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2018 Summer One Week Narrative Therapy Intensive

Date:July 9-13, 2018

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


Space will be limited to 55 seats for this program

Faculty:  Amy Druker, Ruth Pluznick, Jia Yao 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)


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

Amy Druker is a narrative therapist in both public practice (at a youth mental health centre in downtown Toronto) and private practice. Amy's work is guided by post-structural thinking, and the questioning of taken-for-granted ways of thinking about things (including taken-for-granted ways of thinking about "doing" therapy, and the imposition of expert knowledge). Amy strives to live out the values and ethics of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice in her work with young people and the folks she meets in private practice. In addition to her work as an individual, couples and family therapist, Amy has taught various narrative therapy workshops in the community and academic settings, and offers clinical supervision. 


Jia Yao is a narrative therapist whose practice is guided by critical social work theory -- particularly post-structural thinking. She obtained her Master of Social Work education from York University and currently works in both public and private practice settings. She strives to engage with people in ways that honour and respect their knowledge, abilities and values. In addition to her front line practice, she is actively involved in the teaching of Narrative Therapy through workshops and classes in community and academic spaces. She can be reached at

ruthRuth 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

 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 and narrative practice.


Registration fees...

 Special low early rate $595 until Feb 28, 2018 - Early rate of $675 until June 9, 2018  Regular rate of $725 thereafter

Attendee Type
Regular - $595.00 CAD
Students with ID or groups of 3 or more save 10%
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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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