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IAMFT 2019 Annual Spring Conference

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IAMFT 2019 Annual Spring Conference


Christian Theological Seminary students, faculty, staff, and supervisors can register for FREE!



IAMFT 2019 Spring Conference

Narrative therapy is based on the notion that we make meaning of our lives through the stories we live out as we interact with each other. These stories are shaped and constrained by the stories that are carried in our social, political, and interpersonal contexts--the narratives of myths, movies, novels, TV ads, fairy tales, and family legends. The ideas in our culture that we take for granted as "reality" are carried in stories; we learn the standards by which we measure ourselves and each other through stories we see and hear and tell each other.

People often come to therapy when they have a sense of being stuck in stories in which they don't measure up on some cultural scale of performance, or in stories that restrict the possibilities they can perceive for a better life. Our work is based in helping people experience some of the alternative story lines that already exist in their lives that have been overshadowed or forgotten-stories with themes and plots that are in line with more empowering, more satisfying, more hope-filled futures, stories that engage people around their values and spirituality. Such stories are always there if we look for them. When found and brought to life, they can let people experience and take credit for the knowledge, skills, and abilities that they have forgotten about or taken for granted. These stories offer transformation and hope.

This training will provide an overview of narrative therapy, familiarizing participants with the narrative worldview as well as some of the basic practices. There will be a wealth of examples. Participants will have the chance to practice crafting questions to generate experience and make meaning, thus creating the opportunity for transformation and hope.



Workshop leader:

Jill Freedman, MSW, the Co-director of Evanston Family Therapy Center, has co-authored more than 30 papers, book chapters, and several books, including: Symbol, Story and Ceremony: Using Metaphor in Individual and Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy: The Social Construction of Preferred Realities, and Narrative Therapy with Couples. She is international faculty for the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, and teaches in the Masters Program in Narrative Therapy and Community Work offered by Dulwich Centre and the University of Melbourne, where she is an honorary clinical fellow. She is also on the faculty of the Chicago Center for Family Health. She received the Award for Teaching Excellence in the Field of Narrative Therapy from the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy in 2014 and with Gene Combs, received the Award for Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy from the American Family Therapy Academy in 2009. She teaches and consults to organizations internationally.



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