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is a leading provider of continuing professional development in creative therapies in Australia.

Narrative Therapy Online Book Club

You are invited on a learning journey with 

Narrative Therapist, Kim Billington

in her new Book Club

to explore and share insights from the seminal text,

 

Experience, Contradiction, Narrative & Imagination: Selected papers of David Epston & Michael White 1989-1991 (Published 1999)

 

Book Club Overview:

Why this book?

People have often asked Kim Billington, “Can you recommend a book about narrative practice that is practical and accessible?” And this is the book Kim feels best suits those who are not wanting to take on an ‘academic’ course of narrative therapy study at a university.

Kim is excited to revisit this early selection of Family Therapy writings by Michael White and David Epston because it shows through conversations and case examples how they were on an adventure, challenging established ‘truths’ about the pathologising of problems and the belief that the counsellor was the ‘expert’.

The book introduces the philosophy, or a way of seeing the person who had come to seek support in the face of serious problems. You will understand how narrative therapy is more than simply a set of techniques, such as the now famous ‘externalising the problem’.

White and Epston discovered young people can be instrumental in their own lives, and have their own know-how of addressing serious problems. The book is full of awesome questions to help clients unpack what the problem has been doing in people’s lives and how they might prefer to address the problem.

Why a Book Club?

Kim will be hosting this monthly book club which will help you fulfil:

  1. That need for belonging with a therapeutic community of practitioners working with families;
  2. Some professional development goals around increasing confidence in strengths-oriented and narrative practices (no prior training required);
  3. Your ongoing passion for developing fresh, creative approaches to working with ‘multi-stressed’ families.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive your own copy of this book - Experience, Contradiction, Narrative & Imagination: Selected papers of David Epston & Michael White 1989-1991, posted to your nominated address;
  • Discuss your own cases using the relevant book chapters readings;
  • See through conversations and case examples, how Michael White and David Epston challenging established ‘truths’ about the pathologising of problems and the belief that the counsellor was the ‘expert’;
  • Learn about the philosophy, or a way of seeing the person who had come to seek support in the face of serious problems;
  • Understand how narrative therapy is more than simply a set of techniques, such as the now famous ‘externalising the problem’;
  • Reflect on how clients can be instrumental in their own lives, and have their own know-how of addressing serious problems.
  • Consider practical case studies around family work with children from 7 to 16, anorexia, family violence, adults who are dying, training and the supervision process;
  • Delve deeper into narrative practice. 

    Who Should Attend?

    All those working in a counselling, teaching or case work capacity who want to work in more engaging, strength based and creative ways. Family therapists, social workers, psychologists, school counsellors, counsellors, youth workers, case workers, teachers and group facilitators, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students of these disciplines will find this book club valuable in the gathering of stories of strength and community skills and values. 

    PLEASE note, this book club is limited in number so register early to avoid disappointment!

    Book Club Facilitator

    Presenter - Kim Billington, Narrative  Therapist 

      

    Masters in Counselling, Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Bachelors in Education

     

    Kim is a registered supervisor and counsellor registered as a clinical supervisor with PACFA and ACA. Kim is passionate about training and supervision and is the author of two books for practitioners: A Counsellor’s Companion, for those working with children, and Counselling Conversations for those working with adult clients.

     

    Committed to passing forward her ever-evolving counselling skills and knowledge, Kim aims to support and inspire counselling practitioners to develop their own unique creative skills and explore new ways to connect with their clients to support healing and identity growth.

     

    As a dynamic course facilitator, Kim has been running training programs including, Playful Narrative Therapy since 2013 for Sydney Centre for Creative Change. She has been facilitating groups and workshops for over 25 years.

     

    2022 Book Club Dates and Times   

    The Book Club will be hosted live, online and interactively on the Zoom platform.

     

    7 March 6-7:30pm AEDT

    4 April 6-7:30pm AEST

    2 May 6-7:30pm AEST

    6 June 6-7:30pm AEST

    18 July 6-7:30pm AEST

    8 Aug 6-7:30pm AEST

     

    Attending from interstate or internationally?

    You can use this time converter to check the exact day and time of this training for your location from the Sydney location.

    Cost

    $500 (includes copy of the book)

     

    CPD Certificate

    You will receive a link at the end of each session with access to a short quiz, successful completion of which will enable to access a CPD Certificate for that session.

    Please note, these are LIVE and INTERACTIVE sessions. We don't record them.

     

    Book Club Details

    Included in the price:

    • Copy of book delivered to your nominated address
    • 9 CPD hours 
    • Access to Certificates of Attendance
    • Live online facilitated discussions
    • GST

    Work Paying?

    Lucky you!

    Send us an email requesting an invoice via the contact page with your name, the name of this Book Club you'd like to be part of and the name of your organisation who you want us to invoice and we will send you an organisational invoice and a registration form.

    Hear from Kim Billington discuss the Book Club

     

            

    Why we are excited about THIS book for a Book Club

     

     

     

     


     

            

    What you can get from this Book Club 

     

     

     


     

            

    Making Narrative Therapy Accessible

     

     

     


     

            

    If you are CURIOUS about Narrative Therapy...

     

     

     


    What people are saying about Kim’s online events

     

    ..Great! Kim was a wonderful and engaging presenter. I have learnt a lot about how to use this in my therapy work.

     

    ..practical and experiential.

     

    ..Great session. Interactive. Generated thought and reflection.