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2014 Summer 4-Day Narrative Therapy Intensive:

Taking Narrative Ideas into your everyday practice

Date:July 7-10, 2014 (9am to 4pm daily)

Location: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON

With Angel Yuen and special half-day workshop with Ruth Pluznick and Natasha Kis-Sines

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Our annual intensive is a training program that will provide an immersion into the many exciting ideas and practices that inform both Narrative Therapy and Narrative Collective Practice.

Our program structure:

Throughout this 4-day training program theory will be grounded in practice-based stories which will illustrate narrative ideas-in-action. Experiential exercises, didactic, role-play and video clips will guide the learning together.  A half-day will include a live interview and opportunity for trainees to be part of an Outsider Witness reflecting team. A binder will also be included filled with ample handouts and narrative exercises and maps.

Over four days together we will explore:

-  The key principles of narrative practice
· The maps of narrative therapy: statement of position maps (externalizing and unique outcomes) re-membering,          and re-authoring.
· How to move from problem stories towards preferred identity stories
· How to situate problems in the broader contexts of various power relations
· Practices that support rich subordinate story development

Special half-day workshop with Natasha Kis-Sines and Ruth Pluznick

Narrative practices for families and individuals experiencing mental health challenges

Narrative therapy has the potential to address the politics of experience as well as to provide therapeutic responses to problems in living. In keeping with the spirit of Michael White’s work with persons facing mental health difficulties, this workshop will deconstruct discourses that diminish the lives and relationships of persons facing mental health challenges and provide maps and illustrations of pathways from ‘problem stories’ to ‘preferred stories’ for individuals and families. Illustrations from work with young people and parents will be shared and opportunities to practice skills will be offered.

The focus of this half-day workshop is families and individuals experiencing mental health difficulties, but the narrative ideas and practices will have relevance for other problems in living as well.

Topics include the following narrative practices:

·        Naming the problem

·        Externalizing the problem

·        Double –listening for stories of hardship and stories of resistance

·        Documenting the stories

·        Finding an audience

Who should register for this 4-day intensive?

This intensive training program will be suitable to practitioners who are wishing to extend and stretch their current narrative practice. It will also benefit the avid narrative beginner. Most of all it will be relevant to anyone hoping to take narrative ideas back into their everyday practice.


Summer program faculty:


 Angel Yuen  is a private therapist in Durham region and a part-time school social worker for the Toronto District School Board . She has been using narrative practices for 20 years and for the past decade has facilitated several narrative workshops locally and in many different countries.  She is also a member of the Dulwich Centre international faculty. Angel is co-editor with Cheryl White of the 2007 book Conversations about gender, culture, violence &  narrative practice.


Natasha Kis-Sines is a member of the Toronto District School Board social work team. She works with young people and families from diverse communities and is deeply committed to social justice.

Natasha can be contacted at


Ruth Pluznick is Clinical Director at Oolagen, a children's mental health centre  in Toronto. She is a founding member and teacher for Narrative Therapy Centre and is a  member of the international faculty of the Dulwich Centre. Ruth is  particularly committed to narrative practice for marginalized communities.

Ruth can be contacted at

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Certificates of Participation

Certificates of Participation will be available upon completion of the intensive and will state 24 hours of narrative therapy 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.

Includes binder with ample handouts


New to Narrative Therapy?

If you are a newcomer to narrative therapy, we suggest first reading the introductory chapters of 'What is Narrative Therapy: An Easy to Read Introduction" by Alice Morgan available online at the Dulwich Centre website

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