Foundations - Level Two:
Applied Skills Of Narrative Practice

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

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Foundations Level Two
Applied Skills for Narrative Practice

18 CE credits granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

May 12-14, 2023 

"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, Toronto, Ontario, September 2022


"After completing your 3-day Applied Skills course I have experienced the most confident and exhilarating two weeks of therapy in my life! Rock, Stephen, and Todd you are the best three supervisor/teachers I have ever had. With gratitude and love . . ."

- Applied Skills Participant, London, UK, November 2021


Practicing questions, reviewing practice, more questions practice (repeat). Applied Skills for Narrative Practice certificate course is centred in skill based learning through all-day LIVE interactive demonstration counter-story narrative therapy interviews.


Our LIVE demonstrations are designed to enhance a participant's formulation and deep understandings of narrative therapy questions. This is achieved through close up supervision and support of participant questions/therapeutic letter writing. 

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.


Taught by narrative therapy supervisors Stephen Madigan & David Nylund alongside the continental philosopher Todd May who unravels the complex theory behind narrative's non-individualist questioning practice.

**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.


"What a f***ing amazing weekend of study! My confidence in the therapy room has gone through the roof. Can’t wait to share what I learned working with my next client."

 - Applied Skills Participant, Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 2021

Dates: May 12-14, 2023

Bonus 1/2 Day Follow-up: TBA

Time: 8:15 am - 2:15 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (Vancouver, BC)

Location: Classes will be taught live through Zoom video conferencing

Professional: $625 CAD (+ tax)

Students/ members: $450 CAD (+ tax)

Proof of student status is required upon registration

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


Faculty and curriculum are subject to change

Day 1, Friday

8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Anatomy of a therapeutic questions: 

1) Understanding categories, meanings, direction, politic and purpose of narrative therapy questions 2) Developing the Knowledge Ecology of The Receiving Context Participants Receive Client Stories Into.

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD


12:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Most influential philosophical ideas influencing narrative practices, values, power relations, non-individualist position + understanding Michael White's use of Michel Foucault's ideas in narrative practice.

Todd May PhD

Day 2, Saturday

8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Part one of the exercise: LIVE Interview Demonstration Stephen and Rock take turns with engaging in Live counterstory interviews. And - each of their narrative questions are typed up on a board for everyone to view. Their therapy questions are closely studied, explained, interrogated, and then analyzed further by the group.

Part two of exercise ~ Working in pairs participants begin creating and adding their interview questions to the live interview process.

Part three of exercise: Participant questions are typed up on the board for everyone to view and - are closely supervised, studied, explained, and closely interrogated by Stephen and Rock.

Part four of exercise: Stephen and Rock teach many different styles of therapeutic letter writing practices.

Part five of exercise: Participants begin to write letters to 'client' after each interview session. 

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD

12:00 PM – 2:15 PM

LIVE Interviewing + Participant question development and Supervision + Therapeutic letter writing practices. 

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD

Day 3, Sunday

8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Reviewing and responding to faculty couple therapy session + LIVE Interviewing + Participant Skill/question Development + Supervision + Therapeutic letter writing practices. 

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD


12:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Small group LIVE Interviewing + Participant Question  Development Supervision.

 Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD

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.


"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."