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.
VSNT.live membership offers significant discounts to all training events
5-Day Foundations Certificate Training
“I was awe struck by who the faculty are and blown away by how much I was able to learn. This course was not only a turning point in my learning but also in my life!! Sending much gratitude and thanks to all of you. Definitely see you again in the next VSNT course!!” - Participant, September 2021, New York City
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 patient discussion, 'slow showing' session tapes, and conducting live interview demonstrations.
3-Day Applied Skills of Narrative Practice (18 CEC's)
"The benefits of this workshop far exceeded my expectations. After the course I went back to my therapy practice and experienced a fresh new vitality and confidence in my work. I couldn't ask for anything more - huge thanks!" - Applied Skills Participant, November 2021,London, UK
Applied Skills Practice course creatively builds participant knowledge and practice confidence in the development of narrative therapy questions and therapeutic letters.
Course learning is highly interactive experiential supervisory learning and designed to help participants move forward and away from the struggle of not knowing how to proceed during narrative therapy interviews with clients.
Faculty include practicing narrative therapists Stephen Madigan and David (Rock) Nylund and the brilliant philosopher Todd May.
Past Foundations participants welcome + therapists/students with a working understanding of narrative therapy.
5-Day Advanced Narrative Practice (30 CEC's)
“Being a narrative therapist for over 15 years, I wondered what was left to learn? Your Advanced Practice course opened SO many new possibilities for new practice. Thanks to ALL of you and your beautiful work and showing me a way into the future!” - Advanced Participant, May 2021, Los Angeles, California
VSNT faculty explain and demonstrate their latest breakthroughs in theory and practice. The course builds upon a participant's traditional narrative practice experience by highlighting a wide range of new theoretical understandings and relationally creative forms of narrative therapy practice.
Advanced Narrative Practice is collectively taught through the new work of: a critical race scholar, a continental philosopher, a trans identified community organizer, and six world class narrative therapists.
All participants are welcome.
Couple Therapy Training
Teaching alongside the brilliant philosopher Todd May, award winning couple therapist Stephen Madigan demonstrates how he created a new relational, non-individualist, culturally contextualized, common-sense approach to the practice of couple therapy.
"The Relational Interviewing workshop offers a paradise for any couple therapist - especially those with a narrative therapy soul. Powerful! Brilliant! Bravo Stephen!"
- Participant,January 2020 ,Hong Kong, China
Todd guides participants into the philosophical complexities with theories supporting Relational Interviewing. Stephen demonstrates the most current relational practices of Relational Interviewing through teaching slides, interactive discussion, and shows a variety of video taped sessions with conflicted couple relationships he works with in Canada, Noway and the USA.
"I could not fail to tell you that your Relational Interviewing course was not only significant in relation to my professional mediation practice. It also made all the difference to my married life. My husband loved the concept of fidelity to the foundational values of the relationship! Thank you so much for that!"
- Participant, October 2021, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Come witness a practice of couple therapy the world of couple therapy is talking about.
VSNT.live has been described as "Highly addictive", "Otherworldly", and "Netflix for Narrative Therapists".
All inclusive, 24/7 access, membership only, online interactive narrative therapy learning platform.
Provides the largest archive of Narrative Therapy recorded workshop lectures, Live client therapy sessions, curated CEC courses, session transcripts, selected articles, and Live interactive long play series with VSNT faculty and international guests discussing all the most recent narrative ideas and therapeutic practices.
** Yearly memberships begin at $159. and offer discounts to ALL VSNT training events.
Third Nordic Narrative Therapy Conference
Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy &
Narrativ Praxsis Bergen present the Third Nordic Narrative Therapy Conference. The learning is highlighted through the work of International Presenters demonstrating new developments in narrative therapy practice with children, families, couples and communities.
Dates: May 4-6, 2022
Location: Bergen Literaturhaus, Østre Skostredet 5, 5017
Teaching Faculty: Mwamini Ali-Sivertsen (Norway), Rosa Arteaga (Canada), Elin Bjøru (Norway), Stein Roger Brønseth (Norway), Erling Fidjestøl (Norway), Helene Grau (Denmark), Nina Tejs Jorring (Denmark), Cecilie Kristiansen (Norway), Cecilie Erichsen Lærkerød (Norway), Stephen Madigan (Canada), David Marsten (USA), Gunnar Martinsen (Norway), Todd May (USA), Aaron Munro (Canada), Ottar Ness (Norway), David Nylund (USA), Siv Sæveraas (Norway), Rolph Sundet (Norway), Dina von Heimburg (Norway).
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"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."