TC15 Presenters “The Big Narrative Therapy Conference” 2019

Rosa Elena Arteaga (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Rosa has thousands and thousands of therapy hours providing support to girls and women who experience gendered violence. She is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada and a Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. Rosa has developed an innovative narrative/social justice inspired therapeutic practice to support girls and women of all ages and diverse backgrounds who are experiencing complex trauma. Her local, national and international workshops take the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos, and unaltered transcripts.


Justine D’Arrigo (USA)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Justine, is an Assistant Professor at Cal State San Bernardino in the Counseling & Guidance program. Justine’s teaching, clinical work, and research center on post-structural, post-postmodern, post-oppositional and relational philosophies. Of specific interest to them, is how efforts of activism can potentially colonize people’s experiences in counter cultural ways, and the need to further refine our analysis of power when engaging in what gets languaged as justice work.

 



Emily Doyle (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Emily is a registered psychologist with a background in post-modern approaches to research and practice. In addition to her work as a family therapist and clinical supervisor with the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, Emily is a part of Athabasca University’s Master of Counselling Program faculty team.  Her background includes narrative therapy, systemic family therapy, and addictions counselling. Her research interests currently focus on both the social construction and social organization of therapeutic relationships.



Alex Filippelli (USA)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Alex Filippelli (pronouns: he/they) is the director of programs at the Gender Health Center. Alex has been a community organizer, anti-oppression educator and advocate for nearly a decade and holds an MSW from the University of Victoria, Canada. Alex is committed to addressing the root causes of systemic injustices and creating safe, thriving communities for people of all genders and sexualities. 


Lorraine Hedtke (USA)

New Practice Developments  – Stream 1

Lorraine has turned the entire field of grief psychology completely upside down with her new practice specializing in work with people who are dying and with families after a loved one has died. She is a Professor at California State University San Bernardino, and longtime Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. Lorraine is the author and coauthor of numerous narrative therapy publications including her latest book The Crafting of Grief: Constructing Aesthetic Responses to Loss, Death, Dying, and Bereavement (2017).



Chris Hoff (USA)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Chris is based in Orange County, CA and currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Counseling and Guidance at California State University San Bernardino, and is Founder and Executive Director of the California Family Institute (CFI) in southern California. CFI is a non-profit organization that was established as a community counseling center providing desperately needed low-cost counseling services for the community, and for the development of research and training for those interested in post-structuralist, post-oppositional, and compositionist therapy approaches. Chris host the popular podcast: The Radical Therapist.


Brandy Kane (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

My spirit name is Thunder Eagle Woman and my colonial name is Brandy Kane. I am a member of the Xaxl’ip Nation from St’at’imc territory near Lillooet, BC. My work experience includes private practice at Eagle Spirit Counselling, Manager of the Indigenous Women’s Program at Battered Women’s Support Services, & Substance Misuse Counsellor at Urban Native Youth Association. My current PhD research is working with ceremonialists, medicine people, and those that have been helped and/or been healed of substance misuse through Indigenous ceremonial practices. Included in my research will be a component addressing the national opioid crisis.



Allan Lindley (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Allan Thomas Lindley (they/them/their pro-nouns, sometimes he) is a two-spirit Syilx, Nlaka’pamux, and Mistawsis Cree First Nations from the Nicola Valley in Merritt BC.  Allan is a member of the Upper Nicola Band (Quilchena), which is a part of the Okanagan Nation. Allan is a part of the IndigenEYEZ facilitator community and has worked for RainCity Housing and Support Society in the DTES of Vancouver since 2009 where they are currently the Manager of Indigenous Services.  RainCity Housing works at housing and social-inclusion, justice and equity for people who are experiencing or are at-risk of being homeless; who are under-resourced, living with addictions, and/or navigating mental-wellness.   Allan has worked with homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth and with communities in reclaiming and remembering Two-Spirit/Trans/Non-Binary/Queer/Gender Variant identities, history, and culture, in both traditional/pre-contact and contemporary Indigenous community.  They also inquire, ally, and locate themselves in de-stigmatizing and educating around what often gets called ‘mental illness.’  This work helps disrupt narratives of Indigeneity, identity, and wellness, bringing much needed conversations around inclusion and intersectionality.



