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Center for Professional Development

Narrative Therapy Conference

Innovations in Narrative Therapy Conference

Friday, September 23, 2016 and Saturday, September 24, 2016

Confirmed Speakers


David Epston, M.A., C.Q.S.W.

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David Epston

David Epston studied at the Universities of Auckland, British Columbia, Edinburgh and Warwick and has degrees in Anthropology, Community Development and Social Work/Family Therapy. His university affiliations are with University of Melbourne and North Dakota State University. He, in partnership with Michael White, originated what has come to be known as 'Narrative Therapy and Community Work'. He has co-authored 'Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends(1990)' and 'Experience, Contradiction, Narrative and Imagination(1992) with Michael; 'Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families(1997) with Freeman and Lobovits; 'Narrative Therapy: The Archaeology of Hope(1997') with Monk, Crocket and Winslade; 'Biting the Hand that Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia(2004)' with Maisel and Borden; 'Narrative Therapy in Wonderland: Connecting with the Imaginative Know-how of Children(2016)' with Marsten and Markham. He is currently working on projects with colleagues regarding 'exemplary tales(case stories) as pedagogy' and 'insider witnessing practices' as pedagogy supervision and practice.

marcela polanco, Ph.D.

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marcela polanco

marcela polanco, mestiza, born in Bogotá, Colombia and immigrant in the U.S. has trained as a narrative and family therapist. Currently she is part of the faculty team of the psychology graduate programs at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, TX. Also, she leads their family therapy program and graduate bilingual (Spanish and English) certification in psychotherapy services for Spanish speaking immigrants. Within the last few years, marcela has been interested in the complexities of the translation of narrative therapy into her Colombian Spanish. She is interested in what David Epston calls the reimagination of narrative therapy when entering into contact, in this case, with marcela's Colombian culture in a fair trade, intercultural agreement with Colombian home-grown life support knowledges. Her practice is influenced by Latin American ideas on solidarity, magical realism and testimonio.

Travis Heath, Ph.D.

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Travis Heath

Travis Heath is an assistant professor of psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. In private practice he works with a diverse array of people including many referrals from the city of Denver's judiciary system. He is particularly interested in cultivating 'counter-individualist' approaches to working with young people entangled in the criminal justice system. Over the last several years he has started using rap music in conjunction with narrative therapy to work with urban youth. Most recently, he has also become a member of an extraordinary international narrative team who use case stories (also known as exemplary tales) as a pedagogy for therapists and students interested in learning and/or refining the art of narrative therapy practice.


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This conference is approved for 10.5 CE. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Graduate School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.