Foundations Training: 5-day Certificate Narrative Therapy Intensive

September 26-30, 2018

Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver, Canada 

Faculty: Rosa Arteaga, Lorraine Hedtke, Stephen Madigan, David Nylund

The Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association awards 30 CE credits for this VSNT certificate training.

*Please note the schedule is subject to change

Wednesday all day — 9:15 am – 4:30 pm
Day 1: Wednesday – 9:15 am – 12:15 pm Stephen Madigan MSW, MSc, PhD introduces participants to the history, politic, ideology and other worldly therapeutic practice of Michael White. Selecting tapes from the historical archives of the workshop day is guided by a close up, step-by-step analysis of Michael’s key ideas and then demonstrated through Stephen’s recent video sessions.

  • 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

Day 2: Thursday Morning 9:15 am – 12:30 pm  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, loss and letting go. 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 Michael Whites original ideas of ‘Saying hello again’ and ‘remembering conversations’ – to assist with her present day deconstruction of grief psychologies dominant ideas and the reconstruction of grief and relationships through these remembering conversations.

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Lorraine Hedtke demonstrates her lineage with Michael White’s narrative therapy work with grief and loss through a live remembering interview.

Day 3 – Friday 9:15 am – 12:30 pm: Veteran Los Angeles based narrative therapist David Marsten, MA is the co-author of the fabulous new book on working with children, youth and families entitled Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (2017). Having recently presented this ground breaking narrative therapy practice in India, Turkey, Spain, Norway, USA and Canada, David teaches the workshop through theoretical discussion, live video taped sessions, and the history of Michael’s practice with youth and children.

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: David Marsten, MA continues his up close discussion and session analysis regarding the specifics of wonderfulness interviewing with children, youth and families.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm –Drinks with participants and faculty at the Granville Island Hotel bar

Day 4: Saturday 9:15 am – 12:30 pm David Nylund MSW, PhD presents a practice discussion highlighting various narrative therapy practices of therapeutic letter writing with children and youth that he first learned through David Epston and Michael White (video emphasis on ADHD, temper taming, bullying and fears). The workshop involves a live demonstration interview where participants learn the structure and creativity involved with writing therapeutic letters – through an exercise of writing therapeutic letters.

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Working as both co-founder and Clinical Director of the Gender Health Centre, and at the University of California Social Work – David Nylund  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. 

2:45 – 4:15: David Nylund interviews VSNT faculty Aaron Munroe MA on Narrative and Queer Approaches to the opioid crisis in Vancouver. They will also discuss Aaron’s 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 Səl̓ílwəta, Xʷməθkwəy̓əm, & Sḵwx̱wúmesh 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.

Day 5: Sunday 9:15 am – 12:30 pm – For the last 13 years VSNT faculty member Rosa  Arteaga MA has been the acting clinical director and supervisor of Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver.  She teaches participants her unique brand of narrative therapy and social justice 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).

1:30 pm  – 2:30 pm – Rosa Arteaga continues to teach her unique brand of narrative therapy and social justice informed therapeutic work

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm – Stephen Madigan ends the training by revisiting any burning questions the participants may be wrestling with from their 5-day narrative training experience.

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

 VSNT training may also 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.

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 advise us on how you would like your name to read on the certificate ~ thanks.



Note: Due to high student enrolment VSNT does not, under any circumstance offer refunds. If for any reason you miss a 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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