Toronto Certificate Training

Both the Foundations Certificate and Advanced Developing Questions Certificate training will be offered live and in person at George Brown College Residence and Conference Centre in Downtown Toronto.

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Foundations of Theory and Practice

30 CE credits granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Your practice learning is guided by six world-class narrative therapists alongside a highly imaginative philosopher. Participants receive an inspired, practice based, interactive experience on the relational intersection between narrative therapy theory and practice. 

Dates: Thursday June 3rd - Sunday June 6th, 2021

Time: 9 am - 4:15 pm

Location: The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre

Professional: $800 CAD (+ tax)

Students/ VSNT.live members: $600 CAD (+ tax)

Proof of student status is required upon registration

This course is designed for mental health practitioners, students, teachers, supervisors and those in the helping professions.

Registration is currently Closed as we watch for Covid-19 developments. 

Networking Event

Developing Narrative Therapy Questions and Therapeutic Letters 

18 CE credits granted by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

David, David, Helene and Stephen are practicing narrative therapists with thousands and thousands of therapy hours sitting in the narrative therapist chair. Their practice experience guides the advanced participant in 3 days of up close supervision and applied learning through live demonstration counter-story interviews designed to teach the creative art of developing narrative therapy questions and writing therapeutic letters.

The course is designed for practicing narrative therapists. This advanced level course is the follow-up course to our 5-Day Foundations certificate training.

Online Teaching Faculty: Helene Grau (Denmark), Stephen Madigan (Canada)David Marsten (USA) & David Nylund (USA)

Dates: June 4th-6th, 2021

Time: 9 am - 4:15 pm

Location: The Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre

Professional: $600 CAD (+ tax)

Students/ VSNT.live members: $400 CAD (+ tax)

Proof of student status is required upon registration

Registration is currently Closed as we watch for Covid-19 developments. 

Schedules

4-Day Foundations

Faculty and Curriculum are subject to change

Foundations and Fundamentals of Narrative Therapy Practice

Stephen Madigan, PhD

Day 1

Wed, June 2nd

9:15 AM – 4:15 PM (Break 11-noon)

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!).

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

David Nylund, PhD

Day 2

Thurs, June 3rd

9:15 AM –12:30 PM

David highlights the art, structure, creativity and listening practices involved with several different therapeutic letter writing practices (when working with children, youth and families). He follows the discussion 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.

Discussing the Ecology of the Receiving Context

Helene Grau MA, Stephen Madigan PhD & David Nylund PhD

Day 2

Thurs, June 3rd

1:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Through close up supervision of session tapes and transcripts David, Helene and Stephen demonstrate narrative therapy's relational 'ecology' for receiving and responding to client stories. Participants interact with the relational fit between: non-essentialist thinking, Michel Foucault, the absent but implicit, double listening, our social locations, our personal histories, landscapes of action and identity questions, relative influence questions, re-membering and re-authoring conversations, unique outcome histories, scaffolding questions, temporality, narrative values, plus + plus +

A Framework for Thinking About Narrative Therapy Practice

Todd May, PhD

Day 3

Fri, June 4th

9:15 AM –12:30 PM

Without an understanding of Michel Foucault ideas it would be difficult for a therapist to understand the practice of narrative therapy.  Philosopher Todd May guides participants on how Michael White relied heavily on Foucault's theoretical work to explain and formulate vital aspects of his non-essentialist approach to therapy. The discussion unravels the conceptual complexities of non-essentialism, expert knowledge, the concept of power, and links these theoretical ideas to our daily narrative therapy practices.

Gender-Violence and Trauma

Rosa Arteaga, MA

Day 3

Fri, June 4th

1:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Participants experience Rosa's 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. Her workshop takes the learner inside the complexities of gender violence through storytelling, session videos and unaltered transcripts. She is the clinical supervisor within a multi-disciplinary team with a nonprofit anti-violence women’s organization in Vancouver, Canada. 

Queer Informed Narrative Therapy

David Nylund, PhD

Day 4

Saturday, June 5th

8:15 AM - 11:00 AM

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. 

Wonderfulness Interviewing with Children and Families

David Marsten, MA

Day 4

Saturday, June 5th

1:30 PM – 4:15 PM

David will discuss and demonstrate direct narrative therapy practice with children in the context of family therapy. Key narrative practices will be addressed alongside David's newest ideas regarding narrative structure and dramatization.  Direct practice videos with children and families are used to demonstrate the beauty, skill and complexity of this work.

Grief, Dying and Loss  

Lorraine Hedtke PhD

Day 5

Sunday, June 6th

9:15 AM - 12:30 PM

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).

Grief, Dying and Loss  - Live Demonstration Interview

Lorraine Hedtke PhD & Stephen Madigan PhD

Day 5

Sunday, June 7th

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Lorraine's work is highlighted through a Live Demonstration Re-membering Interview.  After the Live interview Stephen 'supervises' Lorraine work by asking questions about the questions she asked in the Live demonstration.

Awarding VSNT Narrative Therapy Intensive Participant Training Certificates

3-Day Advanced

Day 1, Friday, June 4th

8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Helene Grau MA, Stephen Madigan PhD

 

12:00 PM – 2:15 PM

David Marsten MA, David Nylund PhD

Day 2, Saturday, June 5th

8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Helene Grau MA, Stephen Madigan PhD

 

12:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Stephen Madigan PhD, David Nylund PhD

Day 3, Sunday, June 6th

8:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Helene Grau MA, Stephen Madigan PhD

 

12:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Helena Grau MA, David Nylund PhD

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"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."