In this workshop we will look at what makes an otherwise ordinary story irresistible. We will start with the main character — the person who is called to the center of events. Every story needs a formidable protagonist — someone who can be counted on to give a plot drive and propel the story forward. And what is a protagonist without an obstacle to overcome? It is only when something has gone terribly wrong that the person affected has the opportunity to make their reputation and become a memorable figure. These and other elements of narrative will be relied upon with the aim of developing a winning counter-story.
Through lecture, video of direct practice, exercise and discussion, workshop participants will be able to:
David Marsten became intrigued with Narrative Therapy in 1991 while training at MRI in Palo Alto, CA. He developed one of the first Narrative training programs in Los Angeles at Jewish Family Service in 1992 and went on, in 1999, to establish a Narrative training and counseling center, Miracle Mile Community Practice, www.mmcpla.org. He has taught at the graduate level for many years, the last 14 of which in Pepperdine University’s Narrative Training Clinic. He is a faculty member of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy and teaches internationally for Dulwich Centre. He has co-authored several articles, 3 chapters in edited collections, and the book: Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with Children’s Imaginative Know-how.