"Each Leaving Something for the Other" Reflections on a Person of the Helping Professional Retreat in New Zealand

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Craig Whisker
Graham Allan
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Christopher Chua
Sandie Forsyth
Pam Morrison
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Eight helping professionals - social workers, psychologists, counsellors, group and family therapists - meet as a facilitated group for a five-day mid-winter retreat in New Zealand to explore and reflect on themselves, their family and intimate relationships, their relationships with clients, and their role in society. They utilise collaborative methods, such as interventive interviewing, reflecting teams, storytelling, poetry and action methods, to practice self-reflection and reflection of the other. The purpose of this paper is to share snippets from the retreat in the form of autoethnographic poems and statements written by participants in the hope these may stimulate the reader's self-reflection.

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Whisker, C., Allan, G., ., A., Chua, C., Forsyth, S., Morrison, P., ., S., & ., A. (2019). "Each Leaving Something for the Other": Reflections on a Person of the Helping Professional Retreat in New Zealand. Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice, 2(1), 38–50. https://doi.org/10.28963/2.1.5
Author Biography

Craig Whisker, AAFT, AANZPA

Half-time: Family therapy trainer, supervisor and practitioner, and group worker in private practice (since 2005)
Half-time: PhD candidate with The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne (external candidate residing in NZ). Research topic: A situational analysis of family therapy in Aotearoa NZ (candidacy began in March 2014)

Since 2017: Certified Educator by the Australian and Aotearoa NZ Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
Since 2012: Clinical member, and accredited supervisor (2015), Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT)
2010-2012: Member of national reference group for the development of family therapy in NZ (Werry Centre, National Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health)
Since 2008: Registered psychotherapist with the Psychotherapist Board of Aotearoa NZ (PBANZ)
Since 2007: Certified psychodramatist, AANZPA
Since 2003: Member, New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC)

Whisker, C. P. (2016). An account of family therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand from the 1960s to 1995 interpreted from the literature. New Zealand Journal of Counselling, 37(1), 64-90.
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Whisker, C. P. (2015). Secrets and lies: The ethics of working with separate clients who are close friends, Australian Association of Family Therapy Newsletter, 36(4), 6-8
Whisker, C. P. (2014). Relational tensions in the shaky isles, Australian Association of Family Therapy Newsletter, 36(1), 15
Whisker, C. P. (2012). Personal reflections on respect of difference between family therapists in New
Zealand and possible socio-political influences in 1995 and 2012, Australian Association of Family Therapy Newsletter, 34(4), 3-4
Whisker, C. P. (2007). Utilisation of role analysis to inform family therapy training, Australian and
Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association, Thesis #111 (partial fulfilment of requirements for certification as a psychodramatist)
Whisker, C. P. (2005). Jumping the Berlin Wall: Social and cultural atom repair with an individual adult, Journal of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association, 14, 43-53
Whisker, C. P. (1992). Forgotten fathers: The experiences of six fathers whose children have been sexually victimised by other men, MA (Applied) in Social Work thesis, Victoria University, Wellington (A- grade)

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