Registration for this self-paced course is open and ongoing!
Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts (FKC) offers six lessons introducing the philosophical foundations and key concepts guiding narrative therapy in work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Registration gives unlimited access (no time limit) to course materials and The Conversation Forum. Live Webinars are available when a group of six or more register together. For an additional $20, registrants can earn 12 APA approved CE credits through Alliant International University. For course objectives, click here.
Peggy Sax, Ph.D. guides this self-paced online course. Each of the six lessons takes about two hours and includes audio, video, and text. Anyone can start at any time. Participation in discussion topics in the course-specific Conversation Forum is always welcome, yet optional. Please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further information.
Registration always open!
- Regular: $120 USD
- Student or Fixed Income: $95 USD
- Optional CE credit certificate: $20 USD
When you purchase the course
- You will receive an email with the link to the correct page for beginning the course and the (optional) Course Conversation Forum.
- Each lesson and topic also has space at the bottom for comments.
- Contact us if you would like a Study-Buddy: a partner with whom to move through the course.
- When a group of 6 or more signs up, we can offer a live webinar.
- Please contact us to inquire about a group rate, a scholarship reduced fee or a live webinar.
If you have already registered, access course here:
CE Certificate of Completion
Psychologists can earn 12 APA approved Continuing Education credit through Alliant International University! Others can request a letter of completion to submit to your own professional association. Simply pass the quiz at the end of the course, and email your confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you the certificate of completion.
- For a list of course objectives, click here.
- For a description of Alliant International University Continuing Education, click here.
Watch our Introduction!
Lesson One: What is Narrative Therapy?
We begin by reviewing several excellent brief descriptions of narrative therapy, and the Why Narrative Therapy? Youtube Project. After reviewing some important distinctions between narrative practice and other approaches, we honor the legacy of Michael White (Australia) and David Epston (New Zealand), the founders of Narrative therapy. Included are some special added remembrances of Michael who died in April of 2008.
Guided by: Peggy Sax, with a focus on the works of Michael White, David Epston, Maggie Carey and Shona Russell
Lesson Two: Who are our intellectual ancestors?
We situate narrative practice as a development not only within the field of family therapy but rooted in postmodern approaches, post-structrualist philosophy, literary theory and anthropology.
Guided by: Peggy Sax, with a focus on the works of Tom Andersen, Harlene Anderson and Chris Beels
Lesson Three: Three Key Concepts
Here we briefly explore three key ideas influencing narrative therapy: the role of questions, the narrative metaphor, and intentional understandings of identity.
Guided by: Peggy Sax, with a focus on the works of Shona Russell, Maggie Carey, Rachel Hare-Mustin, Jill Freedman, Gene Combs, Chimananda Adichie, and Michael White
Lesson Four: Four Key Ethical Considerations
We briefly explore four key ethics guiding a narrative approach: relational ethics, the decentered-influential therapeutic posture, staying close to people as center of their own lives, and reckoning with power.
Guided by: Peggy Sax, with a focus on the works of Sheila McNamee, Michael White, Shona Russell, Maggie Carey and Rob Hall
Lesson Five: Practices That Engage with Problems
Narrative Therapy is well known as a way of working that separates the person from the problem. We will look closely at dividing practices to engage with problems in ways that do not promote shame or blame of the families or children.
Guided by: Peggy Sax, with a focus on the works of Michael White, David Epston, Karl Tomm, Maggie Carey and Shona Russell
Lesson Six: Creating Audiences, Seeking Solidarity & Building Community
Narrative practitioners often seek to incorporate audiences in efforts such as letter-writing campaigns, outsider witness practices, reflecting teamwork, Tree of Life gatherings, reclaiming community, and other community rituals.