VSNT TRAINING FACULTY

2020 - 2021

STEPHEN MADIGAN, PHD

Canada

Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist, best selling author, Training Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content manager of VSNT.live, and long time supervisor to Norway’s High Couple Conflict Teams. The 2nd Edition of his book Narrative Therapy was published in March 2019. He teaches, trains and supervises world wide through his therapy session videos, unaltered transcripts, and Live interview demonstrations.

DAVID MARSTEN, MA

USA

David is the Director of Miracle Mile Community Practice in Los Angeles, VSNT faculty member and has practiced narrative therapy with young people and their families for over 25 years. He is a co-author of the ground-breaking book Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (2017), a longtime supervisor, presents narrative therapy workshops world wide, and trains participants through his live session video work with families and children, unaltered transcripts, and Live interview demonstrations.

AARON MUNRO, MA

Canada

Aaron Munro has a Masters degree in  Narrative Therapy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is Queer and Trans identified and for more than 15 years has worked with people who have been unhoused and made dependant due to traumatic experiences and adversity. He has produced several documentaries on stigma, mental health and the homeless, and works and trains peer support workers on the frontline of Vancouver's opioid  epidemic. Aaron is a longtime VSNT faculty member.

DAVID NYLUND, PHD

USA

David 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 conducts ongoing narrative therapy workshops for mental health professionals worldwide, written two 'must read' books and published over 55 articles on Narrative Therapy. His newest book on Queer Informed Narrative Therapy will be out in late 2020. David teaches through videos, unaltered transcripts and live interview demonstrations.

TODD MAY, PhD

USA

Todd is the resident teaching philosopher and faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, Class of 1941 Memorial 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 is currently the philosopher advisor to the hit TV show The Good Place on NBC.

 
 
 

ROSA ARTEAGA, MA

Canada/Mexico 

 

Rosa is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a non-profit anti-violence women’s organization, long time Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member, and trains world wide. She developed a unique and innovative narrative therapy/socialjustice/feminist inspired therapeutic practice to support girls and women of all ages, and diverse backgrounds who are experiencing complex trauma and violence. She guides the participant inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, her session videos and unaltered transcripts.

HELENE GRAU, MA

Denmark

Helene is co-founder of Narativ Praksis the centre for narrative therapy in Denmark. She is a faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, teaches narrative therapy at the University of Copenhagen, was a student of Michael White for many years, and now trains world wide. Helene is known for her writing and practice on grief, death as well as her unique narrative therapy informed relational couple and family therapy practice specializing in work with parent relationships who experience the loss of a child.

LORRAINE HEDTKE, PHD

USA

Lorraine is a well known and well loved veteran narrative therapist who has turned the world of modern day Grief Psychology completely upside down. She specializes in working within a post-structural narrative therapy frame with people who are dying as well as with families after a loved one has died. She is a Professor at California State University San Bernardino, longtime VSNT faculty member, and co-author of The Crafting of Grief: Constructing Aesthetic Responses to Loss (2017). Lorraine guides participants through new theoretical understandings and Live Re-membering Interview demonstrations.

ASSOCIATE FACULTY

JONNY MORRIS, MA

Canada

Jonny is the CEO for the BC Division for Canadian Mental Health. In his teaching he uses post structural and narrative ideas in his up-close analysis of youth suicide. Through a collision of social artistry, narrative interviews, and outsider witness teams, Jonny works with peers/insiders, service providers, and policy makers to re-imagine possibilities for change in policy and practice.

JEFF ZIMMERMAN, PHD

USA

Jeff Zimmerman is at the top of the list of veteran narrative therapist/teachers world wide. He recently moved from the Mission district of San Francisco (where he saw upwards of 150 live music shows each year), to Denver, Colorado. 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 book written well ahead of its time and is a must read.

CHRISTINE DENNSTEDT, PHD

Canada

Christine is a well known narrative therapist in Vancouver, Canada and has been practicing narrative therapy since 2002. She now lives (skiis and cycles) in Whistler, Canada. Christine holds an MA in Counselling Psychology and completed her Narrative Therapy Doctoral dissertation for the Taos/Tilburg PhD Program on the subject of: Substance Misuse and Disordered Eating Practices. Christine works as  a narrative therapist, instructor and supervisor working in a broad-spectrum private practice.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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