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Definitional Ceremonies

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Jodi Cohen

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Transcript of Definitional Ceremonies

Ceremonies & Outsider
Witness Practices Michelle Manley February 16, 2012 Deconstruction The Four Categories of Inquiry Outsider Witness Preparation The Retelling of the Retelling The Telling The Retelling The Stages of Definitional Ceremonies Historical Context: How it evolved Outsider Witness Definitional Ceremony Therapeutic team work in family therapy

Tom Anderson The reflecting team: Dialogue and meta - dialogue in clinical work (1987)

Barbara Myerhoff “Definitional ceremonies deal with the problems of invisibility and marginality; they are strategies that provide opportunities for being seen and in one’s own terms, garnering witnesses to one’s worth, vitality and being”.
(Myerhoff, 1986, p.267)

“Definitional ceremonies provide people with the option of telling or performing the stories of their lives before an audience of carefully chosen outsider witnesses”(White, 2007, p.165) “Outsider witnesses engage one another in conversations about the expressions of the tellings they were drawn to, about the images that these expressions evoked, about the personal experiences that resonated with these expressions, and about their sense of how their lives have been touched by the expressions.”

(White, 2007, p. 166) Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Stage Three 1. Expression
2. Image
3. Resonance
4. Transport Consist of the interviewer, the team members, and the people seeking consultation References Carey, M. & Russell, S. (2003). Outsider-witness practices: Some answers to commonly asked questions. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work,, 60-72. Friedman J., & Combs G. (1996). Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.Morgan, A. (2000). What is narrative therapy? An easy-to-read introduction. Adelaide: Dulwich Centre Publications.  Myerhoff, B. (1982). Life history among the elderly: Performance, visibility and re- membering In Ruby, J. (Ed.), A crack in the mirror: Reflexive perspectives in References White, M., (1995). Re-authoring lives: Interviews and essays. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.White, M. (1995). Reflecting Teamwork as Definitional Ceremony. In White, M., Re- authoring lives: Interviews and essays (pp. 172 – 198). Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.White, M. (1997). Re-membering. in White, M. Narratives of Therapists’ lives. (pp.53- 92). Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.White, M. (2005). Workshop notes published on Dulwich Centre website. www.dulwichcentre.com.au/articles/mwworkshopnotes.White, M. (2007). Maps of narrative practice. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
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