Date: February 7th 2020
Cost: £110 + VAT (20% off for self-funders)
In this workshop we will think about using narrative therapy approaches when working with people in later life and with the staff working with them.
There are many challenges of later life including changes in roles and relationships, physical and mental health difficulties, cognitive functioning and dementia. These take place in the context of negative social discourses around ageing. This combination often leads to the development of problem saturated stories, including stories of decline, inability, disability, loss and disconnection that distance people from preferred stories about themselves. Narrative therapy can enable people to reconnect with alternative stories that make them stronger.
In our context of working with people in later life, in community and acute inpatient settings, we will be exploring a range of narrative practices that those who consult us have found useful. This will include working with individuals, families, staff teams and managers using the Tree of Life methodology, narrative therapy groups and staff workshops.
We will discuss links with ideas in our context of person centred care and reflective practice.
Elizabeth Field has been interested in the stories of older people’s lives since her school days when she worked in a care home and got told off for chatting to residents while laying the tables. She qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1999 and has worked in mental health services for older people ever since, first in London and now in Kent. She was attracted to Narrative Therapy as a framework to facilitate people of all abilities in telling their preferred story of their lives. She completed the diploma in narrative therapy in 2018 with a project on using Tree of Life with students, staff and people with dementia. She particularly enjoys working with couples, families and groups with the highlight of her month co-facilitating the dementia service user network. She likes to share her enthusiasm for this work through supervision and organising a Narrative therapy network for practitioners in Kent.
Asesha Morjaria-Keval has been working as a clinical psychologist within older people’s mental health services for over 10 years. She was introduced to narrative therapy during her clinical training in NHS settings with children, adults and older people. With a background in research she has always been interested in the less familiar stories people might be able to tell about themselves, given the opportunity. Her PhD research explored personal stories of spirituality in recovery from addiction and her subsequent Clinical Psychology doctoral research explored narratives of recovery in relation to “self- harm”. She works in both community and acute settings services for older people and uses narrative ideas in many aspects of her work including consulting with service users, in supervision and with staff teams. She is currently working towards the completion of the diploma in narrative therapy.