Re-visioning working with conflict

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07/11/2018 - 08/11/2018
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saint Catherine’s House

New ideas using narrative practice with couples, families, groups and organisations

Presenter: Jill Freedman

Jill Freedman has been a major contributor to the development of narrative practices in North America and internationally. Well-known for her theoretical clarity and accessible training, this experiential professional development workshop will offer a range of skills to address conflict in different contexts.
When we work with conflict, the emotional intensity and the difficulty in finding a way for our ideas and questions to be heard can be daunting. In part, this may be due to the way we understand our role and what we must accomplish to be successful. In this workshop, we will rethink our role, and with it revision our practices. Jill will share ideas for structuring conversations so that people mired in conflict hear each other and feel understood, rather than trying to reach agreement.

Practices will be explored that

  • set a frame for conversations
  • help people discuss the conflict in the light of what they value in the relationship or the context
  • name conflicts in ways that offer the possibility of people joining together to oppose the conflict

Questions will be introduced that help clients 

  • share what their position or view means to them. Often these meanings are more significant than the actual conflict, and with these articulated, the conflict may dissolve
  • identify grey areas that may be important in lowering the intensity of conversations and making room for exploration and movement
  • think about whether what they are hoping for in their expressions that contribute to conflict, match the effects these expressions have in their relationships

Participants will 

  • learn a way of structuring conversations to promote listening and understanding
  • explore questions that help people articulate the meaning of their positions
  • consider helpful ways of naming what is problematic in conflict
  • gain new ideas and practices that make it possible to leave behind apprehension and dread in working with couples, families, groups and organisations in conflict

Learning will be enhanced through Jill’s highly interactive style of teaching with exercises and reflections, and through studying examples of her sessions.

Jill Freedman is the Director of the Evanston Family Therapy Center, Chicago, and a Faculty Member of the Chicago Center for Family Health. She teaches in North America, South and Central America, Europe, Australia, Scandinavia, Asia and Africa. Jill and her co-author Gene Combs have published widely. Their book Narrative Therapy: The social construction of preferred realities is a significant text in the field whilst other highly regarded books are Symbol, Story, and Ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy and Narrative Therapy With Couples. . . and a Whole Lot More!

Early $440 (incl GST) until Wednesday 10 October
Later $484 (incl GST) from Thursday 11 October
Morning and afternoon refreshments included

This event counts as 13 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event and booking please download the flyer.