James Hibel, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Family Therapy (DFT) in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS), and DFT doctoral student Michelle Manley, M.S., presented at the Winds of Change Conference held at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. The theme of the conference was, “Conversations on the Margins: Therapeutic Change, Social Change, Social Justice.” Their presentation was entitled, “Listening For Our Own Stories in Narrative Therapy and Supervision.” The presentation discussed listening as an active, rather than passive endeavor, and ways to use listening to further the work of therapists and supervisors. Exercises utilized during the presentation enabled attendees to develop ideas about what they hear and how they understand them. Attendees were also encouraged to explore their unique contributions to selective hearing in practicing or observing therapy.
Hibel’s research interests include the examination of postmodern approaches to psychotherapy, particularly with adolescents, and underlying assumptions about the nature of psychotherapy and helping relationships, particularly as they impact students training to become family therapists.