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Community Engagement

One purpose of the Consortium for Narrative Research and Practice is to be a vehicle for transporting the ideas and practices presented by our invited speakers into the Florida community through ongoing in-service programs and community projects. Three examples:

  1. Narrative Therapy in Schools
    John Winslade, of the University of California, San Bernadino, at his workshop here in October, 2008 presented ideas for effectively assisting young people in overcoming problems that emerge in the classroom. His helpful suggestions, supported by research on their effectiveness, are intended to support guidance counselors, parents and teachers in their work with children and youth. As a follow-up to Dr. Winslade’s address, Paul Gallant, a faculty member in the Department of Family Therapy offered an in-service training to the guidance counselors of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Opa-Locka in December 2008. Follow-up in-service has been scheduled, coordinated by Adri Stewart, who is a guidance counselor at Pace as well as a doctoral student in the Department of Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern university. The intention is for faculty and graduate students to continue offering these ideas and skills to guidance counselors in other schools throughout the region.
  2. Narrative Therapy in Schools
    On October 13, 2008, Paul Gallant delivered an in-service training to guidance counselors and social workers of the program Linkages to Learning in Silver Springs, Maryland. Under the direction of Viviana Azar, this program is part of the YMCA Youth and Family Services, a social service branch providing assistance to over 6000 at-risk children and adults each year. Paul presented ideas from Narrative Therapy for working with children and youth who struggle with disruptive classroom behavior.
  3. Manley Restorative Justice Project
    Michelle Manley, a doctoral student in the Department of Family Therapy is designing a project to support individuals and families who have been affected directly or indirectly by criminal acts. Influenced by the model of restorative justice presented by Dr. Winslade and the ideas of narrative practice presented by Dr. Walter Bera, Michelle is working the members of the juvenile court system to implement a program of healing for all persons adversely affected by crime. Members of the family of the person who has been the victim of a crime and members of the family of the person who committed the crime have all been traumatized to some degree by crime and are among those for whom support services are not available.
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