Many clients come to us when their sense of self has become depleted, when they are feeling empty and desolate. The task of helping people reinvigorate their sense of self is helped by understanding the private language and internal images that underlie our experience of identity.
What's Covered in A305 Transforming Inner Life:
- The origins of the language of inner life.
- A narrative approach to creating therapeutic responses that will redevelop this language of inner life, and that will provide a foundation for people to proceed with their lives.
- Approaches to re-authoring conversations, outsider-witness retellings, and practices of the written word.
- The concepts that William James and Lev Vygotsky developed on the processes of identity formation.
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A305 Transforming Inner Life:
A Narrative Approach
- The role of re-authoring conversations in the development of the narrative of self
- Outside-witness practices--the vital contribution of the "audience" to the re-development of the language of inner life
- "Scaffolding" therapeutic conversations
- Traversing the space between the "known and familiar" and what is possible to know about one's life and identity
- Practices of the written word
- The documentation of narratives of self and the socio-historical context of these narratives
Meet Presenter Michael White, BASW
Michael White, B.A.S.W., is co-director of the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, South Australia, and co-author of Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends.