SEPTEMBER 23rd- 27th, 2020

Six World Class Narrative Therapists + One Renowned Philosopher

Please Note: Training takes place live in Pacific Daylight Time Zone

Online Teaching Faculty

  Rosa Arteaga (Canada), Helene Grau (Denmark), Lorraine Hedtke (USA), 

Stephen Madigan (Canada), David Marsten (USA), Todd May (USA) & David Nylund (USA)

**Please note: Faculty and Final Schedule May Change. Thanks.


DAY 1: WEDNESDAY  8:15 AM – 2:15 PM (break from 11am-noon)

Stephen Madigan PhD

Foundations and Fundamentals of Narrative Therapy Practice

Stephen introduces participants to a range of therapeutic practices at the heart of narrative therapy including, 1) Relational externalizing, 2) Re-authoring values, 3) Re-membering conversations, 4) Categories and crafting questions, 5) The absent but implicit, and 6) Double listening. Stephen teaches and interacts with participant questions through 'slow showing' a variety of his video taped sessions (mistakes an all!).

DAY 2: THURSDAY 8:15 AM – 11:00AM

David Nylund PhD

Therapeutic Letter Writing with Children, Youth and Families and - Live Demonstration Interview

David highlights the art, structure, creativity and listening practices involved with several different therapeutic letter writing practices (when working with children, youth and families). He follows the discussion up with a superbly textured Live counter-story interview demonstration. Participants are then invited into the practice of letter writing by writing a response to the interview.

DAY 2: THURSDAY 12:00PM – 2:15PM 

Helene Grau MA, Stephen Madigan PhD & David Nylund PhD

Discussing the Ecology of the Receiving Context

Through close up supervision of session tapes and transcripts David, Helene and Stephen demonstrate narrative therapy's relational 'ecology' for receiving and responding to client stories. Participants interact with the relational fit between: non-essentialist thinking, Michel Foucault, the absent but implicit, double listening, our social locations, our personal histories, landscapes of action and identity questions, relative influence questions, re-membering and re-authoring conversations, unique outcome histories, scaffolding questions, temporality, narrative values, plus + plus +

DAY 3: FRIDAY 8:15AM – 11:00AM

Todd May PhD 

A Framework for Thinking About Narrative Therapy Practice 

Without an understanding of Michel Foucault ideas it would be difficult for a therapist to understand the practice of narrative therapy.  Philosopher Todd May guides participants on how Michael White relied heavily on Foucault's theoretical work to explain and formulate vital aspects of his non-essentialist approach to therapy. The discussion unravels the conceptual complexities of non-essentialism, expert knowledge, the concept of power, and links these theoretical ideas to our daily narrative therapy practices.

DAY 3 FRIDAY 12:00PM – 2:15PM 

Rosa Arteaga MA 

Gender-Violence and Trauma


Participants experience Rosa's narrative therapy/social justice/feminist inspired therapeutic practice to support girls and women of all ages, and diverse backgrounds who are experiencing complex trauma and violence. Her workshop takes the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos and unaltered transcripts. She is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada. 

DAY 4: SATURDAY 8:15 AM – 11:00AM

David Nylund PhD

Queer Informed Narrative Therapy

David presents his award winning innovative work on a Queer Theory informed Narrative Therapy Practice. Through slides show, session video and interactive discussion he highlights the contemporary issues of representation, homonormativity, transgender youth, trauma, violence, masculinities, gender binaries and more. 

DAY 4: SATURDAY 12:00PM – 2:15PM 

David Marsten MA

Wonderfulness Interviewing with Children and Families.

David will discuss and demonstrate direct narrative therapy practice with children in the context of family therapy. Key narrative practices will be addressed alongside David's newest ideas regarding narrative structure and dramatization.  Direct practice videos with children and families are used to demonstrate the beauty, skill and complexity of this work.

DAY 5: SUNDAY 8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Lorraine Hedtke PhD

Grief, Dying and Loss  

Lorraine guides participants through new and contemporary understandings found in her 2017 co-authored book The Crafting of Grief (Constructing Aesthetic Responses to Loss) to clearly demonstrate alternative practices when working with persons and families around experiences of grief, loss and death. The first class will focus on working with families and individuals who are 1) struggling with a recent loss and death of a loved one, 2) struggling with a recent loss and death of a person who they had a difficult relationship with (abuser or death through suicide).

DAY 5: SUNDAY 12:00PM – 2:15PM

Lorraine Hedtke PhD & Stephen Madigan PhD

Grief, Dying and Loss  - Live Demonstration Interview

Lorraine's work is highlighted through a Live Demonstration Re-membering Interview.  After the Live interview Stephen 'supervises' Lorraine work by asking questions about the questions she asked in the Live demonstration.



Stephen Madigan PhD + David Nylund PhD

Foundations and Fundamentals of Narrative Therapy Practice - Recap

David & Stephen engage participants in an interactive learning review of therapeutic ideas and practices learned over the five-day Foundations training. This is the time for participants to discuss what they learned, the specific ideas and practices that stood out, and to raise any questions regarding fundamental narrative therapy practices.



10:15 AM – 10:45 AM

Awarding VSNT Narrative Therapy Intensive Participant Training Certificates.

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Online Training 

** Participants receives ONE Month FREE membership**


SEPTEMBER 23rd - 27th,  2020

Please Note: Training will take place live in Pacific Daylight Time.

30 CE credits through Canadian Counselling
Psychotherapy Association


Upcoming training dates to be announced soon.

SEPTEMBER 23rd -27th, 2020


Professional, Student, Member pricing

Please be prepared to confirm student status upon request.




"The Developing Narrative Therapy Questions 3 day advanced training session was amazing. I truly did go through withdrawal when it was over, wishing I was still in the room with everyone witnessing therapeutic conversations, constructing questions, discussing those questions and writing therapeutic letters.


I found the course so intellectually stimulating and a joy to spend time with like-minded folks engaged in discussion and thought about how to engage people with respect and hope. The energy and commitment of the faculty was inspiring and affirming."

— Maureen Boettcher, MSW

Faculty at The School of Social and Community Services

George Brown College, Toronto

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