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 Foundations Level II: Applied Skills of Narrative Practice
18 CEC's - (60% sold)

Training with Integrity, Creativity, Politic and Purpose

Developing Narrative Therapy Questions and Therapeutic Letters Certificate 

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Foundations Level Two:
Applied Skills for Narrative Practice

18 CE credits granted by CCPA

October 18-20th, 2024 -- (60% sold)

"This weekend's Skills of Practice training has been really wonderful in how challenging it has been, allowing me to grow, pick up new skills and see how transformative even just a few narrative questions can be. In a session with a client this Sunday morning, I was able to use the skills I learned and felt more confident and felt a deeper connection with my client". 

- Applied Skills Participant, Victoria, May 2024


"My skill and ability to understand and ask narrative therapy questions on a scale of 1 to 10 before the course was a low two and this course saw me progress to a high six!! All I can wonder is "Who would be least surprised I was able to achieve this level of narrative questioning?" Haha! Honestly, the faculty at VSNT are amazing and I cannot thank them enough."

- Applied Skills Participant, Chicago, February 2022 


"I really appreciated how Rock and Stephen provided feedback that was immediate, clear, and actionable – I’m going to be hearing their voices this week as I try new questions in my practice! I was struck by how they both have a lovely and intentional way of inviting participation that welcomes imperfection, as this helped me to be vulnerable and get the most out of the weekend. I’m excited to put my learning into practice. Thanks so much!!"

- Applied Skills Participant, Vancouver, May 2023


"This was by far the most engaged understanding of the commitment, and practice (practice! practice!) it takes to become a skilled narrative therapist. I've never been exposed to anything like this level of practice brilliance before and it gave all of us hope of what might some day be possible. Amazing!!

- Applied Skills Participant, Toronto, January 2024

Level Two Foundations is designed to dramatically enhance participant understandings regarding the purpose, direction, politic, intention, context, history, and relational meaning of every narrative therapy question they ask. The unique Live-interview learning increases and develops skills that create meaningful therapeutic questions. This is the heart and soul of the practice. Participants engage 3 full days of live counter-story interviewing, close up supervision, discussion, and focused support of the participant's questions and therapeutic letter writing. 


Faculty offer immediate live reflections and feedback regarding the participant's own work developing questions within a supportive and small group supervisory context. The experience of learning to create world class narrative  questions is humbling, fully engaged, and always goes beyond participant expectations.


Taught by legendary narrative therapy supervisors Stephen Madigan & David Nylund, ​the Foundations Level Two Applied Skills for Narrative Practice certificate course is designed for practicing narrative therapists and is 'the next step' for participants who have completed the VSNT 5-Day Foundations & Fundamentals certificate training course.

Online Teaching Faculty:

Stephen Madigan PhD (Canada) & David Rock Nylund PhD (USA)

Dates: October 18-20th, 2024

Time: 8:15 am - 3:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (Vancouver, BC)

Location: Classes will be taught live through Zoom video conferencing

Professional: $575 CAD (+ tax)

Students/ members: $450 CAD (+ tax)

Proof of student status is required upon registration

**This course is presented through LIVE interviewing sessions. Due to issues of confidentiality and participant consent, recordings of this training will not be made available.

Daily Training Schedule

Practice, Practice, Practice

"After completing your Level Two Applied Skills course I have experienced the most confident and exhilarating two weeks of therapy in my life! Rock and Stephen you are the best pair of supervisor/teachers I have ever had. With so much gratitude and love . . ."  


- Applied Skills Participant, London, UK, November 2022



Question Development Training Supervisors 

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD

Day 1

8:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Anatomy of Therapeutic Questions: 

1a) Understanding the myriad of categories, values, meaning makings, direction, politics, and purpose of narrative therapy questions.


1b) Developing the Ecology of The Receiving Context Participants Receive Client Stories Into.


9:45 AM-11 AM and 12 – 3 PM 

Part one: LIVE Interview Demonstration

Stephen and Rock take turns engaging in Live counter-story interviews with participants. With each narrative question asked in the interview the question is typed up on the screen for everyone in the course to view. Then, each therapy question is closely studied, explained, and interrogated in terms of the Ecology of The Receiving Context the 'Client' Story was received into~ then the questions are analyzed further by the group.

Day 2

8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Part Two: Extending the Craft of Question Development

Working in pairs, participants begin creating and adding their own novel interview questions to the live interview process. As a further response are therapeutic letters written and performed back to the participant 'client'. The client then responds back to the letter writer.

Part Three:

Participant questions are typed up on the screen for everyone to view and - closely supervised, studied, explained, and closely interrogated by Stephen and Rock. As a further response are therapeutic letters written and performed back to the participant 'client'. The client then responds back to the letter writer.

12:00 PM – 3 PM

Part Four:

Stephen and Rock teach and engage participants in many different styles of therapeutic letter writing practices.


Part Five:

Relational therapeutic letters are written to someone important to the participants' relational life. 

Day 3

8:15 AM – 11 AM and 12 PM - 3 PM

Part Six:

David & Stephen push participants further in their understandings regarding the ecology of the receiving context they are receiving client stories into. Thorough investigations about the structures and categories of questions: reviewing the grammar, purpose, direction, intention, politic, timing, categories, and context of narrative practice based questions. Course day also takes time to celebrate recent developments/advancements in the participant group's work with clients, questions, and therapeutic letters.

QUESTIONS? It's always been challenging to find  words that accurately/poetically describe the incredible experience VSNT supervisors develop with participants in the Level Two Foundations course. Please contact VSNT if you would like a broader description. Thanks.


"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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