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Nova Southeastern University Well Represented at International Narrative Therapy Symposium in Mexico

Jim Hibel, Ph.D. and Paul Gallant, Ph.D., Associate Professors

Jim Hibel, Ph.D. and Paul Gallant, Ph.D., Associate Professors in the Department of Family Therapy, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, recently made presentations at the first annual International Narrative Therapy Symposium (Simposio Internacional de Terapia Narrativa) held in Playa del Carmen, Mexico February 18-20, 2009.

Dr. Hibel presented with Ph.D. candidate Marcela Polanco on Teaching and Supervision of Narrative Work. Their presentation included a series of practice exercises developed from their work in the classroom and their supervision in the family therapy clinic at the Brief Therapy Institute at Nova.

Dr. Gallant presented a workshop titled Imagination and Metaphor in Narrative Practice with Children and Young Adults. He demonstrated the artful, playful, and respectful use of metaphor and other problem-undermining strategies for work with children and families.

University of Maryland

Paul Gallant was invited to present a one-day workshop at the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland on October 14, 2008. The workshop title was Narrative Supervision. Participants included faculty, graduate students and professionals from the community.

Family Institute of Cambridge

Paul Gallant presented a one-day workshop titled Imagination and Metaphor in Narrative Practice with Children and Young Adults at the Family Institute of Cambridge, Boston on January 16, 2009. For more than 20 years FIC has been a home to presenters of narrative therapy, most notably Michael White and David Epston.

Media appearance

Jim Hibel, Ph.D was a featured guest on the Internet radio show "Compass2life" on WRPB radio on April 15.

The topic of the show was relationships for those over 40 from a male perspective. Along with four single male panelists the conversation included discussion on the expectations males of this age experienced regarding cultural norms, definitions of success and their hopes and aspirations for relationships.

Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference

Jim Hibel and Doctoral student Marcela Polanco presented on Saturday May 2, 2009 on "Teaching and Supervision of Narrative Therapy." Their presentation centered on listening through a narrative perspective, focusing on what therapists select to be heard or not heard, and how these relate to the listener's values and intentions. The presentation provided participants with basic narrative concepts relating to listening in supervision, and in teaching these ideas. Participants learned about a map developed by Jim and Marcela around listening. Also, attendees practiced these skills through exercises.

Doctoral student Corinne Scholtz and Jim Hibel presented on Saturday May 2, 2009 on "Narrative practices with an adolescent girl's group in a school." Based on Corinne's doctoral research, participants learned narrative concepts, related to cultural and societal norms and their effects on adolescent girls, including ways in which these norms impact their identity conclusions. Participants also learned of ways in which narrative practices, including outsider witness practices, have been used with groups of girls referred to counseling for a variety of issues within the school.

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