VSNT TRAINING FACULTY
ROSA ARTEAGA, MA
Rosa’s local, national and international workshops take the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos and transcripts. She is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada and a longtime Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy faculty member. Rosa has 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.
HELENE GRAU, MA
Helene is a co-founder of Praksis: The Centre for Narrative Therapy in Denmark and was originally supervised and trained for many years by Michael White.. She is VSNT's newest faculty member, presents workshops internationally, and teaches narrative therapy courses at the University of Copenhagen. Helene publishes on the issues of Grief, Death and Hope and her therapy practice specializes in working with parents who experience the loss of a child during pregnancy. Helene's attention to linking theoretical ideas to the practice of asking narrative therapy questions is unsurpassed.
LORRAINE HEDTKE, PHD
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.
STEPHEN MADIGAN, PHD
Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist, best selling author of the book Narrative Therapy (2011), Training Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy and content director of VSNT.live, and longtime supervisor to Norway’s National Couple Conflict Team and Trondheim's High Conflict Team. The 2nd Edition of his book came out in March 2019. He teaches, trains and supervises world wide through session videos, unaltered transcripts, and Live interview demonstrations.
DAVID MARSTEN, MA
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) and presents narrative therapy workshops work wide. David teaches his work with families and children through videos, unaltered transcripts and Live interview demonstrations.
AARON MUNRO, MA
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
David is a Professor of Social Work at California State University Sacramento, Clinical Director 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 and has published over 50 articles and two books 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
Todd May is the resident teaching philosopher and faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. He is the 'Class of 1941' Memorial Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Clemson University in South Carolina and also teaches philosophy at a maximum security prison to inmates on death row. Todd is the author of thirteen books on philosophy including books on the ideas of Michel Foucault (2006) and Gilles Deleuze (2005). He has taught at narrative conferences in Denmark, France, England, Norway, Canada, and the USA
JONNY MORRIS, MA
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
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
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.