Narrative Therapy

Friday & Saturday August 19 & 20, 2016 (10-3pm)

There is great power in listening attentively, reflecting on what is communicated in life stories of illness and suffering. This technique supports the client in viewing his or her illness and problems from a different perspective. Narrative therapy assists the client in hearing and understanding his or her own story, and how illness has become part of the story and the identity.

Participants will explore:

Skills for listening, reflecting and discussing cases with clients and colleagues

To understand the relationships between illness and personal lives; the importance of uncovering the emotional, sociocultural, psychological and political components that often are the deepest roots of illness.

The stories that guide our lives and the lives of our clients

The roles do we play in our relationships—love, work, family, friends

For whom do we play out these stories

How stories nourish or lead us into pain

How we can change our stories to move toward greater happiness and balance

Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Lewis’ goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions.