Here is the link to my article in the ANSE Journal, starting on page 29. All who presented at the ANSE Summer University in Riga 2022 were requested to write about their workshop. For my part it was writing about Life Staging®. This summer (2023) I will give a workshop again named "The art of Supervision". This time in Budapest i August.
"I'm contacting you because I did my first Life Staging today. Soooo much fun. Certainly not 100%, but a continuation of what I started with you. I had loaded sooo for last week's supervision, so it was canceled. Now finally the first one is done and many more are coming. This was a group that had been somewhat negative about supervision and said from the beginning that they did not want anything strange. Now I said, now we are so safe together and if it feels like you can trust me, we will try something new together.
The conversation after the interview with the supervisee was very nice, we got into topics that were difficult to reach."
A paper about Life Staging®
A paper on Life Staging® written by Maria Kjellberg Carlson and Helena Sandgren at the Education for Supervisors, University of Gothenburg , Sweden is published recently. Life Staging®. "When the words are not in the way"
Feedback from participant after workshop in Life Staging®
"Now I have finally tried it! There was an almost "hallelujah" atmosphere
(don't get me wrong). Those who participated were completely shocked at how the
group captured the dilemma and the manner of the people. I had been dreading
giving the instructions, but as you guided me to thinking that I am doing it
my way and it will give/open up something. Which was really true. So again,
thank you for both the training but also the guidance. It was empowering on a
personal level as well" (Participant ws 2017).
....Feedback from a workshop at Tavistock Centre, London (click to read)
After many years of experience as a supervisor I found myself less vitalized by hearing endless verbal descriptions, explanations and understandings of families and phenomena. I felt an urge to develop a format that could provide more vitality and movement, unexpected reflections, more of co-creation and emotional focus. Influenced by narrative and social constructionist ideas, narrative research and expressive formats I found words and tools to do so. The format has developed during the last ten years and started off as supervision in the dark, influenced by concepts as "the not-knowing- position" together with an insight in how professionals engage in the co-production of inscribing families and phenomena in thin stories. Through art, psychodrama and family constellations I got metaphors, a language and tools to bring forward the presence of non-verbal information, feelings and personal expression in the supervision group. The format takes us away from dominant knowing, seeing and hearing and invites professionals to listen and act on multiple voices and see beyond dominant prejudices. The format has an overall philosophy on which I’m writing a book about supervision. And probably, there will be another book about psychosocial work from the same philosophical perspective.
Below is an excerpt from the coming book; Lifestaging excerpts from the book eng.-4.pdf 153 KB