Cori Kelley (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Cori Kelly is a cis woman of mixed ancestry who has worked in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for the past 15 years – 10 of them with Raincity Housing and Support Society. Her mother was Blackfoot/Cree from Siksika and her father was from Ireland. Cori has a deep commitment to the work of undoing racist and colonial perspectives.




Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Norman was born with cerebral palsy and Emma is neurodivergent and both are internationally well-known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community. They travel and teach together extensively throughout North America and overseas providing in-service and training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, conflict resolution, and other disability rights issues. Norman and Emma have a book, several journal articles, and three book chapters to their credit.


David Marsten (USA)

New Practice Developments  – Stream 1

Advanced Practice Supervision – Stream 3

David is the Director of Miracle Mile Community Practice in Los Angeles, VSNT faculty member, and has practiced narrative therapy with young people and their families for over 25 years. He presents narrative workshops internationally, co-authored the book Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (2017), and teaches this workshop through videos, unaltered transcripts and live demonstrations.


Stephen Madigan (Canada)

New Developments  – Stream 1

Advanced Practice Supervision – Stream 3

Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist and best selling author of the book Narrative Therapy. He is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content manager of the online narrative learning site TCTV.live, and consultant supervisor of Norway’s National Couple Conflict Team. His latest book on Narrative Therapy is coming out in February 2019. 



Jonny Morris (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Over the past few years, Jonny has used post structural and narrative ideas in his up-close analysis of youth suicide. More recently, in his work focused on social policy and mental health, he has infused narrative practices into policy making spaces, to call attention to the dominant discursive frames that underpin current policy directions. Through a collision of social artistry, narrative interviews, and outsider witness teams, Jonny has worked with insiders, service providers, and policy makers to re-imagine possibilities for change in policy and practice. Jonny is interested in studying the emergence of critical suicidology as part of a doctoral program. 


Aaron Munro (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Aaron Munro has a Masters degree in struggling to figure stuff out and – another MA in Narrative Therapy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is Queer and Trans identified and for more than 15 years has worked with people who have been unhoused and made dependant due to traumatic experiences and adversity. He is a longtime faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy.



David Nylund (USA)

New Developments  – Stream 1

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Advanced Practice Supervision – Stream 3

David is a Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento, longtime faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, and the Clinical/Training Director of the award winning, queer centred, Gender Health Clinic. He conducts ongoing narrative workshops for mental health professionals worldwide and has published over 60 articles and two books on Narrative Therapy, and is currently writing a book on Queer Informed Narrative Therapy.


Akeiko Rawn (Canada)

New Developments  – Stream 1

Akeiko is a narrative therapist specializing in neurodiverse youth and trauma. Working in private practice at Arches Counselling in the heart of White Rock, BC. Her work includes therapy, advocacy, consulting and teaching with various nonprofits, agencies, and schools. She holds an MA in Narrative Therapy from the University of Melbourne, Australia and is always developing new innovations within her practice.


Jaqueline Sigg (Mexico)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Jacqueline is a Mexican psychologist trained in narrative and art therapy and a current student of the Taos PhD program. For the last four years she has been providing torture and trauma counselling services to forcibly displaced people, adventuring herself to explore other means of doing social justice and dignity. She is the founder of Espacios Narrativos (Narrative Spaces), an organization committed to provide individual, family and community conversations and which actively seeks to expand narrative art practices in Mexico.



Sandra Suasnabar Alberco (Canada)

Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Sandra manages the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC. Sandra is originally from Lima, Peru. She has been working in the non-profit and social justice agencies for 10 years in diverse roles that involved direct work as well as leadership experiences. Sandra draws from her lived experiences as a queer indigenous woman and as a migrant. She applies intersectional feminism, trauma informed and anti-oppressive approaches to her work.



Jennifer White (Canada)

 Mental Health Justice – Stream 2

Jennifer White is Associate Professor and Director, School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.  Jennifer has worked in the human services sector for over two decades and she has practiced in the field of youth suicide prevention since 1988. Jennifer is interested in studying contemporary discourses of youth suicide prevention. Through critically informed, relational approaches to inquiry, she seeks to explore alternatives to the standardized, expert-driven, one-size-fits-all, risk factor based approach to youth suicide prevention. The idea is not to replace current approaches to prevention, but rather to expand our understandings and vocabularies and allow multiple possibilities and approaches to proliferate. 


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