboratory by Peggy Sax: to consult with each other, bring multiple voices into our teaching and learning, and learn about life experiences from people who seek our services. We aspire to develop innovative uses of technology in Creating aTeaching ColLABoratory, as a counterstory to the narrative of technology as frustrating and distracting. Whether in person or online, Re-authoring Teaching remains deeply committed to the spreading of narrative training for practitioners—in addition to an increasingly emphasized focus on cultivating the development and flourishing of highly skilled and experienced educators of narrative practices so that the integrity and legacy of the form is sustained well into the future. We currently offer a range of in-person and online training options to foster interactive and dynamic learning including The Collab Salon, Online Courses, Faculty Offerings, Workshops & Narrative Camp, and Higher Education. Please visit our website, Youtube Channel and Facebook Page to learn more!
It takes a global village to create a learning community. We simply could not have developed our website, training opportunities and resources without the help of Our Partners. Together we are co-creating collaborative working relationships and building community based on shared commitments to enact wider narrative therapy principles such as collaboration, transparency, and social justice. As we continue to generate collaborative training ventures with existing and new partners, a whole world of possibilities is emerging. It is with this spirit that we joined NISD to co-host this Narrative Gathering and build on the legacy of Michael White.