Online Seminar Series

About David, PhD

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.

About Alex, MA

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

Queer-Informed Narrative Therapy

Alex Filippelli, MA & David Rock Nylund, Phd

Originating from their many years creating original ideas to support their work at the Gender Health Centre in Sacramento California, Alex and Rock’s guides the participant therapist and Graduate student through the key values and practices of Queer-Informed Narrative Therapy.  


The training will begin with a review of Queer Theory as a theoretical resource for narrative therapeutic practice.  

Alex and Rock will then introduce transgender theory, an emerging theoretical orientation that focuses on the importance of physical embodiment in gender and sexual identity.


Through slides show, session video and interactive discussion, participants will:


1. Learn and unpack heteronormativity and cisnormativity;

2. Learn the key tenets of Queer and new Trans theory;

3. Develop relationally centered narrative therapy informed practices to advocate for queer and trans lives. 

Workshop Date: Saturday January, 23rd

Time: 8:15am - 2:15pm PST, breaks and lunch to be announced

Prices: $125 CAD Professionals

$80 CAD Students and members


About Rosa, MA

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/ 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 story-telling, her session videos and unaltered transcripts.

Navigating the intersection of Lands, Mind & Body. Narrative Therapy with Racialized Girls and Women Who Have Experienced Gender Violence

Rosa Arteaga, MA

The workshop highlights Rosa's original narrative therapy work through a feminist intersectional analysis. She will introduce participants to a practice designed to assist girls and women who are navigating the complex impacts of gender violence and complicated by the oppressive societal ideologies that frequently characterize the lives of racialized girls and women. 

Workshop Date and Registration Available Soon

About Stephen, PhD

Stephen is an award winning narrative therapist, best selling author, Training Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, content manager of, 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.

New Developments in Narrative Therapy Informed Relational Interviewing with Conflicted Couple Relationships

Stephen Madigan, PhD and international guests

Stephen first invented Narrative Therapy informed Relational Interviewing as a response to the suffering couples were experiencing through popular individualist, dysfunction focused methods of Couple Therapy.


The RI Couple Workshop introduces participants to:

  1. A practice of couple therapy where relationships are entirely relational;

  2. A reconstruction of relational values before deconstructing conflict;

  3. Re-membering the full relationship story versus the partial story of suffering/conflict;

  4. Practices of relationship focused empathy and compassion;

  5. Letter writing the relationship;

  6. Involving a community of relational support.

  7. Relational Interviewing Supervision.

Stephen demonstrates his most current practice of Relational Interviewing through unaltered transcripts, relational letter writing, and a variety of video taped sessions with international couple relationships.

Workshop Date and Registration Available Soon


"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."