Workshop Sheila McNamee 2017

Workshop 2017 Sheila McNamee, Ph.D. (USA)

The Narativ group organizes a workshop with


Brno, Czech Republic, April 21-22, 2017 (premises will be specified)
Price: 2.500,- Kč / 95 EUR
Early bird (until February 28, 2017): 2.000,- Kč / 75 EUR
There will be a consecutive translation from English to Czech language

How do we, as practitioners and professionals, bring our common, everyday conversational resources to our work?

In what ways do the generative practices emerging from our appreciation of dialogue liberate us to draw upon and integrate our familiar ways of being?  Dialogue centers our attention on the ordinary, routinized, taken-for-granted aspects of our interactions.  And, unlike most other professional orientations, dialogue offers no technique or method.  And yet, a relational understanding of meaning – one that embraces uncertainty, reflexive inquiry, multiplicity, and imagination – renders dialogue unusual and unexpected.  We will explore how, as professionals and practitioners, we can enter into dialogue so as to invite the unexpected.  Ironically, creating space for the unexpected requires preparation.

How do we confront the tension between embracing uncertainty (suspending an “all knowing, expert” position) and preparation?  We will explore ways to maintain this tension by replacing our abstract positions with our lived stores – the richly textured, relational scenarios we engage in with others.  We will explore the open, unbounded nature of dialogue by discussing the notions of generous listening, creating a dialogic space, and inviting multiplicity for ourselves and for our dialogic partners.  This unusual aspect of dialogue opens possibilities for creativity and change. Central as well is the exploration of our professional identities.  How might we negotiate our identities within mixed, professional contexts that seemingly demand expert actions that are inconsistent or incoherent with our dialogic orientation.

Sheila McNamee, Ph.D.

Sheila McNamee, Ph.D. (USA)Sheila McNamee is Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire and co-founder and Vice President of the Taos Institute ( Professor McNamee has held Visiting Professorships at City University (Hong Kong), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), and the University of Parma (Italy).

She was Professor of Culture Studies at Tilburg University from 2013-2016. Her work is focused on dialogic transformation within a variety of social and institutional contexts including psychotherapy, organizations, and communities.

Among her most recent books are:

Research and Social Change: A Relational Constructionist Approach, with Dian Marie Hosking (Routledge, 2012) and Education as social construction: Contributions to theory, research and practice, edited by Dragonas, Gergen, McNamee & Tseliou (WorldShare Books, 2015) — download at:


Cancellation policy: If you de-register less than 14 days before the workshop, you will get a 50% refund of the fee. There is no refund provided if you de-register less than 5 days before the workshop.

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Workshop 2017 Werner Schütze (DE)

Dr. Werner Schütze:

We wholeheartedly invite you to an experiential workshop, centered on the experience of being in dialogue. The workshop is suited for people who are interested in the field of mental health care, are currently working in the field, or wish doing so in future.

When: 24. - 25. 11. 2017
Where: Brno

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