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VSNT TRAINING FACULTY

2019-2020

ROSA ARTEAGA, MA

Canada/Mexico

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 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

Denmark

Helene is a co-founder of Praksis: The Centre for Narrative Therapy in Denmark. She was originally supervised and trained for many years by Michael White, 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

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.

STEPHEN MADIGAN, PHD

Canada

Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist, best selling author of the book Narrative Therapy and Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. He is the content manager for the narrative therapy learning site TCTV.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 training courses through session videos, unaltered transcripts, and Live interview demonstrations.

DAVID MARSTEN, MA

USA

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

AARON MUNRO, MA

Canada

Aaron Munro has a Masters degree in struggling to figure stuff out and – another MA 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 is a longtime faculty member with the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy.

DAVID NYLUND, PHD

USA

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 demonstrations.

TODD MAY, PhD

USA

Todd May is Class of 1941 Memorial Professor of the Humanities at Clemson University in South Carolina.  He is the author of thirteen books of philosophy, most recently A Significant Life:  Human Meaning in a Silent Universe.  He has written extensively on the ideas of Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze, and has taught at narrative conferences in Denmark, France, England, Norway, Canada, and the USA

 
 
 

ASSOCIATE FACULTY

Here to Help You Grow

Christine lives (and skiis!) in Whistler, Canada and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology. She completed her PhD narrative therapy dissertation for the Taos/Tilburg doctoral 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, and is currently acting as the supervisor/consultant with a therapist team working with street youth.

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.

ALLISON RICE, MA

Canada

Allison is a veteran narrative therapist, a central figure in Vancouver’s vibrant narrative therapy community, and a Family Divorce Coach and Mediator. She and her longtime colleague, Dennis Dion, have a history of working with youth struggling with substance use and currently facilitate narrative therapeutic groups, workshops and family sessions for people impacted by problem gambling. Allison has competed in badminton on the international level and is a street performer playing with her violin on stilts!

JEFF ZIMMERMAN, PHD

USA

Jeff Zimmerman is at the top of the list of veteran narrative therapist/teachers world wide. He lives in the Mission district of San Francisco, California where can see upwards of 150 live music shows each year. Jeff began his apprenticeship with Michael White in 1989 where he became Michael’s closest friend in North America. Jeff has over 14,000 + hours of in session narrative therapy experience, and is the co-author of a tremendously helpful book entitled ‘If Problems Talked’. His latest book ‘Neuro-Narrative Therapy – new possibilities for emotion-filled conversations’ is considered a must read.

DENNIS DION, MA

Canada

Dennis has an MA in Counselling Psychology and is a longtime contributing member to Vancouver’s vibrant narrative therapy community.  A primary focus of his clinical work is supporting youth, adults and families struggling in relationships with substance use and problem gambling. Dennis has private practice offices in Vancouver and the North Shore where he offers narrative therapy counselling and supervision.

CHRISTINE DENNSTEDT, PHD

Canada