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2017 Summer One Week Narrative Therapy Intensive

Date:July 10-14, 2017

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

Space is limited to 50 seats - As of Feb. 10, 2017 there are 34 seats remaining.

Faculty:Dale Andersen-Giberson, Natasha Kis-Sines, Ruth Pluznick, and Angel Yuen

*Completion of this course counts as prerequisite condition for the University of Melbourne and Dulwich Centre Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work program


In this Narrative Therapy intensive program we will enjoy a full interactive week of learning and practicing. Throughout the training there will be a thorough exploration of narrative ideas and their application to a range of problems. Experiential exercises, didactic, role-play and video clips will assist in developing and/or honing each participant’s narrative skills.  Our last day will include a half-day with a live interview and opportunity for trainees to be part of an Outsider Witness reflecting team.

During this intensive participants will:

- explore the ideas that shape narrative practice
- learn how to engage in externalizing conversations and deconstruction of problem stories
- witness how serious problems can be addressed in playful and respectful ways
- learn about and practice outsider witnessing
- consider the broader context that affects people’s lives
- engage in practices that support rich subordinate story development, (re-membering, re-authoring, documentation)

The majority of this program will be facilitated by Angel Yuen and the following special workshops will also be included...

"We are not lost causes" - Stories of hope with young people engaged in violence

Full-day workshop facilitated by Natasha Kis-Sines and Ruth Pluznick

The experience of violence is a reality for many young people. As narrative therapists, we aim to understand the effects of violence on their lives and the influences that sustain the violence. We are also interested in the skills and knowledge, people and things that help young people to resist the violence. Acts of resistance provide clues to values, intentions and commitments that can be engaged to promote violence-free choices in life. This workshop will explore the potential for narrative ideas and practices to contribute to safer communities, both in individual and collective practice.

Topics and narrative practices covered in this full-day workshop include:

- locating the experience of violence within a broader social context
- exploring the meaning of violence for young people
externalizing the problem
exploring the effects of violence on family/friends/life
discovering/gathering stories of resistance to violence (unique outcomes)
documenting learnings of young people from their experience of violence
naming who and what sustains their efforts to resist violence
documenting messages for other young people whose lives and relationships are impacted by violence

Re-membering Practices 

Half-day workshop facilitated by Dale Andersen-Giberson

Re-membering conversations have been developed by Michael White based on the idea that identity is constructed through an association of life.  Re-membering conversations offer possibilities to speak to membership around one's club of life, where members can be upgraded or downgraded, honoured or disqualified.  Through therapeutic inquiry, exploring the club of life can offer a deliberate reorganizing of the membership of one’s life and encourage openings into preferred territories of understanding.

Participants can expect to develop ideas around re-membering which can be used in a number of ways.  This includes preferred story development, assisting the languaging of identity construction and with conversations around death and dying.  Experiential exercises and discussion around taped interviews will be used to facilitate learning.


Who should register for this one week intensive?

This intensive training program will be suitable to a range of service workers including counsellors, community  workers, mental health workers, child and youth workers, nurses and many more.  The week will benefit those new to narrative ideas and those who are wishing to extend and stretch their current narrative practice.  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 school social worker for the Toronto District School Board. She is committed to non-pathologizing practices in her work alongside persons of all ages while continually considering the influences of the broader context of power relations. She has been using narrative practices for over 20 years and for the past decade has taught several workshops locally and in several different countries. In 2006 Angel joined the international teaching faculty for the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide Australia. She 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 has also produced a public education video with young men in her school about their experience of depression. The video offers a first-person account of their experiences of depression, its effects on their lives and relationships and their strategies to move forward in life, despite the challenges. Natasha can be contacted at


Ruth Pluznick is a narrative therapist and the Director of the Clinical Services at Oolagen. She is a member of the international faculty of the Dulwich Centre, a co-founder and teacher for the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto and a sessional lecturer for University of Toronto.  Ruth has been practicing and teaching narrative therapy for over 20 years, and is particularly committed to inclusion of social justice values in her work.  Ruth and Natasha are always on the lookout for opportunities to create public platforms for voices of young people from marginalized communities.  Ruth can be contacted at

Dale Andersen-Giberson is a Social Worker and Narrative Therapist.  He is currently working with the West Durham Family Health Team in Pickering, Ontario.  He has previously worked at Oolagen Community Services and Pinewood Centre of Lakeridge Health where he worked with young people and families around substance use and mental health concerns.  Dale continues to be interested in working with people who use video games, constructions of gender and culture and the meaning that is made in the encounter of difficult experiences

Registration fees...

 Special low early rate $595 until Feb. 26 - Early rate of $675 until June 11 - Regular rate of $725 thereafter

Attendee Type
Regular - $595.00 CAD
Students with ID or groups of 3 or more save 10% - $535.50 CAD
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Suggested reading for those new to narrative therapy...

Introductory chapters of 'What is Narrative Therapy: An Easy to Read Introduction" by Alice Morgan available online at the Dulwich Centre website


Additional  Information


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Certificates of Participation

Certificates of Participation will be available upon completion of the intensive and will state 27 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


Daily Timetable

Day One - 9 am to 4 pm

Day Two - 9 am to 4 pm

Day Three- 9 am to 1 pm (afternoon free)

Day Four - 9 am to 4 pm

Day Five - 9 am to 4 pm

The program includes daily coffee/tea breakfast and snacks. Lunch will be from 12-1:10pm daily* and is on your own.

*no lunch break on shorter Day 3, but there will be two small breaks































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