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Working with Young People: Narrative Approaches to Suicidal Thoughts and Self-Harm


    Date: T.b.a

    Location:  Family Service Toronto

   202-128A Sterling Road , Toronto, M6R 2B7 map

   9 am to 4 pm


A message from the NTC on Feb. 10th 2017 - Please note that our March 2nd workshop has been cancelled. A new date will be planned for Fall 2017 or Winter 2018. Please check back on this webpage in later spring 2017 for details.

Faciltated by Angel Yuen

This workshop will be of interest to service providers in youth mental health, child protection, hospital, school, community and private practice settings who are working with youth struggling with depression, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts and/or self-harm.

In this workshop participants will gain practice in double-listening where stories of suffering, hardship and pain will be richly acknowledged and preferred stories will be brought out of the shadows.  Young people’s multi-storied lives will be honoured by unearthing stories about their hopes and dreams for the future, skills and knowledges of holding onto hope, acts of resistance, values, connections to others and much more.

During the day together we will:

- explore some of the medicalized discourses and taken-for-granted assumptions in the area of youth mental health

· learn how externalizing conversations can help to separate the young person from the problem, and hence lessen shame that often accompanies self-harm and suicidal thoughts

· address safety concerns in relation to self-harming behaviours and suicidal thoughts and also be on the lookout for openings to values, hopes, skills and knowledges

· learn an alternative framework for conversations about suicide (Stout, L. 2010)

· explore openings to preferred stories with a focus on rich story development

· practice narrative lines of enquiry that can be taken into everyday practice

This training is designed for those who have an existing knowledge of Narrative Therapy and the avid beginner. If you are a newcomer to narrative ideas before registering we ask that you read the following paper from the Dulwich Centre websiteWhat is Narrative Therapy? An Easy to read introduction by Alice Morgan and / or take the first three modules (Welcome, The Narrative Metaphor and Externalizing) of the free online course at the Dulwich Centre 'What is Narrative Practice?'

Registration fee includes lunch

Early rate of $135 until February 6th, 2017 -  Regular rate of $155 thereafter

Attendee Type
Regular $135.00 CAD
Student or Group $121.50 CAD
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About the Facilitator...

Angel Yuen M.S.W., R.S.W., is a school social worker for the Toronto District School Board and private therapist in Durham region using narrative approaches with children, young people, families, couples and also in supervision and teaching. She is an international faculty member of the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work program. Angel is co-editor with Cheryl White of the 2007 book Conversations about gender, culture, violence and narrative practice.




Additional Information


Please note that the FST venue is located in west Toronto and there are not many options for near-by accomodation. Here are three options ...

Gladstone Hotel

Drake Hotel

Howard Johnson Inn Toronto Downtown West - 14

Click here for hotels located downtown Toronto

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will be accepted if requested in writing at least 14 days prior to the event date. A 10% administration fee will be deducted from the amounts refunded.

We regret that a refund cannot be offered after the cancellation deadline, but a colleague may be subsituted for attendance.

Certificates of Participation

Certificates of Participation will be available upon completion of the workshop and will state 6 hours of training. Certificates may be used to qualify for elifibility for continuing education credits from professional colleges and licensing boards. Please contact your own college or association to confirm its requirements.




Student or Group?

Students and groups of 3 or more receive a 10% discount!




















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