Ben Knowles – Walking, noticing and questioning

Walking, noticing and questioning: experiential narrative therapy and groupwork.

Ben Knowles

Session type: Regular forum session
Session duration: 90 minutes

Key words: narrative therapy, experiential groupwork, nature connection, identity

Abstract

Narrative Therapy is more than just stories, and at the same time is all about stories. It offers a range of ideas about therapeutic encounters that enable practitioners to position themselves as collaborators within the landscape of peoples’ hopes for themselves and their future. Along with experiences in the outdoors and nature, these practices are trauma-informed, active in supporting preferred avenues of change and respectful of the rich experience-near knowledge that people bring when they meet with us.

This session will invite the group to walk, spend some time in nearby nature, notice what unfolds and use some ideas drawn from narrative therapy to explore how we can collaboratively enrich each other’s experience. It will draw on a range of narrative informed ethical principles and adaptions of ‘outsider witness’ practices.

About the presenter/s

Ben has traversed the fields of outdoor education, teaching, training, bush adventure therapy and clinical therapy. He holds current membership with the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy and clinical membership of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. As a director of Adventure Works Australia, Ben is dedicated towards seeing bush adventure therapy become widely available for people from all walks of life who face difficulty or hardship. Ben has been significantly involved in the establishment of the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy Inc. and was Chairperson 2010 – 2014. His education includes a Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, a Graduate Diploma in Experiential Learning (Victoria University), and a Bachelor of Education.