2013 Narrative Workshops

The Narrative Centre



Monday 18th – Thursday 21 November 2013

Cost: $ 1045   ($950 plus GST)

Venue: The Narrative Centre 42 Warwick Street Hobart

Times: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm


For further information please visit the website or contact:

Debbie Dunn   debbiedunn54@gmail.com          0429 098 853

Chris Wever     chrisw.57@hotmail.com            0419 369 969


What is narrative mediation?

Narrative mediation is informed by narrative therapy and as such differs from more traditional mediation with its focus on problem solving and issue negotiation. Narrative mediation invites people to locate understandings about conflict in social cultural contexts including those prevailing in the workplace. The social context in which each conflict has developed is significant in that it shapes how each participant has understood the conflict and people’s reactions to it. This approach involves identifying the various discourses and taken for granted beliefs that have contributed to the development of the conflict – belief systems and assumptions that sometimes have little to do with the participants themselves, though they have fuelled each person’s understandings of the other and the conflict itself.

De-stabilising the conflict narratives and their effects opens up space to arrive at alternative meanings and interpretations of the conflict events. Participants can come to see each other and the conflict in a very different light. Participants are invited to look for and explore more productive aspects of the relationship in question – and draw on these during and after the process of mediation.

Narrative mediation can involve some problem solving and negotiation around issues – this happens though in a context of building understanding and relationship between participants.

This approach to mediation has been successfully used where there have been allegations of bullying or where conflict has disrupted workplace relationships.

Narrative mediation results in reaching more productive understandings about particular problems and their histories, where more productive commitments about working together in more preferred ways are the end result.

What does the training involve?

This four day workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn and practice narrative mediation. Participants will:

·   learn about the theory informing narrative mediation

·   understand and experience the difference between the    narrative approach and those involving problem solving

·   practice using a map for narrative mediation

·   clarify the mediator role in ways that fit with narrative practice

·   understand the role that language plays in the construction and deconstruction of conflict and other problem stories

·   explore the usefulness in mediation of narrative practices such as:

externalising conflict and its effects

exposing dominant discourses

deconstructing conflict narratives

locating territories of life and relationship beyond the conflict

co-authoring preferred stories of relationship

How will this happen?

These ideas will be experienced through a range of opportunities including:

  • Teaching sessions
  • Reflections
  • Demonstrations
  • Conversations
  • Interviewing
  • Practice