Workshops


Novice and Experienced Joining the Paths of Research | April 1, 2017

Canary Islands, Spain

A public dialogue on research practices for a collaborative and dialogic perspective. Dr. Bava will discuss research from a relational play perspective.

 The Department of Psychology and Education of the Universidad de La Laguna, the Community of the International Certificate in Collaborative and Dialogic Practices -a program supported by the Taos Institute and the Houston Galveston Institute- UmansenRed School of Psychology and ENDIÁLOGO, Spanish Association of Collaborative and Dialogic Practices are pleased to open the call for the Third International Conference of Collaborative and Dialogic Practices. We look forward to welcoming you personally during these days.

 

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Engaging Play to Dance with Uncertainty and Change | Jan 19, 2017

Agile Learning Center, NYC

As ALCites we are all change-makers in education & learning. Becoming a change-maker is an invitation to engage with the unknown and differences which might increase one’s sense of uncertainty. Successful relationships dance with differences and stay flexible in the face of the unknown. Play is a powerful tool to engage change and uncertainty. In this experiential workshop we will explore “what is play” and useful creative ways for problem-solving and growth. We will use play to explore our relationship with uncertainty and learn transferable skills to personal and professional lives. The workshop draws on the fields of human development, performance studies and improvisation.

“Teaching” Socially Just Clinical Practice | June 25, 2016

AFTA Annual meeting & open conference, Denver, CO

Co-presented with Marsha Mirkin & Nisha Cirino

Clinical Practice in the Digital World: TeleTherapy & Social Media | June 22, 2016

AFTA Annual meeting & open conference, Denver, CO

 Co-presented with Monica Sesma-Vazquez

Wild Wild West of Online Therapy | April 15, 2016

NYAMFT Metro Chapter, NYC, NY

Join us to learn and share about emerging practices in teletherapy. We will explore digital, legal and ethical issues of setting up an online therapy practice. Criteria for selecting online platforms and helpful practice tips will be shared. We will share tips to start an online practice based on user experiences. We invite you to share about your experiences as well. More info:  https://www.nyamftmetro.com/wild-west-of-online-therapy/

Learning with Our Clients: Everyday Research in Practice | April 1-2, 2016

HGI’s International Certificate in Collaborative-Dialogic Practices, Houston, Texas

More information & registration: http://www.talkhgi.org/hgi-training/hgi-certificate/

The Masks You Live In: Screening & Panel Discussion | May 27, 2015, 7:30-10:00 pm

P.S./I.S. 276, NYC

Join us for the screening of  The Mask You Live In which follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Eric Messinger, the editor of New York Family Magazine; and featuring Nico Victorino, the middle school director at P.S./I.S.276; Mark Greene, the author of “Remaking Manhood;” and Dr. Saliha Bava, an associate professor at Mercy College who is also a couples and family therapist in private practice in Manhattan.

Creating Innovative Collaborative and Dialogic Practices in Research | May 1, 2015

Taos Institute, Sante Fe, NM,

Applying Improv Principles to Your Corner of the World | May 1, 2015

Taos Institute, Sante Fe, NM,

Playing For Keeps: Engaging the Power of Play in Couple Relationships | June 20, 2014 & November, 14, 2014

June: NYAMFT, Metro Chapter, NYC

November: Ackerman Institute, NYC

Most couple relationships begin with a lot of play. In play we engage the multiple ways to perform our identity and relationships. Often play is one of the first things to go when couples find themselves in a tough spot. What we need when situations get serious, paradoxically, is play.

But what is play? How do couples play? How do you play as a couple’s therapist? How do we take play beyond a technique and make it a central intention in our lives? We will explore how to develop play as a presence and as a creative activity. Join us and experience a difference in your practice with couples (and may be in your own life!) Come let’s play!

Learning Objectives: As a participant, you will

  • To assess your orientation towards
  • How to put the fun back in the FUNctional
  • Exercises that you can implement with couples
  • Three generative practices to get unstuck in couples therapy
  • To enhance your playfulness and spontaneity as a therapist


Professional Development: Cross-Cultural Relationships | July 30, 2014

NYC

Professional development workshop for Student Services Managers at Mercy College. The session will focus on how to become aware of cultural differences in our students and treat them respectfully. How to deal with distraught students and/or their families. And developing cultural sensitivity in dealing with students from other countries or backgrounds.

 

Collaborative Therapy: Playing and Engaging with Uncertainty and Not-Knowing | December 5, 2013

Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China

How do you play when you are uncertain? Join us for a bilingual playshop!

