Where can I learn more about narrative practice?

This community project builds on one of Michael White and David Epston’s steadfast intentions: Strengthening a Collaborative Narrative Network.  We wish to recognize the Dulwich Centre  for its central role in developing narrative approaches to therapy and community work, training, publishing, and supporting practitioners in different parts of the world.  In the spirit of communities in connection (rather than individuals in competition), our vision is to bring together a network of independent narrative training initiatives around the world  that share the commitment to preserve, develop, and extend the legacy of narrative therapy.  Together with our partners, we aspire to create a central place to find, coordinate and support high quality independent narrative trainings around the world : 1) training events; 2) narrative training intensives, international diplomas, and apprenticeship programs; and 3) online courses.

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NOTE: This project is a work in progress. We are very interested in hearing from you. Is this useful to you? What might make it better? Please contact us!

Our Partners

Learn more of the history of these collaborations, and to see our list of current partners. As you’ll see, we feature- and place at the top – several new narrative programs from around the world.

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Training Calendar

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Narrative Network Intensive Training Programs

  • Level One Intensive

    Sponsor: Evanston Family Therapy Center (EFTC)

    With Jill Freedman and Gene Combs
    Dates: This will be an online program, divided into eight three-hour blocks over the course of two weekends: April 21-23 and May 12 – 14

    Time: 2 to 5 pm on Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturdays, and 2 to 5 pm on Sundays

    Tuition: regular rate, $650; student rate, $575.

    CEUs**: 28 total (for 24 hours of online study plus 4 hours of assigned reading with written reflection). Certificate of completion will be provided to each participant. See note below for more details on CEUs.

    Location: Online via Zoom.

    We have designed this intensive program to immerse you in narrative ideas and give you hands-on experience with narrative ways of working. The format is informal and highly interactive, so you will have lots of chances to practice putting the ideas into action. In addition to exercises and supervised practice, Jill and Gene will demonstrate the work through videotape and live interviews. Participants will have the opportunity to read and reflect on carefully selected articles during the month between the two weekends of online training.

    Topics for the two weekends will include:
    • Thinking in terms of the narrative metaphor
    • Engaging in conversations that externalize problems
    • Understanding problems in terms of their political and cultural contexts
    • Asking questions to generate experience
    • Using documents, letters, and teams to spread the news of preferred developments
    • Moving from problems to preferred stories

    This intensive workshop is limited to 24 participants so Jill and Gene can respond to the specific questions, interests and contexts of each group member.

  • South Asian Diploma in Narrative Practices 2023

    Sponsor: Narrative Practices India

    We are so excited to share that applications for South Asian Diploma in Narrative Practices 2023 is OPEN. You can find the details on our website or on the link in our bio.

    Feel free to write to us on [email protected] with queries and enquires. Spread the word and share it with someone who loves stories.

    For details visit www.narrativepractocesindia.com.

  • Apprenticeship Training in the Art of Narrative Practice

    Sponsor: Re-authoring Teaching

    Instructors: David Epston, Kay Ingamells & Tom Karlson

    Dates: Level one begins September 30th 2022 and March 31st 2023. Level 2 begins March 31st 2024

    Have you ever found yourself in awe of the magic of the questions of David Epston? Have you ever sat in wonder at the capacity of such magic filled questions to transport people into entirely new worlds filled with possibility? Have you longed to bring the magic of David’s practice into your own?This is a unique course is designed to serve as an apprenticeship in the artistry of narrative practice. Rather than being taught in a traditional way your learning will happen through an immersive apprenticeship that takes place inside of your own practice. Each month you will present a transcript of your practice which will be studied in detail by your apprenticers (David, Tom or Kay). In their study of your transcript, they will amend your transcript by adding alternative questions (questions that they themselves would ask) into your transcript and then meet with you for an hour to teach you advanced counter-storying practices.

  • Master's Degree in Narrative Therapy and Community Work

    Sponsor: Colectivo de Prácticas Narrativas

    The Master’s Degree in Narrative Practices seeks to train specialists to help in skillful, fair and non-pathologizing ways to individuals, groups and communities in processes of change and transition through the application and development of the Narrative Practices proposed by Michael White and David Epston. It is an interdisciplinary program that incorporates social, political, ecological and ethical dimensions.

    The program starts in February 2023

  • 2023 Yearlong Program

    Sponsor: Evanston Family Therapy Center (EFTC)

    Instructors: Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

    Dates & Times: January 13 – 15, February 17 – 19, April 14 – 16, May 19 – 21, July 7 – 9, August 25 – 27, October 13 – 15, and December 1 – 3.

