marcela polanco from Our Lady of the Lake University was our featured guest for the September Collab Salon. After overcoming some initial techno difficulties, we engaged in a discussion about a question Michael White raised in his work “How is it that people pull the materials of culture together to form an identity and a life, and of the processes by which these cultural knowledges and practices are reworked in people’s expressions of living?” (White, 2001). We focused on the complex ways in which culture shapes the oral traditions that support the fabrication of stories and the assembling of our lives in turn.

Marcela’s  work emphasizes the importance of honoring the cultural integrity of stories by recognizing cultural difference between the person of the therapist and the consultant. She situated the discussion in a narrative therapy framework informed by traditions of her own cultural upbringing in Colombia, including the literary genre of magical realism; and her experiences with bilingualism as an immigrant in the U.S.

Thank you marcela- and to all who participated. I’m in awe of what we are co-creating from across the globe.

Below are materials associated with this Collab Salon as well as the recording of our meeting. We welcome you to add comments. These materials are only available to Collab Salon members.

TEDx San Antonio Salon

Coloring Narrative Therapy’s Solidarity

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 6.26.36 AM Coloring Narrative Therapy’s Solidarity from The Dulwich Centre Friday Afternoon  Video Archive is available in both English and Spanish. If you scroll down on the same page, you can also access the paper by marcela and David Epston: Polanco, M. & Epston, D. (2009) Tales of travels across language: Languages and their anti-languages. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 4: 62-71.

Recording of September 2015 Collab Salon