Because one story is not the only story.

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2 Stories PLC
is the clinical and training practice of Julie Tilsen, MA, LP, PhD.

2 Stories began in 2000 in collaboration with her close friends and most amazing youth workers, Kirsten Gerber and Brad Kraushaar.  Together, Julie, Kirsten and Brad organized (as much as one can organize a group of creative free spirits) a band of the best and boldest youth workers and clinicians in the Twin Cities to develop and deliver engaged and engaging services to youth and the adults that work alongside them.
Kirsten & BradWhile Kirsten and Brad have moved to New Hampshire (serving up wicked good youth work to the locals), and Julie has delved into a variety of other pursuits, the heart and soul of 2 Stories persists in everything she does: Innovative, responsive, thoughtful, and engaged service informed by socially just practices, that are anchored in the community and focus on results.

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Teaching at Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.

Teaching at Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, South Australia.

Check out the latest videos of Julie’s work

Therapeutic Conversations about Pop Culture

Cultural studies is an interdisciplinary field informed by methods and theories from literary studies, sociology, communication studies, history, cultural anthropology, feminist theory, and economics. Cultural studies focuses on the investigation of subjectivity and power in the social world, and in particular, in popular culture.  In this video, Julie introduces cultural studies methodologies as conceptual and conversational resources that help us have meaningful and productive conversations about peoples’ relationships with the commodities and practices of popular and media culture.  The video provides a brief overview of cultural studies, questions for reflections, sample questions from the three domains of inquiry (political economy, textual analysis, and audience reception), and suggestions for further reading.

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Queer Theory as a Resource for Therapists

In the first part of this video, Julie discusses queer theory as a theoretical resource for therapeutic practice. Next, Julie talks with Jayson, a transgender young person, about his experience navigating the limitations of the gender binary within a heteronormative and homonormative world. Questions for self-reflection are included and viewers are invited to write reflections to Jayson.

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Video Abstract - Cultural Studies Methodologies and Narrative Family Therapy: Therapeutic Conversations About Pop Culture

Cultural studies is an interdisciplinary field informed by methods and theories from literary studies, sociology, communication studies, history, cultural anthropology, feminist theory, and economics. Cultural studies focuses on the investigation of subjectivity and power in the social world, and in particular, in popular culture.  In this video, Julie introduces cultural studies methodologies as conceptual and conversational resources that help us have meaningful and productive conversations about peoples’ relationships with the commodities and practices of popular and media culture.  The video provides a brief overview of cultural studies, questions for reflections, sample questions from the three domains of inquiry (political economy, textual analysis, and audience reception), and suggestions for further reading.

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