The One-day workshop will focus on DOUBLE LISTENING narrative re-authoring practice. It is a practice skill opening up spaces to explore territories that exist side-by-side to problematic experiences.

DOUBLE LISTENING is more than active listening. According to David Pare (2013), double listening is “the practice of staying open to hopeful possibilities always on the other side of the struggle” and listening for words that may be “a hinge around which two stories can swing”. Monk and Winslade (2013).

DOUBLE LISTENING is a particular way of listening with our eyes, our senses, our ears, our imagination and curiosity.

DOUBLE LISTENING practice skill training will be a step-by-step experiential teaching and learning ways to listen, and what to listen for in the process of co-creating double story lines running parallel in client/people’s lives.

DOUBLE LISTENING practice skill may be applied in therapeutic conversations in clinical and non-clinical settings. The one-day workshop will have a focus on working with children, young people and families and effects of trauma.

The training will include live interview and stop/start video interview to guide therapeutic practice exercises and opportunities for reflections and questions.

This training is designed and suitable for psychologists, social workers, youth workers, family therapists, chaplains, counsellors and occupational therapists who work with children, young people and families.

This workshop will focus on

  • Reflecting on beliefs and habits of listening that can stand in our way of double listening
  • Listening is always active and selective; organised around meaning and shaped by experiences and by ideas acquired through our lives and by the discourses in which we participate and live
  • ‘Tuning’ our ears so that we listen (and hear)in ways that help us contribute to therapeutic conversations that may be useful to persons
  • Tuning our ears to listen for and capture small traces of subordinate stories such as

o Conjunctions words that interweave and intersect stories

But; or; and; hence; so, neither, since…

o Body speak – voice; pace; posture…

o ‘the absent but implicit’ story markers in person’s recounting their experiences

o Listening to bifurcation points as crossroads where several stories collide, meet or intersect

o Tuning in to half sentences…

By the end of this workshop participants will:

o Have increased understanding of how to engage in double-listening re authoring practice and what may block the double-listening

o Have experimented with, and gain increase confidence in double listening practice skill by tuning in to the usefulness of various aspects of listening/hearing that may have potentially been taken for granted


About Angela: Angela Ranallo is an AASW accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Supervisor. And a Clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).

Angela has written a number of published and unpublished reflection practice papers. She designs and provides training and professional development workshops, and is invited as a guest lecturer in the Counselling Unit by Murdoch University Perth.

For many years, Angela has held the position of Senior Clinical Social Worker/therapist with the Department for Child Protection and Family Support’s Psychology Services working with effects of abuse and trauma on the lives of children, young people and families.

Now Angela consults full time in her private practice: Child & Family Therapy Counselling in Bicton.

For a full profile of Angela visit

families and effects of abuse and Trauma.

For all enquiries and registration

Please contact: Angela Ranallo

Mob: 0404470042 or

“Double Listening Narrative Re-authoring Practice”

When: Friday 28 April 2023

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm


Vivacious Living Centre

9a/9 Riseley Square
Applecross WA 6153

Cost: $295 & $265 for (Australian Association of Family Therapy) AAFT members and/or trainees

Morning and afternoon tea/coffee will be provided