Collaborative Therapy, a postmodern approach, focuses on understanding as a relational activity while dancing with uncertainty and valuing flexibility. Come explore and enhance your relationship to uncertainty, understanding and not-knowing as a way to increase your responsiveness to be collaborative.

Built on Dr. Harlene Anderson’s Collaborative Practices for psychotherapy, this workshop draws on the field of performance studies and improvisation to explore frameworks for thinking and practice with relational play. Play is central to relational and collaborative practices. This experiential workshop will explore useful ways of being that helps cultivate your and your client’s playfulness for problem-dissolving and transformation. We will explore the notion of “conversation” and “curiosity” as “play” in therapeutic conversations and how they can engage the emergent while being present to “not-knowing”.

It will be a fun and challenging learning experience. It will challenge us on how to be playfully serious and seriously playful at the same time. Please wear clothing comfortable for movement. After this workshop participants will

  • Be familiar with Dr. Anderson’s philosophical stance: Seven action-orienting sensitivities
  • Be more comfortable in the process of creating with uncertainty
  • Learn how to introduce a respectful playful posture in everyday ordinary interactions
  • Learn how to co-create a process for collaborating.

 

Couple’s Therapy: Playing and Engaging with Uncertainty and The Unexpected | June 22, 2013

Merida, Mexico
How do you play when you are uncertain? Join us for a bilingual playshop!

Collaborative Therapy focuses on understanding as a relational activity while dancing with uncertainty and valuing flexibility. Come explore and enhance your relationship to uncertainty, understanding and not-knowing as a way to increase your responsiveness to be collaborative.  Learn how to use your new understanding in couple’s therapy.

Play is central to relational and collaborative practices. This experiential workshop will explore useful ways of being that helps cultivate your and your client’s playfulness for problem-solving and growth. The workshop draws on the field of performance studies and improvisation to explore frameworks for thinking and practice with play. We will use play to explore couple relationships in terms of: status; their dance with uncertainty and control; and how they can engage the emergent while being present to not-knowing.

It will be a fun and challenging learning experience. It will challenge you on how to be playfully serious and seriously playful at the same time. Please wear clothing comfortable for movement. After this workshop participants will

  • Be more comfortable in the process of creating with uncertainty
  • Learn how to introduce a playful posture in everyday interactions
  • Learn how to expand the couple’s understanding of play in life
  • Learn how to draw on the couple’s playfulness to engage in understanding and collaborative practices.

Contact Rocio Chaveste at prisand@prodigy.net.mx for more information.

 

Coupling Today: AFTA Conference | June 5-8, 2013

Chicago
I will be presenting on two topics:

    • Creating Possibilities for Change: How Therapists Play
    • Embracing a Transformative Perspective: Inquiring of Our Selves and Our Professional Practices

 

Collaborative Inquiry, International Summer Institute 2013 | June 17-21, 2013

Playa del Carmen,Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Join us for an experiential learning community in postmodern practices across cultures, contexts & disciplines with Harlene Anderson and her Grupos Campos Eliseos Colleagues in Simply Paradise for a unique in-depth learning opportunity.

Saliha and Papusa (from Kanankil Institute) will facilitate a series of dialogic spaces on collaborative inquiry. The participants will reflect on how to approach everyday spaces/relationships/ interactions as a collaborative inquiry and how to create a research context using collaborative practices.

Format: The series will consist of 3 sessions, each 2 hours long. The learning context will be shaped with the participant’s learning expectations and will include interactive exercises, didactic and consultations components.

If you have a research consultation or question(s) that you would like to offer as a consultation, please contact Saliha at drbava@gmail.com

Session I: Collaborative Inquiry

We will explore implications for research and inquiry from a collaborative perspective. Please bring your research questions and challenges of using practices from a postmodern perspective in a modern context. We will discuss how the researcher creatively co-constructs a collaborative context using dialogic practices for inquiry. Participants will explore how Anderson’s concepts of “not-knowing” and “conversational questions” can be engaged in our research design.

Session II: Participant Engagement

Relationships & Conversations: Designing and implementing a research frame are both organic and organized processes. We will explore how Anderson’s notion of   relationships and conversations with participants go hand-in-hand in designing data collection and while performing the activity of collecting data. Bring your research ideas/projects for exploring how to creatively enhance participant engagement.

Session III: Performing Making Sense & Presentation

Drawing on a current research or a consultation, Saliha & Papusa will facilitate the group in sense-making and reflective exercises for collaborative inquiry. We will explore implications of “representation” and “presentation” in the design of “dissemination” of research results. Saliha & Papusa will share examples of performative and art-based inquiries.

To register or for more details visit the ISI website.

