California Presenter Bios

Rosa Elena Arteaga – Vancouver Canada

Rosa has thousands and thousands of therapy hours providing support to girls and women who experience gendered violence. She is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada and a Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. Rosa has developed an innovative narrative/social justice inspired therapeutic practice to support girls and women of all ages, and diverse backgrounds who are experiencing complex trauma. Her local, national and international workshops take the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos and transcripts.

Stephen Madigan – Vancouver, Canada

madigan150x150Stephen is the director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. He’s enjoyed a long time apprenticeship in narrative ideas and therapeutic practices and is presently developing a new ‘relational interviewing’ approach to working with conflicted couple relationships. The American Psychological Association is publishing a 2nd Edition of his best selling book Narrative Therapy – theory and practice (2011) in September 2017. Stephen trains, consults and supervises Norway’s National high conflict couple team project and – teaches narrative therapy workshops worldwide.


Laurie Markham – Los Angeles, USA

Laurie is the fieldwork coordinator for the USC Rossier School of Education and the Medi-Cal program coordinator at Miracle Mile Community Practice. She has published her written work in Family Process and The Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Her fondness for young people dates to her 10 years as a public school teacher, and more recently, her work as a therapist in public mental health. She is co-author, along with David Epston & David Marsten, of Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (WW Norton).



David Marsten – Los Angeles, USA
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David is the director of Miracle Mile Community Practice and has practiced narrative therapy with young people and their families for over 25 years. He presents narrative workshops internationally and he and his co-authors David Epston & Laurie Markham launched their new book entitled Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (WW Norton) in the Fall of 2016.





David Nylund  – Sacramento, California
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David is a Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento.  He is also the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center, a non-profit agency based in Sacramento, California that serves the transgender and queer communities. David has been a faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy since 2010, and is the author of several books and articles on narrative therapy, queer theory, cultural studies, and critical sports studies.



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