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Maggie Carey

Maggie Carey is co-director of Narrative Practices Adelaide and has worked since 1992 with women and children who live with the effects of violence and abuse, and also with men who use violence. This has involved individual, group and collective ways of working. The Narrative approach takes account of the social and relational politics of life and focuses on the person as the expert on their own experience. Maggie has been involved in teaching the Narrative approach for the past 15 years and has been teaching in Mexico for Colectivo Prácticas Narrativas for the past 4 years.

Workshop A

Narrative Approaches and Neuroscience: Bridging science and story making in work with children who have experienced violence

Being exposed to violence can lead to children developing beliefs and stories about themselves that are negative and limited. The Narrative approach works with these beliefs to find openings to other stories that can be more positive and affirming and that can provide the young person with a sense of having skills in "how to do life'. Through developing these other stories in realistic and meaningful ways, we are developing and strengthening new neuronal pathways in the brain.

Workshop B

The stories we tell make a difference: Narrative responses to women who have been subjected to violence

Violence in intimate relationships can have women conclude that they are weak, helpless and to blame for what has occurred, particularly if they are mothers and the children are also exposed to violence. A Narrative Approach invites women to separate from the unhelpful stories they carry and supports them to find and honour stories where they are steering their lives according to what matters to them, connected to their own skills and knowledges of life.