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Foundations Level Training: 5-day Certificate Narrative Therapy Intensive

Foundations Level Training – 5-Day Certificate Narrative Therapy Intensive

September 20 – 24, 2017 – Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver, Canada 

These VSNT courses can be used as prerequisite courses for the Masters in Narrative Therapy program at the University of Melbourne, Australia (through Dulwich Centre) and, credit courses for the Child and Youth Care, Masters and PhD programs through the University of Victoria, Canada. The Canadian Counselling Association also awards CE credits for this training.

Wednesday all day and Thursday — 9:15am – 12:15pm
Day 1: Wednesday – 9:15am – 4:15pm For the first day of the week long intensive, Stephen Madigan MSW, MSc, PhD teaches participants both the creative foundations and future of narrative therapy theory and practice. The learning is guided by a close up, step-by-step analysis of his recent video sessions as well as excerpts from the historical archives of TCTV.live (including instructional videos on practice with Michael White, David Epston). Workshop participants discover and discuss the historical, political and theoretical foundations of narrative practice including:

  • Ethics behind narrative therapy practice,
  • Re-authoring and re-remembering conversations,
  • Relative influence questioning,
  • Relational externalizing practices,
  • Thickening counter-story descriptions,
  • Therapeutic letter writing,
  • Furthering unique outcome moments,
  • Circulating new and preferred developments

Participants learn through Stephen’s live session film work involving therapeutic conversations with: anxiety & depression; racism; couples relationships experiencing conflict; children & youth; anorexia & bulimia; and trauma.

Day 2: Thursday Morning 9:15am – 12:30pm  Stephen Madigan continues teaching participants both the creative foundations and future of narrative therapy theory and practice. The learning is guided through a close up, step-by-step analysis of his recent video sessions as well as excerpts from the historical archives of therapeuticconversations.tv (including videos and original handout outs by Michael White, David Epston etc).

1:30pm – 4:30pm: Working as co-founder and Clinical Director of the Gender Health Centre, University of California Social Work Professor David Nylund MSW, PhD presents his innovative work on a Queer Theory informed narrative therapy practice. Teaching through numerous taped session demonstrations David highlights theory, practice and supervision to highlight: issues of representation, homonormativity, transgender youth, trauma, violence, masculinities, gender binaries and more. 

Day 3 – Friday 9:15am – 12:30pm: David Nylund  presents a practice discussion highlighting the narrative therapy practice and craft of therapeutic letter writing with children and youth (video emphasis on ADHD, temper taming, bullying and fears). The workshop involves a live demonstration interview where participants learn the structure and art of writing therapeutic letters – through an exercise of writing therapeutic letters.

1:30pm  – 4:30pm   Rosa Artega MA is the clinical director of Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver.  She teaches her narrative therapy informed therapeutic work with girls and women who have experienced sexual violence by using narrative therapy questions to address the impacts (body, mind, spirit, sexual and sexuality). Rosa demonstraes how narrative therapy constitutes safe spaces where people can navigate away from the impacts/effects of sexual violence and – towards a place of agency (re-connections, healthy relationships and defining their own sexuality).

4:30pm – 6:00pm –Drinks with participants and faculty

Day 4: Saturday 9:15am – 12:30pm With her latest book The Crafting of Grief: Constructing Aesthetic Responses to Loss (2017), Lorraine Hedtke MSW, PhD has (completely!) revolutionized grief psychologies thinking and practice on grief and loss. She teaches participants new practice ideas on working with the loss of loved others and with more difficult death experiences involving trauma, abuse and suicide. Her practice work will concentrate on a deconstruction of grief psychologies dominant ideas and a reconstruction of grief and relationships through remembering conversations.

1:30pm – 4:30pm Lorraine Hedtke demonstrates her revolutionary narrative therapy work with grief and loss through a live interview.

Day 5: Sunday 9:15am – 12:30pm Stephen Madigan teaches participants his latest work on Relational Interviewing With Conflicted Couple Relationships. This new narrative therapy informed interviewing practice is designed to:

  • Increase vocabularies of ethics.
  • Decrease individualized relational conflict
  • Reinvigorate values of love, justice, politics, respect, collaboration, possibility.
  • Decreases psychologized vocabularies of deficit, pathology and limitation.

Participants watch a couple therapy session video highlighting the writing of therapeutic letters directly to the relationship. Each member of the couple is then invited to write from the relationships perspective – and reads the relational letter from the relationship in the session.

1:30pm – 3:30pm  Aaron Munroe MA Narrative and Queer Approaches to Housing First – Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Youth at RainCity Housing and Support Society. Aaron will discuss the creation of a Housing First Program designed to assist Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit youth experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Səl̓ílwətaʔ, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh peoples (Vancouver, BC). Utilizing Housing First, Queer Theory and Narrative informed approaches; RainCity co-created with youth the 1st Housing First Project developed specifically for LGBTQ2S* youth in Canada. Aaron will share the story of the creation of a project that houses and allies with these youth; what they have learned and the implication of those learnings when working with folks experiencing multifaceted intersecting identities experiencing homelessness. They think it’s a really cool story, one that reveals that solutions to homelessness are not routed solely in economics and housing markets but in community and connection based on lived experience.

3:30pm – 4:15pm – Awarding VSNT Narrative Therapy Intensive participant certificates.

Note: At the completion of the Intensive Week Long Narrative Therapy Practice Course participants will receive a document of certification from the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. Please be CERTAIN to advise Mariah on how you’d like your name to read on the certificate (thanks).


Foundations Level 1



Note: Due to high student enrolment VSNT does not, under any circumstance offer refunds. If for any reason you miss an VSNT course after payment is made, you are entitled to use the credit within 12 months for other VSNT courses/conference. Questions? Refer to FAQ section on the site or ring 604-688-7860

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