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  •  June 12, 2017 - June 13, 2017
     8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Extending the histories of narrative practice: Creating spaces for emerging approaches

with Lynne Rosen, LCSW, David Paré, PhD  and Ian Percy, PhD.

Narrative practices have evolved in many ways over the decades in response to changing professional, social and cultural contexts. The founders of the Narrative Therapy approach, the late Michael White and David Epston, gave voice to the  hope and intention that we would continue to try out different modes of inquiry, come up with new practices, and integrate these cherished ways of being with people that fit with our own local experiences and socio-political contexts.

This two-day workshop builds on our deep respect for the evolution of Narrative Therapy  while creating spaces for an interplay with other treasured approaches. Please join Lynne, David and Ian as they honor their narrative roots while bringing together EMDR, somatic-oriented therapies, mindfulness practices and the storylines of our lives. 

  • Registration: $300 (regular) or $235 (student/fixed income)
  • For an additional $20, sign up for 12 Continuing Education credits from Alliant International University

Faculty_Circle_Lynn_RosenDay One: Em-BODY-ing Conversations: Integrating EMDR and somatic-oriented practices with a Narrative Approach 
Lynne Rosen, LCSW
June 12, 2017

Having started her training in a milieu that offered movement therapy, art therapy and psychodrama, Lynne’s appreciation for approaches that accessed wisdom outside of spoken language and story, has always been close at hand.

The intention of this day-long workshop is to explore how we can put language and understanding around an integration that resonates both practically and philosophically, and that supports the social construction of identities and the politics of experience, while escaping recruitment into interiority ideas and binaries of body/mind, inside/outside, thinking/feeling and resources/deficits.

Through didactic presentation, experiential exercises and client tales, we will explore what becomes possible when we create different kinds of scaffolding using sensations, images and memories in non-discursive ways. What alternative forms of meaning making emerge that helps to re-contextualize dilemmas? How do we engage other relational stories, told by the habits and expressions of the body? How do Narrative Therapy practices influence how we use other modalities? What keeps us connected to curiosity, invitation, transparency, and client authorship, while resisting taking up expert ways of knowing?

Severe and early trauma seems to rob clients of memories and cast sensations, images and memories as the enemy, and can disconnect people from what has shaped moral virtues, intentions, and a sense of “myself” across time. We will explore how integrating alternative approaches can make visible the complexities of lived experiences, allowing for the discovery of different metaphors, new associations and a shift in a felt sense of bodily experiences. These discoveries help reinvigorate a re-connection with moral virtues, a language for inner life, and new possibilities for action and movement in accordance with cherished intentions, values, hopes, dreams, beliefs, purposes and commitments.

When the language of sensations, images, and memories are engaged in this way, people—with child-like creativity—connect with real and imagined allies, responsibility for abuse is assigned where it belongs, and preferred solutions and subordinate stories emerge. This sense of “aliveness” and agency creates new possibilities for relating.

(This workshop will draw form the work of Russell Meares, Lev Vygotsky, Micahel White, David Epston, Tom Andersen, Johnella Bird, Bessel Van der Kolk, Kenneth Gergen, Sandra Paulsen, Katie O’Shea, and Pat Ogden)

Faculty_Circle_David_PareFaculty_Circle_Ian_PercyDay two: Narrative and Mindfulness: Attending to the Personal, the Relational and the Contextual

David Paré, PhD and Ian Percy, PhD
June 13, 2017

David Paré and Ian Percy will explore the similarities and differences between narrative practices and mindfulness. With its focus on attending to lived experience in the here and now, mindfulness offers many creative possibilities for enriching Narrative Therapy. The workshop will present various ways in which an embodied mindful awareness may be integrated with storied meaning-making. At the same time, the fine-grained questions at the center of narrative work can enhance mindfulness practices through, for example, focusing on thickening descriptions of desired skills and the consolidation of preferred values. This training will be facilitated through a variety of methods including guided mindfulness practices, narrative exercises, videos of therapy and group discussions. Key literature will be sent to participants prior to the workshop.
With their shared backgrounds in both traditions, this workshop with David Paré and Ian Percy promises to be a generative examination of the integrative possibilities for mindfulness and Narrative Therapy.


Please review our Honoring history/bridging with other approaches Curated Resource Page for a range of multi-media resources. A number of Youtubes and articles are available to everyone; other resources require  The Collab Salon ($100 USD) annual membership or registration in a particular online course. For example, Lynne, David and Ian have presented several Collab Salons, which are now available to Collab Salon Members through our library of Past Salons:


David Epston

David Paré

David Paré, Ph.D. (Ottawa, Canada) is a Counselling Psychologist and director of the Glebe Institute, a Centre for Constructive and Collaborative Practice in Ottawa. He is also a full professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches counselling and psychotherapy. David has written widely and presented internationally on the subject of narrative and postmodern therapies, as well as offering training and supervision in these areas. He is the author of The Practice of Collaborative Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013, Sage), and co-editor of two books about collaborative practices in counselling and therapy. He is in the final phases of completing an edited book with Cristelle Audet on Social Justice and Counseling. David has maintained a mindfulness practice for the past 30 years.

Tom Carlson

Ian Percy

Ian Percy, Ph.D. (Perth, Western Australia) is a family therapist, supervisor, trainer and published author in narrative and mindfulness approaches. Inspired by the writings of Michael White, David Epston and Alan Jenkins, he took a social constructionist and narrative turn in his practice some 25 years ago, intrigued by the power of cultural discourses and language to shape our lives and relationships. Ian has also studied and practiced various forms of meditation for four decades. The intersection of these influences led him to pursue an integration of mindfulness and Narrative Therapy, which includes attending to gestures and postures as expressions of distress, as statements of position, and as openings to preferred storylines. He is interested in notions of attentional capture and attentional choice, and the politics and ethics of mindful attention in therapy.

Tom Carlson

Lynne V. Rosen

Lynne V. Rosen, LCSW (Los Angeles, California) has been engaged in therapeutic work for over 25 years in medical, residential, inpatient, community and private practice settings. She found her therapeutic and philosophical home in the early 90’s when she traveled to New York to hear Michael White and David Epston. Most recently, she has focused her attention on integrating Narrative Therapy with EMDR, Somatic Therapies and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with clients who are living with the effects of Trauma, Eating Problems and other difficulties that compromise relational well-being. Her favorite proverb is an African one: “Until lions have historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.” Lynne has had a long-standing interest in bringing forward lions’ tales, stories and experiences at the margins, where there is wisdom and knowledge that can transport us all. She continues to feel passionate about teaching, supervising and public conversation work and for many years, she had the privilege of working as Core Faculty and Director of the Postmodern Therapy Training Program at PGI and Co-Founder of WPLA (Women’s Project Los Angeles).


Venue Phone: 802.985.3819

Venue Website:

291 Bostwick Farm Road, Shelburne, Vermont, 05482


All Souls Gathering is a beautiful retreat center in Shelburne, Vermont. Their indoor and outdoor space is available for weddings, workshops, life events, memorials, classes, and retreats. Burlington, Vermont is about 30 minutes away, with the closest airport.

Where do participants stay?

Nearby accommodation in Shelburne, Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, Burlington, Bristol and Vergennes includes Inns, B&Bs, state parks, rooms in private homes and Lake Champlain cottage rentals. Please send your accommodation inquiry to Contact @ Re-authoring Teaching, and we will do our best to help you find just the right place.