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 Foundations - Level Two:
Applied Skills Of Narrative Practice

Developing Narrative Therapy Questions and Therapeutic Letters Certificate
(12 CEC's)

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Foundations Level Two
Applied Skills for Narrative Practice

12 CE credits granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

May 13-14, 2023
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"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. Cheers."

- Applied Skills Participant, Chicago, Illinois February 2022 

Level Two Foundations participant's deepen and grow their practice experience through the faculties supervisory reflections and feedback regarding the participant's own work developing narrative therapy questions and writing therapeutic letters.

Level Two Foundations is designed to dramatically enhance a participant's formulation and understandings of narrative therapy questions. This is achieved through close up supervision, discussion, and focused support of the participant's questions and therapeutic letter writing. 


Taught by narrative therapy supervisors Stephen Madigan & David Nylund 

​the 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.


"The Level 2 Developing Narrative Therapy Questions training session was amazing. I truly did go through withdrawal when it was over, wishing I was still with everyone witnessing therapeutic conversations, constructing questions, and writing therapeutic letters. I found it 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!"

 - Applied Skills Participant, Toronto, Ontario, September 2022

Dates: May 13-14, 2023

Bonus 1/2 Day Follow-up: TBA

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

Location: Classes will be taught live through Zoom video conferencing

Professional: $425 CAD (+ tax)

Students/ members: $225 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

Faculty and curriculum are subject to change

"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 2021


Question Development Training Supervisors 

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD



8:15 AM – 9:30am 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 PM – 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.


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 is are therapeutic letters written and performed back to the participant 'client'. 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 is are therapeutic letters written and performed back to the participant 'client'. 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. 

Bonus 1/2 Day - 8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD

David & Stephen re-engage participants to review and discuss practice based questions ~ and to celebrate recent developments in the 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.

~ 604-688-7860



"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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