Revisioning ‘Family Therapy’ in Aotearoa NZ – Experiential Workshop with Craig Whisker

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Date(s) - 06/12/2018 - 07/12/2018
All Day

The Mercy Centre


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What is ‘family therapy’ in NZ today? Does the mechanical analogy of ‘families as systems’ whose problems can be solved by experts still hold? Does the name ‘family therapy’ still fit? Some practitioners don’t think so, and one such group have prepared the Galveston Declaration [see http://galvestondeclaration .org/], a 2016 statement differentiating an array of empowering approaches, such as: narrative, collaborative, feminist, multicultural and social-justice therapies, from what has been before. They point out that nowadays ‘family’ is not necessarily the primary social group in which people construct their sense of belonging. Similarly, ‘therapy’ conjures up images of illness or pathology in need of cure, in contrast to contemporary notions of multiple realities, mutual diversity and mutual acceptance.
In this workshop we will explore the concept of ‘family therapy’ in NZ through the values adopted by the Galverston Declaration, namely, pluralism [differences of view], flux [differences of state], opening space [expanding choice] and responsibility [generativity].

In so doing, workshop participants will be introduced to techniques drawn from discursive approaches for working with individuals, couples, family, whanau and community groups.

New skills acquisition will be supported by group dialogue, case consultations, action methods, creative writing and other reflective practices.

The workshop is suitable for people with no previous experience of family therapy, and for experienced practitioners wanting to revision their discursive practice,

Investment: $200.00 including GST

For more information:

or contact: Craig Whisker
Mobile: 021 213 9921

Skype/Zoom ID: craigwhisker

Clinical Family Therapist and Accredited Supervisor (Australian Association of Family Therapy)
Psychodramatist and Educator (Australian & Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association)