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Creating Spaces that Re-invigorate Professional Identity

Event Details
Date: 20 - 21 September 2018
Venue: Adelaide, SA
State: SA
CPD hrs: 13


Organiser: Rob Hall

People connect to their work in professional ad personal ways. At times challenging work can shake up our values and can confuse or demoralise. Narrative approaches to being a supervisor or receiving supervision stimulate conversations and practices that re-invigorate intentions and practices for the chosen field of work.

The workshop is best suited to those who are familiar with Narrative approaches. Supervision takes many forms and it is not necessary to be in a supervisory relationship to engage with the content of this workshop.

Learning objectives

The workshop will cover:

  • What potentials Narrative supervision offers
  • What makes a worthwhile supervisory relationship
  • What the values are in Narrative approaches that contribute to supervision
  • Naming the complexities of power in supervisory relationships and in our work
  • Consideration of professionalism in the work place and role of supervision
  • Practices that enhance personal agency and professional identity
  • Client story and personal story; the dilemmas when they intertwine
  • Negotiating the supervisory relationship
  • Complex and competing confidentialities
  • The supervisory parallel journey connecting with non-colonising practices
  • Exploring documentation of preferred identity
  • Creating audience for re-invigoration of professional identity

Learning prerequisites

Familiarity with Narrative approaches.


Robert Hall has been working in the area of violence and abuse since he qualified as a social worker in 1980. He initially worked in an emergency counselling service where the team approach included inviting men to take responsibility for their violence to help ensure the safety and well being of those they had abused. He later joined a colleague Alan Jenkins in work related to sexual abuse and assault. Together with Maxine Joy, Alison Newton and Dr Penny Roughan they formed Nada, a place counsellors can work from.
Shona Russell, Maggie Carey and Rob formed Narrative Practices Adelaide in 2008 to further the development and training of Narrative Therapy, just after our associate, Michael White died. Rob continues to seek approaches to counselling that promote personal agency and foster the development of a preferred way of living that include consideration of others, particularly the vulnerable. He appreciates that counselling about abuse takes courage and involves undertaking a personal ethical journey. He considers that abuse takes many forms, in a range of relationships; including personal, home and workplace. It occurs in apolitical context and being accountable challenges that context.
Rob provides training and therapy for general concerns, for those who have abused, those subjected to abuse and those who have experienced trauma. He has continually provided supervision to colleagues from his work in 1980.

Sarah Atkinson is an emerging narrative practitioner with a social work background who has been working in the mental health system for the past three years. She has a strong interest in trauma and the impacts it has in people’s lives and particularly the link between trauma and people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. Sarah is interested in exploring the impact on people’s sense of wellbeing when they are given a diagnosis by the psychiatric system, and how to develop stories of people’s own know-how about their mental health, that can then contribute to an experience of agency in life.

Along with a solid narrative foundation in place, Sarah has been working with the Hearing Voices approach for the past two years. She has also attended training in the Open Dialogue approach and is interested in finding places where this approach can be used in responding to people in crisis situations. The importance of supporting people to connect with their networks and to have the opportunity of acknowledgement of their developing preferred stories, has stood out to Sarah as crucial in challenging the isolation that can come from any experience of trauma.

Sarah has been involved in creating peer supervision spaces in her workplace and many conversations around values that inform practice. Sarah and Rob were engaged in a supervisory relationship, which has changed, as they have become associates of NPA. They are looking forward to using their experience to consider ways of reflecting on the narrative supervision spaces they have known about.

Location and date

20 - 21 September 2018

1 Mary Street Hindmarsh SA 5007




Please register at:

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers