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 

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

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.

Wednesday all day and Thursday — 9:15am – 12:15pm
Day 1: Wednesday – 9:15am – 12:15pm Stephen Madigan MSW, MSc, PhD introduces participants to politic, ideology  and context involved in learning the foundations and future of narrative therapy theory and practice. The morning is guided by a close up, step-by-step analysis of his recent video sessions as well as excerpts from the historical archives of (including instructional videos on practice with Michael White, David Epston).

1:30pm – 4:30pm: For the last 13 years Rosa Artega MA has been the acting clinical director and supervisor of Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver.  She teaches 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).

Day 2: Thursday Morning 9:15am – 12:30pm  Stephen Madigan will discuss:

  • 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

1:30pm – 4:30pm: Stephen Madigan & David Nylund MSW, PhD discuss the grammar, direction and intention of narrative therapy questions through participant interviews.

Day 3 – Friday 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, 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 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  narrative therapy work with grief and loss through a live remembering interview.

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

Day 4: Saturday 9:15am – 12:30pm David Nylund MSW, PhD presents a practice discussion highlighting various narrative therapy practices 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 creativity involved with writing therapeutic letters – through an exercise of writing therapeutic letters.

1:30pm – 4:15pm  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. 

Day 5: Sunday 9:15am – 10:45am Aaron Munroe MA presents on Narrative and Queer Approaches to Housing First – through his work with 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 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.  

11:00am – 12:30pm – Akeiko Rawn MA presents her novel and respectful relationship with autistic students and the narrative practices involved in getting to know the youth beyond the story of the diagnosis.  

1:30pm  – 3:30pm – Stephen Madigan ends the training by revisiting any burning questions the participants may be wrestling with from their 5-day narrative training 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)

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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