NEW STORIES OF IDENTITY: Helping young people and others find a vision for the future

Laidlaw College is proud to host an exciting practice-based workshop about re-authoring identity stories with young people in order to find trouble-free visions for the future; presented by Dr. Donald McMenamin.

This workshop is directed at / and particularly relevant for school guidance counsellors and interested pastoral carers who work with young people at school and in the community.


Aim: To inspire and equip people in the use of a model of narrative counselling called Two Islands and a Boat: Re-authoring of Identity Stories.

Together we will explore how to:

  • Invite young people to review their actions and the effects of those actions in their lives and in their communities
  • Explore with young people their actions as evidence of their hopes and values for themselves and others
  • Develop with young people (together with their peers, families and support people) alternative identity stories which can shape their actions at school and beyond
  • Establish on-going support for young people’s preferred identity stories and actions within and beyond the school and other communities

While no prior experience of narrative therapy is required, counsellors familiar with these ideas will enjoy developing their work with young people in a day of familiar language and practice.

Click here to register.

If you are interested in reading more, please see https://www.twoislandsandaboat.com for free readings and videos.

Where Laidlaw College Manukau, 20A Amersham Way, Manukau
When 9:00am - 3:00pm
Cost $60 (includes morning tea)
RSVP Complete the online registration form by Thursday 6 September


Donald McMenaminDonald is a counsellor and counsellor educator with 30 years experience working in New Zealand High Schools. His practice offers specialist work with young people, supervision, and counsellor education. Much of Donald’s time has been spent with young people at risk of suspension and exclusion: His Masters in Counselling thesis explored restorative practices in schools and his PhD considered how re-authoring identity stories can make a difference for young people in trouble at school. Donald has a love for engagement with narrative therapeutic ideas and enjoys finding creative ways to inspire others in the work.