NEW!! Advanced Skills of Narrative Practice
6 Day Intensive
(30 CEC's)

Advanced Skills of Narrative Practice
6 Day Intensive 

30 CE credits granted by the CCPA

VSNT faculty + international colleagues are reshaping the ideas, skills, and practices of Narrative Therapy. Join us for a 3 weekend intensive, focussing on the applicaiton of narrative skills within important contexts. 

Three Weekends of Skills Training!

Weekend One: December 9-10, 2022

Skills of Practice - Lost Art of Narrative Family Therapy:

Working with Children,Youth and Families + Narrative Therapy with Eating Disorders

Christine Dennstedt PhD, Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD  


Weekend Two: January 28-29, 2023

Skills of Practice - Narrative Therapy informed Relational Interviewing with Couples Helene Grau Kristensen MA, Stephen Madigan PhD, Todd May PhD


Weekend Three: February 4-5, 2023

Skills of Practice - Narrative Therapy, Neurobiology, Trauma, and the Body.

Rosa Arteaga MA & Jeff Zimmerman PhD

Teaching Faculty: Rosa Arteaga (Mexico/Canada), Christine Dennstedt (Canada),

Helene Grau (Denmark), Stephen Madigan (Canada), Todd May (USA), David Nylund (USA), Jeff Zimmerman (USA)

Zoom Time: 8:15am - 2:15pm PST

Location: Classes are taught live through Zoom video conferencing

Professional: $799 CAD (+ tax)

Students/ members: $599 CAD (+ tax)


Proof of student status is required when registering for all workshops

VSNT faculty welcomes participants at all levels of practice experience and theoretical understanding to join us in these new training courses.

This course is presented live on Zoom. Due to issues of confidentiality and participant consent, recordings of this training will not be made available.

Weekend One: 
December 9 -10, 2022
8:15am - 2:15pm Pacific Time

Skills of Practice: The Lost Art of Narrative Family Therapy: Working with Children, Youth and Families + Narrative Therapy with Eating Disorders

With Christine Dennstedt PhD, Stephen Madigan PhD,
David Nylund PhD  

Day One: On the first day of training participants receive a well-informed, close-up experience in the lost art of Narrative Family Therapy. Participants learn both old-school and new school narrative practices in working with youth and families.  Through demonstrations and videos, Rock and Stephen discuss how narrative family therapy provides a context to deconstruct problematic stories, tell and retell preferred stories, and initiate relational focused narrative questions to assist in the re-storying of lives and relationships. 

Day Two: Anorexia and bulimia have the highest death rates among all mental health issues. The contextual complexities involved with supporting the life of the problem pose tremendous challenges to therapists, families, and communities. 

Christine guides participants through a narrative therapy informed, non-individualist, cultural and contextual therapeutic practice discussion and demonstrates the creativity involved with an Anti-anorexia/bulimia narrative therapy practice. She introduces participants to 15-year old client Paddi, outlines the ‘parasitic nature’ of the problem and, explains a common ‘tunnel of anorexia’ journey leading towards hospitalization and, back towards health.

Stephen demonstrates an important narrative therapy history of anti-anorexic practice working with persons, families, hospital teams, and the establishment of patient/family multiple family groups and, the formation of activist community based insider groups like the Vancouver Anti-anorexia League.

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Couple in Raincoats

Weekend Two: 
January 28-29, 2023
8:15am - 2:15pm Pacific Time

Skills of Practice: Relationships are Relational Narrative Therapy informed Relational Interviewing with Couples 

With Helene Grau MA, Stephen Madigan PhD, Todd May PhD

Popular therapeutic understandings of psychological pain and emotional distress as an outcome of couple conflict locate meaning in individualist explanations. These practices often obscure a wide range of cultural complexities that shape the couple’s experience of relationship life and their expressions of this experience.


Narrative Therapy Informed Relational Interviewing (NIRI) is the Vancouver School’s response to fill in the gaps found in these contemporary practices of Couple Therapy that we find relationally and conceptually - disembodied from culture, context, power relations, and normative discourse.  


Day One: On the first day of training Stephen guides participants through discussions and focused video demonstrations of this ground-breaking NIRI Couple Therapy practice. Participants experience direct interviewing skills regarding: Reconstructing a relational history of the relationship values and desired practices; Reconceptualizing conflict as loss and grief; Relational difference; Reconfiguring relationship and cultural expectations, creating rites of identity passages, and relational letter writing directly to the relationship.

Day Two: Todd begins the day with his (always) uniquely unconventional philosophical discussions relating to Stephen’s NIRI practice regarding key topics of relational values, care, conflict, memory, creativity, and imagination.

Helene demonstrates how she is creating entirely new forms of narrative therapy practice where she has not only incorporated but furthered Relational Interviewing skills. Participants engage and are slowly guided through her NIRI work with Couples experiencing the death, grief and loss of a child.

Helene, Todd, and Stephen conclude the workshop together with discussions on where they expect their Relational Interviewing practice taking them in the future.

