Our Team
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ROSA ARTEAGA, MA

Mexico and Canada

 

 

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 has developed a powerfully innovative narrative therapy informed social justice/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.

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STEPHEN MADIGAN, PHD

Canada

 

 

Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist, best selling therapy 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. His work is studied in Universities across the world through media forms like sets of professional learning videos filming his live narrative practice, and the 2nd Edition of his book Narrative Therapy, published in March 2019. He teaches, trains and supervises globally through his practice session videos, unaltered transcripts, and Live interview demonstrations.

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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 17 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, written a yet to be published book Bad Manners, and works and trains peer support workers on the frontline of Vancouver's opioid  epidemic. Aaron is a longtime VSNT faculty member.

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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.

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DAVID MARSTEN, MSW

USA

David is the co-author with Laurie Markham and David Epston of the ground breaking book Narrative Therapy in Wonderland (2017). He is the clinical 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. David 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.

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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 the Spring of 2021. David teaches through videos, unaltered transcripts and live interview demonstrations.

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LORRAINE HEDTKE, PHD

USA

Lorraine specializes in working within a post-structural narrative therapy frame with people who are dying and families after a loved one has died. She is a Professor at California State University San Bernardino, longtime VSNT faculty member, and co-author with John Winslade of The Crafting of Grief: Constructing Aesthetic Responses to Loss (2017). Lorraine guides participants through new theoretical understandings and Live  Interview demonstrations.

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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.  

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ROBIN WILLIS, MA, MCP

Operations Director, Canada

Robin holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and a Masters of Arts degree in acting from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London England. After retiring from a varied acting career in NYC and Toronto, Robin now works as a therapist in private practive treating anxiety and perfectionism. She is happy to be overseeing the meaningful work of The Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy as Director of Operations.

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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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HARJEET KAUR BADWALL, PHD

Canada

Harjeet is an Associate Professor at York University’s School of Work in Toronto Canada. Her areas of research focus on race, racism, and white dominance in Social Work pedagogy, curriculum and practice. She works from an interlocking analysis of violence and oppression and situates her work within critical race theories, anti-colonial studies and post-structuralism. Harjeet also practiced as a social worker for many years in the areas of racialized and gender-based violence, narrative counseling work, community activism and organizational change work.  Harjeet's academic and practice work is committed to deconstructing and resisting the operations of dominant discourses in our world.  Narrative Therapy ideas have been central to her practices and analysis of social and political concerns.

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JOHNNY MORRIS, MA

Canada

Jonny is a longtime member of the Vancouver narrative community and newly appointed CEO for the Canadian Mental Health Association in British Columbia Canada. His publishing and teaching centres primarily on post structuralism, narrative therapy and up-close analysis of Youth suicide. And where he is truly gifted is through a collision of social artistry, narrative interviews, and outsider witness teams, where Jonny has brought together and worked with insiders, service providers, and policy makers to re-imagine possibilities for change in social policy and practice. Jonny is interested in studying the emergence of Critical Suicidology as part of a Doctoral program. 

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OTTAR NESS, PHD

Norway

Ottar is a Professor of Counseling at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Adjunct Professor at the Masters program of Family Therapy at VID Scientific University in Norway. He is the head of the Research Group on Relational Welfare and Well-being and his training, research, and policy interests focus on relational welfare and well-being focusing on citizenship, public value, and social justice through the use of participatory action research and citizen science methodologies. He also has a special interest in relational recovery processes in mental health and substance use and how these ideas can create inclusive communities. Narrative and relational ideas have been central to his research practices and analysis of social and political concerns.

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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.

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ALEX FILIPPELLI, MA 

USA

Alex Filippelli (He/they pronouns) is a queer and trans white settler and documented foreign worker. They have 10 years of non-profit management and direct service experience, 5 of them providing Trans and LGBQ-affirming care, and another 5 working in violence prevention education in sexual assault centers. Alex holds an MSW from the University of Victoria, Canada and is currently a lecturer with California State University, Sacramento’s Division of Social Work. Their research interests and practice areas are LGBTQ+ affirming care, narrative therapy, anti-oppressive education, community-based and participatory research methods

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