Storied lives: integrating narrative and psychodynamic practice
Dr Maggie Turp and Martin Weegmann
Saturday 24 September 2016 10:00 – 16:00
Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED
Workshop cost: £110/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early-bird discount of 15% available until 11 March 2016
The day will be broken into four sections:
What’s the Story?
The workshop, which will be illustrated with clinical examples throughout, will focus on the ‘narrative therapy’ approach pioneered by White and Epson in Australia. To set this development in context, Martin will describe the background in narrative psychology and the philosophical and literary origins of the ideas. With reference to psychoanalysis, he will discuss how the ‘talking cure’ proposed by Freud was initially centred on stories and storying, and how Freud worried about the reception of his theories and their scientific basis.
What brings you?
With these words of greeting – or his or her variation - the practitioner invites the patient both to recount his or her story and to enter into a relationship of a particular kind. While a narrative approach focuses on the story itself - for example its level of internal cohesion and alternative readings of the narrated events - the primary focus in a psychodynamic approach is on the way in which the story is narrated (or not narrated) in the context of the therapeutic relationship. Drawing on clinical examples, Maggie will explore the tension between these two perspectives and the possibility of a creative synthesis of the most helpful features of each of them.
Broken threads: the impact of trauma on stories of self
Recent developments in the understanding of trauma have revolved around the physiological aftermath of a traumatic event, including the effects on brain functioning in the areas of memory and emotional regulation. Complementary to these findings, and of equal importance, is consideration of the effect of trauma on a person’s self-narrative. For example, a person may have had a story of self that included the belief that he was generally speaking fortunate, or that he could cope with whatever life threw at him - a story that has been turned upside down, perhaps in the space of just a few seconds. Maggie will introduce the concept of ‘narrative repair’ and discuss some of the ways in which we can help patients develop and integrate altered self-narratives in the aftermath of trauma.
Narratives of change, hope and recovery
Narrative change is an important and inevitable dimension of human change, particularly in the wake of a major life transition or period of adversity. Through the use of interactive scenarios, Martin Weegmann will demonstrate how a narrative perspective, combined with psychodynamic sensitivity, can enable individuals to reconstruct their lives. The clinical examples will be taken from work with a person facing a mid-life crisis, a person in recovery from substance misuse, and an older person facing relational and other losses.
Dr. Maggie Turp is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Supervisor in private practice and a Chartered Psychologist. Her doctoral research revolved around the physical expression of psychological distress, with particular reference to self-harming behaviour. Her academic career included lectureships at the University of Reading and Birkbeck College, London. Since retiring from mainstream academic life, Maggie has lectured widely and is an occasional visiting lecturer at The Tavistock and Portman Trust. Maggie is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals ‘Psychodynamic Practice’ and ‘Infant Observation’ Her publications include numerous journal papers and two books, ‘Psychosomatic Health: the body and the word’ (2001 Palgrave) and ‘Hidden Self-Harm: narratives from psychotherapy’ (2003 Jessica Kingsley). She is currently working on a book ‘What brings you? – Encounters in psychotherapy’ and a novel ‘The limits of the land’. She welcomes correspondence at firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Weegmann is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst, with 30 years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse and personality disorders and is a well-known trainer, delivering workshops and lectures throughout the UK. Martin edited ‘Psychodynamics of Addiction’ (2002, Wiley) and ‘Group Psychotherapy and Addiction’ (2004, Wiley), and has published many book chapters and papers. His book ‘The World within the Group: Developing Theory for Group Analysis’ (Karnac 2014) has been described as a major contribution to group analysis. His new book ‘Permission to Narrate: explorations with Group Analysis’ will be published by Karnac later in 2016. Over time, Martin’s interests have broadened to include narration, rhetoric and the 'literary mind'.