 

Conversation-Fest 2013 | March 13-16, 2013

League City, TX
This unique conference-gathering will provide forums for beginner and advanced practitioners from postmodern therapeutic approaches to engage in spirited dialogue about the intersections and contributions of their work to the therapeutic conversation and social transformation, and as well, will showcase leading edge workshops on the latest thoughts and applications of collaborative and narrative ideas in a variety of contexts and cultures. Visit ConversationFest.com for more information.

Social Constructionist Inquiry | October 4-6, 2012

Durham, NH
This workshop will focus on modes of inquiry that blur the traditional distinction between research and social change (e.g., consultation, program development, etc.).

We will explore  the transformative potential of inquiry. Click here for more information.

Relational and Performative Practices Online Course | May 26 – August 11, 2012

Participants will jointly inquire and explore the notions of social construction thinking as relational and performative practices for social transformation.

The online Course will consist of 5 Units as detailed below plus a wrap-up session. A reading list and materials on relational thinking and performative practices for the webinars will be provided. Click here to register

Unit 1: Setting the Stage for Dialogic Practice | May 26, 2012
Using performative practices we will explore who we are and create a learning context that embodies relational thinking. This will be an experiential learning process.

Unit 2: Relational Thinking | June 9, 2012
We will explore the basic notions of social construction and relational thinking to understand the assumptions and implications for professional practice and everyday living.

Unit 3: Relational and Dialogical Self | June 30, 2012
We will explore how self has been constructed historically. Learn how the notion of relational and dialogical self shifts our professional and personal lives.

Unit 4: Collaborative Inquiry | July 14, 2012
We will explore everyday living as processes of joint inquiry in making meaning which are performative actions. We will explore the art of “withness” and processes of “becoming” in relationships. The implications of a relational philosophical stance as practical and action-oriented methodology will be explored.

Unit 5: Planned & Spontaneous Performances | July 28, 2012
We will explore how we perform our everyday personal and professional lives. The ideas of improvisation, coordination and collaboration as organizing nodes for everyday practices will be explored.

 

Collaborative Practices Workshops, China

Hong Kong | May 4-5, 2012

Shanghai, China | May 8-9, 2012

Chengdu, China | May 13-14, 2012

Southeast Jiaotong University

Co-enacting a Dance of In-tensions: The Art and Practice of Openness | March 21, 2012

Merida, Mexico
Co-facilitated a workshop with Erin Kreeger and Margi Ash Brown at a conference on Enriching Collaborative Practices Across Cultural Borders.

Collaborative Practices: Clinical & Community Contexts | February 02-03, 2012

Houston, TX
Sponsored by Houston Galveston Institute, Dr. Sue Levin and I will co-facilitate. We will focus on key ideas of Collaborative practices as applied to individual, couples and families in clinical and community contexts. Participants will use case material along with customized exercises designed to create experiential exploration of:
- Conversations and Relationships that make a Difference
- Ways of Generating Meaning
- Creating Hope and Possibility Conversations
- Staying in Connection and Sync
- Connecting with Uncertainty
This workshop will be relevant to therapists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, school counselors, coaches, case managers& anyone who is working with people’s lives. This workshop is a component of a more comprehensive and intensive 120+ hour International Certificate in Collaborative Practices. To learn more download the flyer and to register download the form and fax to HGI.

Social Constructionist Inquiry | November 3-5, 2011

Durham, NH
This workshop will focus on modes of inquiry that blur the traditional distinction between research and social change (e.g., consultation, program development, etc.). We will explore  the transformative potential of inquiry. Click more information.

Play with Purpose: Relational and Performative Practices in Everyday Life | February 6, 2011 
Opening Plenary with Sheila McNamee: Performing Life: A Serious Play

Click for a video highlight of the Seminar at Sea.

Moving Our Embodied Stories: Creative Resilience Workshops For Survivors Of Sexual Assault | October 22 to December 10, 2011

New York City
Samantha Barrow, a poet, performer, writer and educator and I approach this workshop as a creative space to engage that part of ourselves that seeks movement, in writing, in community, in creative embodied play; that which may be blocked or desires full attention. Using Narrative Medicine and Relational Thinking, we engage in a series of exercises, including but not limited to meditation, writing, movement and creative play designed to
• create a feeling of safety in our own bodies and among the group;
• honor whatever we bring with us in relation to our body memory and desire; and
• celebrate and explore our erotic imaginations in all their complexities.

Click for more information and to register.

Relational and Performative Practices Course | October 15, 2011 – February 18, 2012

Participants jointly inquired and explored the notions of social construction thinking as relational and performative practices for social transformation.