    Fridays 2pm-5pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm, Sundays 2pm-5pm (Central Standard Time)
    Our yearlong program offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in narrative ideas and practice over the course of a year. You will explore narrative therapy and the worldview that supports it through discussion, carefully crafted practice activities, and interviews.
  • South Asian Diploma in Narrative Practices 2022

    Sponsor: Narrative Practices India

    The South Asian Diploma in Narrative Practices is a 9 month online exploration of Narrative ideas and practices in health and education spaces, starting January 2022. The program is based on Narrative practices developed by Michael White and David Epston.

  • Apprenticeship in Advanced Narrative Practice

    Sponsor: Apprenticeship in the Art of Narrative Practice

    Faculty/Apprenticers: David Epston, Kay Ingamells & Tom Stone Carlson

    Immerse yourself in a year-long apprenticeship in David Epston’s narrative therapy practice within an online learning community made up with skilled narrative practitioners from all over the world.

  • Narrative Therapy Intensive Level 1

    Sponsor: Evanston Family Therapy Center (EFTC)

    Instructors: Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

    Dates & Times: 2023, April 21-23 and May 12-14.

    Fridays 2pm-5pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm, Sundays 2pm-5pm (Central Standard Time)

    We have designed this online program to immerse you in narrative ideas and give you hands-on experience with narrative ways of working. The format is informal and highly interactive, so you will have lots of chances to practice putting the ideas into action. In addition to exercises and supervised practice, Jill and Gene will demonstrate the work through videotape and live interviews.

  • International Diploma in Narrative Practices

    Sponsor: Narrative Practices India

    The learning online across 6 blocks, each block spanning 5 days of 4 hours each, started January 2021. Please inquire about future offerings.

  • Narrative Diploma Nepal 2021

    Sponsor: Narrative Practices India

    A 10 month learning engagement with 5 learning blocks, 12 Supervision sessions (2 after each block) and 5 co-learning circles. Block 1: April 19-23, Block 2: June 14-18, Block 3: August 16-20, Block 4: Oct 18-22, Block 5: December 6-10. For Nepali applicants residing in Nepal and Nepalese Diaspora. Link coming soon!

Online Courses

  • International Diploma in Narrative Practice

    Sponsor: Colectivo de Prácticas Narrativas

    The program is based on the principles and practices of Narrative therapy developed by Michael White and David Epston with the knowledge of Narrative from the global south. The intention of this diploma is the development of practical skills for people who work with other people (in psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, teaching, community work, through art, dance, theater, podcast, documentalists, etc.).

    In this version of the diploma there is the possibility of having official recognition endorsed by the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos (UAEM) thanks to a collaboration we established with Saberes Ancestrales A.C.

    October 2022 – July 2023

  • Rich Story Development in Action: 3 Live Interviews with Maggie Carey

    Sponsor: Re-authoring Teaching

    Instructor: Maggie Carey

    NEW COURSE! This five-lesson course demonstrates what a narrative interview actually looks like in practice. Each interview, illustrated on a whiteboard, shows key narrative principles in action, and specific interviewing skills guided by maps of narrative practice.  Reflections throughout by skillful narrative practitioners and teachers from around of the world. 10 Alliant CE credits.

  • An Introduction to Rich Story Development

    Sponsor: Re-authoring Teaching

    Instructor: Maggie Carey

    This online course—the first in our Rich Story Development series—offers a clear, concise and down-to-earth journey into topics about story development, including the narrative metaphor, landscapes of stories, double listening, loitering with intent, mapping meaning and action, personal agency, listening for resonance, making links, and neurobiology. Organized into six lessons. 12 Alliant CE Credits.

  • Escaping Blame: Helping couples develop account-ability

    Sponsor: Re-authoring Teaching

    Instructor: Larry Zucker

    Escaping Blame is an online course that focuses on working with couples. What would it look like if we could truly escape blame as a way of talking about our lives? What sort of conversation would take its place? This course is about the conversations that are possible when Accountability emerges as practice distinct from Blame, and what we can do as therapists to nurture that distinction. 12 Alliant CE Credits.

  • Queer Counseling & Narrative Practice

    Sponsor: Re-authoring Teaching

    Instructor: Charley Lang

    This course gives four lessons exploring the engagement of strength-based narrative practices when consulting with clients identified as L(lesbian), G(gay), B(bisexual), T(transgender) and/or Q(queer), addressing numerous issues pertinent to these clients and their lives. 8 Alliant CE Credits.

  • Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts

    Sponsor: Re-authoring Teaching

    Instructor: Peggy Sax

    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. 12 Alliant CE Credits.