John McKendy Memorial Lecture 2018


October 25th 7pm Kinsella Auditorium

Dr. Marv Westwood

The Enacted Narrative

A Group based trauma repair approach for veterans who have a post traumatic stress injury.

In this 2018 John McKendy Memorial Lecture, Dr Marv Westwood will discuss the approach combines and builds on two group-based interventions: guided autobiography and therapeutic enactment. Descriptions of the two interventions individually and a trans theoretical model for change are provided. Life Review is foundational to this particular method in helping clients to integrate critical life experiences. Narrative based Therapeutic Enactment (TE), is highly effective with traumatized individuals-both military and civilian. This presentation will include video clips illustrating how it is applied in our work with Canadian Veterans who have Operational Stress Injuries (OSI). Finally, a research summary of the overall effectiveness with this particular client population will be provided.

Marv Westwood is Professor Emeritus in the UBC Counselling Psychology Program.  His major areas of teaching and research are focused on development of group-based approaches to help clients make effective life transitions, in particular, Guided Autobiography and Group Based Therapeutic Enactment.  Over the past 20 years he has lead the development of the UBC Veterans Transition Program (VTP) to help promote recovery from war related stress injuries for which he received both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in 2005 and 2013. In 2012 he established the Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma.