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Learn from the world's most experienced Narrative Therapy teaching team 

Train with Integrity, Politic and Purpose


Welcome to the Vancouver School For Narrative Therapy

The Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy (VSNT) opened as the first Narrative Therapy Training Institute in the Northern Hemisphere. VSNT is home to the most experienced, most published, and most highly trained Narrative Therapy Teaching Faculty in the world.​ We invite you to join our international community alongside thousands of other dedicated therapists and students to learn about the beauty, politic, ideology, justice, and creativity of this work.

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Training Opportunities in 2023 membership offers significant discounts to all training events

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Foundations One: 5-Day Certificate Training (30 CEC's)

Six world-class narrative therapists teach alongside a revered critical race theorist and one internationally renowned philosopher. Together, they guide participants towards a meaningful skill based and practical understanding of both narrative therapy theory and practice.


VSNT faculty illustrate the complexity and creativity of their interviewing practice through in depth discussion, 'slow showing' session tapes, and conducting live interview demonstrations. 

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The BIG LIVE Narrative Conference

In 1993 VSNT hosted the first ever international narrative therapy conference. Finally, after 22 conferences and hundreds of training courses and thousands of client session hours and a long 3.5 year COVID layoff, we are inspired to bring you the very best narrative therapy thinkers and therapists from across the world - LIVE! 

All practice based workshops are skill focused and designed to demonstrate (with videos and unaltered transcripts) the latest developments in narrative therapy theory and practice.

Join VSNT each evening for the very best post conference day gatherings. Connect, have a drink, relax, and meet up with presenters and community.

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Four Month Supervision Cross-Training Immersion Course

The Vancouver School's Cross Training Supervision course is designed to fundamentally change the participant's: therapeutic flexibility, agility, cleverness and curiosity - while elevating their poise, confidence, competence and skill level - by continually altering and challenging the supervisee’s theoretical, emotional, political and narrative practice-learning experience.

If you are looking for a full-on experiential immersion into the heart of narrative therapy and to work closely alongside world class narrative therapists - this may be the adventure for you.

Registration is limited to 22 students.

Now accepting for 2024!

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Foundations Two: 2-Day Applied Skills of Narrative Practice
(12 CEC's)


Level Two Foundations is committed to and laser focused on dramatically increasing a  participants range and skill in learning the craft of composing, learning and asking narrative therapeutic questions inside the therapy room.


Participants learn the craft, historical meanings, tricks, and creative structures of narrative questions. Participants are taught narrative questions and art of therapeutic letter writing through a unique set of live session exercises designed and developed by VSNT faculty.

Faculty are practicing narrative therapists and supervisors ~ Stephen Madigan PhD and David Nylund PhD.

Sold out~2024 dates coming soon!

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An all inclusive, 24/7 access, membership only, online interactive narrative therapy learning platform.


Provides the largest archive of Narrative Therapy. Including: an ever growing list of over 250 CEC course lessons + over 100 documents (articles/session transcripts/workshop slides) + over 100

recorded workshop lectures, Live client therapy sessions and Live interactive long play series. All with VSNT faculty and international guests discussing all of the most recent narrative ideas and therapeutic practices. 

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Foundations Three: 5-day Advanced Skills Intensive (30 CEC's)

VSNT faculty are dramatically reshaping the ideas and practices of Narrative Therapy. Join us for a powerful, 2-weekend intensive that promises to improve your application and knowledge of narrative therapy.

International faculty:

Rosa Arteaga (Canada/Mexico), Julia Gerlitz (Canada), Helene Grau Kristensen (Denmark), Stephen Madigan (Canada), David Marsten (USA),Todd May (USA), David 'Rock' Nylund (USA)


"I loved all the information and getting it from such high quality professionals. It was amazing to be able to see them all in action. The live demonstrations were probably my favourite part, as well as all of the discussion."

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