Responding to trauma in contexts of uncertainty
An immersive two-day workshop with Poh Lin Lee
London, January 21st & 22nd 2019
This two day workshop offers an exploration of trauma from a narrative perspective
alongside some of the key ideas and practices that can enable practitioners to respond to multiple and ongoing trauma. Over the two days participants will have the opportunity to explore theory, discuss cases and engage in experiential training exercises.
Cost: £200 + VAT (20% off for people funding themselves)
Responding to Trauma key ideas
I’ve noticed how Trauma insists on bursting through the door and rushing to overtake the person to introduce itself and assert its dominance. How can we be ready for Trauma’s insisting presence and find ways to creatively side-step so that we can meet with people and the other stories shaping their lives first? How do we do this in ways that are not dismissive of the effects of Trauma on people’s lives? How can we offer questions that dislodge Trauma’s insistence that it is the truth of people’s identities? How can we support firmly placing Trauma back into the context of people’s lives?
Migration of identity concept and map
Narrative therapy has a history of engaging with ideas from anthropology and the
migration of identity based on Van Gennep and Turner’s work of ‘rites of passage’ offers possibilities for in-depth exploration of uncertainty, power and implications for
Making now precious: moment-by-moment practice
What do narrative practices look like in brief encounters or under the conditions of
uncertainty, crisis or instability? How can we ensure collaborative practice? Is it possible for evaluation and feedback to be part of the therapeutic process? How significant are the relational ethics and micro-practice that surround key narrative practices and questions in responding to the effects of trauma?
Re-authoring responses and the body
Following on from Theme 1 how might we offer re-authoring practices in ways that can withstand to some extent the dominance of Trauma’s hold? What sorts of questions enable entry points to people’s responses to traumatic experience and how can we scaffold these tiny fragments of resistance into full bodied storylines? As stories of responses and preferred self emerge how might we include questions that invite stories from the body to thicken and more richly describe values, intentions, commitments and hopes?
Multiple ideas for engaging with Re-membering practices
When people are experiencing crisis or find themselves displaced and in between places of identity, safety and belonging how might re-membering practices be relevant? What is the significance of extending re-membering practices to land, place, ritual, celebration etc? How can we bring multiple re-membering more into focus in our practice whether in relation to figures or places/countries? Is it possible that re-membering practices offer people moments of rest, sustenance and reinvigorated sense of self within the context of uncertainty?
Poh Lin Lee MNTCW
Poh Lin is an Australian social worker who has been providing therapy to individuals, families and communities for the last 14 years across a number of countries and
contexts (Australia, Mongolia, Benin, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Palestine, Turkey, Ukraine, Germany, Belgium, Greece, UK, Spain). She provided torture and trauma counselling services on Christmas Island between 2011 – 2014 and continues to work with people seeking asylum through a collaborative film project with Gabrielle Brady, The Island of the Hungry Ghosts (feature, 2018) and The Island (short, 2017).
In response to trauma, injustice and the operations of power that render people, families and communities limited in their possibilities for practices of living, Poh Lin is dedicated to creatively co-researching alternative practices that reflect their values and commitments. Poh Lin is curious to cross borders between different fields of practice and mediums of storytelling in an attempt to expand opportunities for linking individual experience to wider context and contributing to conversations that hold social action at the heart.
In film workshops, training and consultation Poh Lin is interested in offering specific exercises drawing from her knowledge of post-structuralist therapy (narrative and sandplay) to support film makers in articulating their visions in ways that can be shared with clarity and can withstand the various challenges that arise in the process of transforming ideas and experience into films that shine light on topics and themes in unique, ethical and influential ways.
Poh Lin currently works freelance across a number of different countries as a trainer,
counsellor and film/narrative therapy consultant.
How I understand Narrative Practice…
Narrative practice seeks to invite through collaborative inquiry an understanding of
people’s lives which offers multi-storied accounts and often shines light on the alternative, neglected stories that have been overshadowed by one particular dominant story. Through drawing attention to the ways in which we are shaped by our experiences, relationships and wider socio-political discourse we can step into creative possibilities for life and identity.
In honouring personal, family and cultural practices and legacies we can find local ways of staying connected to ideas, values, intentions and commitments that sustain us through difficult times. Coloured by images, metaphors, significant figures and embodied experience narrative therapy attends to the multifaceted telling of stories that moves us closer to our preferred way of being in the world.