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November 11th - 15th,  2020


30 CE credits through Canadian Counselling
Psychotherapy Association


NOVEMBER 11-15th, 2020

The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre

Teaching Faculty

  Rosa Arteaga (Canada), Lorraine Hedtke (USA), 

Stephen Madigan (Canada)Todd May (USA) & David Nylund (USA)

**Please note: Faculty and Final Schedule May Change. Thanks.


DAY 1: WEDNESDAY  9:15 AM – 4:15 PM

Stephen Madigan PhD

Foundations and Fundamentals of Narrative Therapy Practice

Stephen introduces participants to a range of therapeutic practices at the heart of narrative therapy including, 1) Relational externalizing, 2) Re-authoring values, 3) Re-membering conversations, 4) Categories and crafting questions, 5) The absent but implicit, and 6) Double listening. Stephen teaches and interacts with participant questions through 'slow showing' a variety of his video taped sessions (mistakes an all!).

DAY 2: THURSDAY 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM

David Nylund PhD

Therapeutic Letter Writing with Children, Youth and Families and - Live Demonstration Interview

David highlights the art, structure, creativity and listening practices involved with several therapeutic letter writing practices when working with  children, youth and families He follows this up with a superbly textured Live counter-story interview demonstration. Participants are then invited into the practice of letter writing by writing a response to the interview.

DAY 2: THURSDAY 1:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

David Nylund PhD

Queer Informed Narrative Therapy

David presents his award winning innovative work on a Queer Theory informed Narrative Therapy Practice. Through slides show, session video and interactive discussion he highlights the contemporary issues of representation, homonormativity, transgender youth, trauma, violence, masculinities, gender binaries and more. 

DAY 3: FRIDAY 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Lorraine Hedtke PhD

Grief, Dying and Loss  (Part One)

Lorraine guides participants through new and contemporary understandings found in her 2017 co-authored book The Crafting of Grief (Constructing Aesthetic Responses to Loss) to clearly demonstrate alternative practices when working with persons and families around experiences of grief, loss and death. The first class will focus on working with families and individuals who are 1) struggling with a recent loss and death of a loved one, 2) struggling with a recent loss and death of a person who they had a difficult relationship with (abuser or death through suicide).

DAY 4: SATURDAY 9:15 AM - 12:30 PM

DAY 3: FRIDAY 1:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Todd May PhD 

A Framework for Thinking About Narrative Therapy Practice (Part One)

Without an understanding of Michel Foucault it may be difficult to understand the narrative therapy practice of Michael White. Philosopher favourite Todd May discusses how Michel Foucault was a touchstone in the formation of narrative practice and how  Michael White relied heavily on Foucault's theoretical work to explain and formulate vital aspects of his non-essentialist approach to therapy.  Todd unravels the conceptual complexities of power/knowledge, subjectification, problematization, the 'gaze', care of the self (and more), then links Foucault's ideas to the performance of our daily narrative therapy practices.

Todd May PhD 

A Framework for Thinking About Narrative Therapy Practice (Part Two)

Todd broadens the discussion of how Michel Foucault was a primary theoretical influence on Michael White and a touchstone in the formation and understanding of narrative practice.  

DAY 4: SATURDAY 1:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Lorraine Hedtke PhD (Part Two)

Live Demonstration Re-membering Interview

The second part of Lorraine's workshop continues to outline a theoretical and practice alternative when working with grief, death and loss. The practice is further highlighted though a Live Demonstration Re-membering Interview. 

DAY 5: SUNDAY 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Rosa Arteaga MA ​ 

Trauma and Gender Violence

Through a narrative therapy and trauma informed feminist approach to practice, Rosa guides participants through the fundamentals and complexities involved in working with girls and women who are victims of gendered violence. Participants learn how to respectfully engage in creative narrative therapy conversations that address the effects of gendered violence and trauma. Participants also learn questions that act to strengthen the resilience, agency and strategies that girls and women use to become free of violence and abuse. Rosa teaches her approach to gender violence and trauma through session videos, unaltered session transcripts and story telling.

DAY 5: SUNDAY 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Stephen Madigan PhD

Foundations and Fundamentals of Narrative Therapy Practice - Recap

Stephen engages participants to review and discuss the wide range of therapeutic ideas and practices learned over the past week. This is the time for participants to discuss what they learned, the specific ideas and practices stood out, and to raise any questions regarding the fundamental narrative therapy practices of 1) Relational externalizing, 2) Re-authoring values, 3) Re-membering conversations, 4) Categories and crafting questions, 5) The absent but implicit, and 6) Double listening. 

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Awarding VSNT Narrative Therapy Intensive Participant Training Certificates.


November 11th - 15th, 2020


Professional, Student, TCTV.live Member Pricing

Please be prepared to prove student status upon request.


Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre

George Brown College Residence, 80 Cooperage Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 0J3



"The Developing Narrative Therapy Questions 3 day advanced training session was amazing. I truly did go through withdrawal when it was over, wishing I was still in the room with everyone witnessing therapeutic conversations, constructing questions, discussing those questions and writing therapeutic letters.


I found the course so intellectually stimulating and a joy to spend time with like-minded folks engaged in discussion and thought about how to engage people with respect and hope. The energy and commitment of the faculty was inspiring and affirming."

— Maureen Boettcher, MSW

Faculty at The School of Social and Community Services

George Brown College, Toronto

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