Weekend Three: 
February 4-5, 2023
8:15am - 2:15pm Pacific Time

Skills of Practice: Narrative Therapy and the Body.
Neurobiology, Trauma, and Interviewing the Body

With Rosa Arteaga MA & Jeff Zimmerman PhD

Day One: Narrative Therapy and Neurobiology: Strange Bedfellows or a Thicker Union? For over 15 years Jeff Z has been speaking internationally and writing on the necessary ways narrative therapy and neurobiology interconnect, relationally engage and fit together. And how current understandings about the brain and the distributed nervous system in the body might contribute to dramatically enrich and evolve our narrative therapy approaches to practice


Jeff highlights all these possibilities with special attention given to how stress and trauma show up in the body, and how the bodies adaptations to circumstances might be a fruitful focus for our work.  He asks all participants to bring both their head AND their body to this conversation!


Day Two: Rosa’s workshop transports participants beyond current trauma informed practice trends and highlights her twenty years of direct practice as acting Clinical Supervisor of an experienced, all woman, narrative therapy inspired gender violence team in Vancouver, Canada.

Rosa introduces participants to a profoundly new narrative therapy approach to working with girls and women survivors of gender and sexual violence. Participants experience a fresh and original, relational, political and contextual reconnection with the woman’s body and demonstrations of Rosa - directly interviewing the woman’s body.

Rosa and Jeff conclude the workshop together with discussions on where they expect their narrative practice taking them in the future.

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Rosa Arteaga, MA

Rosa developed an innovative 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 work takes the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos and unaltered transcripts. Rosa is the Clinical Director and Supervisor of a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada. Rosa is a longtime Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. 

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Christine Dennstedt PhD

For the first ten years post Masters

Christine trained, published and worked,  at a narrative informed substance use program for street and sex trade youths. By 2010 she had completed her PhD after writing a narrative therapy based Doctoral Dissertation on the interconnection between substance misuse and disordered eating in the lives of young women. Along with her private practice in Whistler, Canada, Christine is now involved in new developments occurring in the field of psychedelic medicines and mental health - and their relationship with narrative practice. In 2021 she was accepted into the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program.  


Helene Grau, MA

Helene is a co-founder of Praksis: The Centre for Narrative Therapy in Denmark. She was originally supervised and trained for many years by Michael White, presents workshops internationally, teaches narrative therapy courses at the University of Copenhagen and is a faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. Helene publishes on the issues of Grief, Death, Loss and Hope and her therapy practice specializes in working with parents who have experienced the death of a child. Helene is also a regular interview guest on

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Stephen Madigan, PhD

Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist, best selling therapy author, Training Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content manager of, long time supervisor to Norway’s High Couple Conflict Teams, and, he wrote the first ever doctoral dissertation on narrative therapy. His therapy work is studied in Graduate University programs across the world through various media forms such as the American Psychological Associations production of a set of six professional learning videos filming his live narrative practice, and the 1st and 2nd Edition of his book Narrative Therapy, published in 2011 & 2019 (3rd Edition out in 2023). Stephen teaches, trains, consults and supervises globally.

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Todd May, PhD

Todd is the resident teaching philosopher and faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University, and teaches people sentenced to life imprisonment and others coming off of years in solitary confinement. He is the author of sixteen books of philosophy, including Michel Foucault (2006) and Gilles Deleuze (2005).  For decades he has been active in grassroots political movements and most recently in immigration rights and anti-racism campaigns. He was the philosopher advisor to the hit TV show The Good Place on NBC and the primary philosophical consultant on a  fabulous book entitled How to Be Perfect, written by Emmy Award–winning television producer and writer Mike Schur (2022). He has recently completed a new book on The Philosophy of Care.

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David 'Rock' Nylund, PhD

Rock began practicing narrative therapy in 1990. He is a Professor of Social Work at California State University Sacramento, Clinical Director/Supervisor of the award winning Gender Health Centre, and longtime Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. He has written three  books on Narrative Therapy: Narrative Therapies with Children and Adolescents (1997); Treating Huckleberry Finn: A New Narrative Approach to Working with Kids Diagnosed ADD/ADHD (2000); and Therapeutic Conversations with Queer Youth: Transcending Homonormativity and Constructing Preferred Identities (2013along with publishing 55 articles on a wide range of narrative therapy theory and practice topics. His newest book on Narrative Therapy informed practice with with families and trans youth will be out in 2022-2023. He conducts ongoing narrative therapy workshops for mental health professionals worldwide

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Jeff Zimmerman, PhD

Jeff Zimmerman is at the top of the list of veteran narrative therapist/teachers world wide. Jeff first began his apprenticeship with Michael White in 1988 where he became Michael’s closest friend in North America. Jeff has over 15,000 + hours of in session narrative therapy experience, and is the co-author of a tremendously astute and helpful book entitled ‘If Problems Talked’ (a wonderful primer of old school narrative therapy!). His latest book ‘Neuro-Narrative Therapy – new possibilities for emotion-filled conversations’ is considered a must read book written well ahead of its time.


"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."