The Mormon Mental Health Association

Supporting Mental Health Within the Mormon Community

Mormon Mental Health Association's 5th Annual Conference

Insider Witness Practices:
Performing Hope and Beauty in Narrative Therapy

WHEN: Friday November 16, 2018 from 7 to 10 pm (Ethics Discussion Forum)

             Saturday November 17, 2018 from 9am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: University Guest House and Conference Center, Salt Lake City, UT

WHO: Main presenter on Saturday will be Dr. Tom Stone Carlson. Friday's discussion will be moderated by MMHA President, Natasha Helfer Parker. 

COST: Early Bird Discounts available until October 26, 2018  

Depending on membership status, student discounts, and days attended cost will range from $5-$140


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.

9 Continuation Education Credits

3 Hours will count towards "Ethics" requirements

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