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Wednesday, July 13th 2022 - Thursday, July 14th 2022

Narrative Therapy Approaches to Addictions

Dale Andersen-Giberson
presented by Narrative Therapy Centre

10:30 AM to 3:30 PM ET

Work with substance use, video game problems and other areas of addiction can bring up a plethora of difficult questions for therapists, counsellors and other human action workers who are trying to facilitate change with consumers. How can I work with the 12 step models in the therapy room? How can I focus conversations for people actively using substances and for those who are working toward relapse prevention in ways that respect the dignity and life experiences of consumers? How can I move with and beyond current models of addictions treatment in ways that address my and my client’s social and political environment?

This two-day workshop will work to facilitate conversations and teachings about narrative therapy and the possibilities it offers for addictions work. Narrative therapy will be described in accessible ways and tangible, real life ideas will be presented that can be applied immediately to practice. The workshop will cover both challenges with substance use and challenges with video gaming and explore individual and collective methods of facilitating change with both young people and adults.

Workshop members will:

– Be introduced to different ways of externalizing substances/gambling/gaming.

– Explore different ways of working with biological understandings of addiction.

– Explore different ways of working with people who prefer the 12 step ideas.

– Look at narrative conversations in scaffolding with people who are working through all different types of change (pre-contemplating change, contemplating change, maintaining change etc.).

– Look at ways of using documents with individuals and groups of people and ways of disseminating consumer skills and knowledge to other consumers.

The workshop will use the Zoom platform and make participation and engagement possible through chat and breakout rooms.

About Dale Andersen-Giberson MSW, RSW

Dale works at Ontario Tech University in Student Accessibility Services and also has a small private practice. Over the past 15 years Dale has worked with a number of different agencies including the West Durham Family Health Team, Oolagen Community Services and Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health. Dale continues to be interested in constructions of gender and culture, responses to power and dominance and the methods that members use to make meaning out of difficult situations.

In 2016, The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work published Dale’s article titled, ‘ What’s in a Game? Narrative Therapy approaches with people who have relationships with gaming and online communities

Special low early rate $140 until April 30 - Early rate $160 until June 12 Regular rate $180 after June 12, 2022

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