$15 – $140

MMHA's 5th Annual Conference

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University Guest House & Conference Center

110 Fort Douglas Boulevard

Salt Lake City, UT 84113

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Dr. Tom Carlson will give an all-day Saturday presentation:

Insider Witness Practices, developed in partnership with narrative therapy co-founder David Epston, represents a dramatic re-imagination of narrative therapy practice through the use of performance. In this one-session practice clients become witnesses to a hope-biased portrayal of their lives as performed by their therapist. This performance is intended to situate the significant events of client’s lives within rich story lines that serve as a revelation of their moral character as persons. As a result, clients become both an insider and outsider to their own lived experiences and are afforded the unusual opportunity to experience their own selves as if they were an ‘other.’ From this insider/outsider vantage point, clients are able to experience heightened levels of meaning making, self-compassion and self-appreciation. Given that insider witnessing practices are intended to be a hope-biased performance of the alternative histories of clients’ lives, we have been diligently searching the performative literature to provide us with some explanation of the dramatic outcomes that we have witnessed so far. And, in this searching, we have come to see how insider witnessing practices return narrative therapy to its very beginnings; a history for the future. Given that this practice has to be seen to be believed, in this day-long workshop we will do more showing than telling; relying on the words and experiences of our co-researchers who have participated in this practice. An immersive experiential learning process (through a performance of client videos and transcripts) will be used to help participants appreciate the dramatic potential of this practice. The presentation will also include the performance of a verbatim play that attempts to capture one client’s transformative experience of this practice.

Friday night we will be having a discussion format regarding ethical considerations when working within a Mormon construct.

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