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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.

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 therapeuticconversations.tv (including videos with Michael White, David Epston etc) Workshop participants discover and discuss the historical, political and theoretical foundations of narrative practice including:

  • Re-authoring and re-remembering conversations,
  • Relative influence questioning,
  • Relational externalizing practices,
  • Thickening counter-story description,
  • 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: David Nylund  ‘supervises’ the video session work of Stephen Madigan by asking close up questions about each therapeutic questions he asks (and does not ask) in therapy. Each question is theoretically situated and discussed to guide participants through the foundational theories at the heart of narrative therapy practice.  A full understanding of this theoretical knowledge is crucial to developing the craft of narrative therapy practice.

Day 3 – Friday 9:15am – 12:30pm  Rosa Artega MA discusses a post-feminist, anti-oppressive, narrative therapy approach to working with trauma and intimate violence against women. Rosa highlights therapeutic questions, ethics of therapist responsibility, structures of safety, group work practice, and team building.

1:30pm  – 4:30pm  Rosa Arteaga continues her discussion outlining her 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- David Nylund from Sacramento, California 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  Family Lawyer/Mediator Jean-Luc Forest and Stephen Madigan teach participants their Relational Interviewing ideas that shape a narrative therapy practice working with conflicted couple relationships. Through video tape sessions with couples (from three different countries) they discuss how they have had to rethink the practice ethics of traditional couple therapy and mediation practices and have subsequently – turned the practice of working relationally with conflicted couples upside down.

Day 5: Sunday 9:15am – 12:30pm Working as Clinical Director of the Gender Health Centre 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.

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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