California Presenter Bios

Lorraine Hedtke – California, USA

LorraineHedtke150x150Lorraine Hedtke, MSW, LCSW, PhD, teaches about death and bereavement throughout the US and internationally. She is professor in counselling at California State University, San Bernardino, is on faculty at the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy, and is an associate of the Taos Institute. Her latest book co-authored with John Winslade through Routlege Publications is entitled The Crafting of Grief (2016). Many books on grief lay out a model to be followed, either for bereaved persons to live through or for professionals to practice, and usually follow some familiar prescriptions for what people should do to reach an accommodation with loss. The Crafting of Grief is different: it focuses on conversations that help people chart their own path through grief. Authors Hedtke and Winslade argue convincingly that therapists and counselors can support people more by helping them craft their own responses to bereavement rather than trying to squeeze experiences into a model.

Stephen Madigan – Vancouver, Canada

madigan150x150Stephen is the director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. He’s enjoyed a long time apprenticeship in narrative ideas and therapeutic practices and is presently developing a new ‘relational interviewing’ approach to working with conflicted couple relationships. The American Psychological Association is publishing a 2nd Edition of his best selling book Narrative Therapy – theory and practice (2011) in September 2017. Stephen trains, consults and supervises Norway’s National high conflict couple team project and – teaches narrative therapy workshops worldwide.


Laurie Markham – Los Angeles, USA
laurie-markhamLaurie is the fieldwork coordinator for the USC Rossier School of Education and the Medi-Cal program coordinator at Miracle Mile Community Practice. She has published her written work in Family Process and The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Her fondness for young people dates to her 10 years as a public school teacher, and more recently, her work as a therapist in public mental health. She is co-author, along with David Epston & David Marsten, of Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (WW Norton).



David Marsten – Los Angeles, USA
david mDavid is the director of Miracle Mile Community Practice and has practiced narrative therapy with young people and their families for over 25 years. He presents narrative workshops internationally and he and his co-authors David Epston & Laurie Markham launched their new book entitled Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (WW Norton) in the Fall of 2016.





David Nylund  – Sacramento, California
David Nylund in IrelandDavid is a Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento.  He is also the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center, a non-profit agency based in Sacramento, California that serves the transgender and queer communities. David has been a faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy since 2010, and is the author of several books and articles on narrative therapy, queer theory, cultural studies, and critical sports studies.



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