Date(s) - 01/10/2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Presented by: Chris Darmody and Ian Percy
October 1st 2018 – 6:00pm

Chris Darmody will talk about the purposes and the development of Camp Hero and Camp Retreat, two programs he is currently running with young people and their families. He will speak about the positive impact these Camps are having on their lives and relationships. We will hear how young people describe their experiences and how, through consultation with participants, these programs are continuing to be adapted. Ian Percy will link this work to narrative ideas and practices especially focusing on the importance of storying lives, the implications of a multistoried sense of self, and the politics of justice.

Along the way Chris and Ian will touch on the following questions:

  • How does narrative shape an individual through the life span and what impact can these ideas have specifically on young people?
  • What has influenced the creation of the presented programs and why have they become so popular with young people and the systems that engage with them?
  • What influence do narrative practices have when working in group settings with individuals with a mental health diagnosis?
  • What effect might storied understandings of life and relationships have on professionals if implemented in organisations within the youth sector?

Chris and Ian look forward to being with you and welcome your questions and comments as we explore these exciting programs together.

Chris Darmody is a Psychologist who has spent a large part of the past decade working with young people but currently works in private practice in Perth, Western Australia. As well as this, Chris is the founder of Embark Psychology which develops and runs a number of therapeutic program held outdoors in an attempt to address issues of power, connect people to their environments and engage with populations which may not engage with indoor therapy. Chris also helps run a Narratively Informed Non-For-Profit organisation which places a large focus on building upon skills young people already have to support their communities.

Dr Ian Percy is a senior therapist, supervisor, consultant, and trainer in narrative and mindfulness approaches. He is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, a Clinical Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy and an Accredited Psychotherapy Supervisor with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has given workshops and papers at state, national and international conferences.