FKC tree badgeThe  online course, Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts, started in 2013. Registrants have the opportunity to review reflections by prior participants, which we have organized according to the six course lessons.



Lesson 1: What is narrative therapy?

Have you reviewed our first lesson here? We begin by briefly describing narrative therapy and what makes this approach distinct from other approaches. We honor the legacy of Michael White (Australia) and David Epston (New Zealand) the founders of Narrative therapy with special added remembrances to Michael who died in April, 2008. Michael’s close colleagues – Maggie Carey, Rob Hall & Shona Russell – reflect on  the practices that make up the narrative approach, and their Read More

1b) How is narrative therapy distinct from other models?

Lesson 1b) Distinctions from other approaches

Narrative therapy often highlights distinctions from other models of psychotherapy. For those of you new (or relatively new) to narrative therapy: What stands out to you as apparent differences? What peaks your curiosity? Do you have questions for folks with experience practicing in these ways? For more experienced narrative practitioners: if you have practiced in other ways, what is your first hand experience with what might make narrative therapy distinct from other approaches to psychotherapy, Read More

Lesson 1b) What are some of the questions we ask?

(Before responding, please listen to the brief radio interview with Jill Freedman in the aftermath of the tragic Sandyhook School shooting in Connecticut in December, 2012.  

Lesson 1b) Radical listening- Kaethe Weingarten

(Before responding to this question, please be sure to read the brief 1999 interview with Kaethe Weingarten conducted by Vicki Dickerson that gives an excellent brief overview of the history of narrative therapy, and of the distinctions from other models of family therapy. Click here to review the interview.) After reading this article, what contribution does this interview offer to your understandings of narrative therapy? What stands out to you about the history of narrative Read More

Lesson 1) Applications in everyday practice

As you read through the abundance of materials in the first section, “What is narrative therapy?”, can you help us ground the concepts here in your every day practice? – Is there a story that come to mind from your own work context that can help make these ideas come alive? – Can you briefly describe your work context? – How have you understood a key narrative concept in this particular context? – When did Read More

Radical listening: An interview with Kaethe Weingarten

(reprinted from Inside Stories) Here’s a Vicki Dickerson conducted in 1999 with Dr. Kaethe Weingarten about her work as a postmodern narrative family therapist. Dr. Weingarten is a clinical psychologist, peace psychologist, family therapist, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). She has been up to a lot since our interview, and her most recent work focuses on “reasonable hope, Read More

Lesson Two: Philosophical & Historical Foundations for Narrative Therapy

Who are our intellectual ancestors? What kinds of developments have influenced the ideas guiding narrative therapy? Before joining this conversation, please review the materials in the second lesson Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts (here). a brief orientation to postmodern approaches as a cultural phenomenon impacting the fields of philosophy, architecture, literature, music and other expressive arts. situating narrative practice as a development not only within the field of family therapy but rooted in post-structrualist philosophy, literary theory Read More

Lesson 2a & 3a) Foucault

Lesson 2b) Continuing the Conversation with Chris Beels

Are you able to find the lovely article by Chris Beels called, “Some Historical Conditions for narrative work,” followed by the ongoing conversation with Chris about this article (<a href=”” target=”_blank”>here</a>)? Every time I feature Chris’ article in a course, he responds enthusiastically. Whether through email or on the phone, I can”hear” him respond with a smile. Like most authors I know, Chris is so happy to know that his work is useful to us.. Read More

Conversation with Chris Beels

I am delighted that Chris Beels agreed to  respond to NPCI Study Group reflections and questions after reading his article, “Some Historical Conditions of Narrative Work” (in the Family Process 2009 special section on the legacy of Michael White). This conversation began September 10, 2009.

Reflections on Lesson 4 (FKC): Ethical considerations

Have you reviewed our fourth lesson Four Ethical Considerations Guiding a Narrative Approach (here)?  In this lesson, we consider several ethics guiding narrative practices: postmodern sensibility, therapeutic posture, our approaching people as the center of their own lives, and reckoning with power. Key ethical consideration #1: Postmodern sensibility Key Ethical Consideration #2: Decentered and influential therapeutic posture Key ethical consideration #3: People are the center of their own lives Key ethical consideration #4: Reckoning with power  

Lesson 4b) Position of Decentered-influential

Cate Ryan: April 17, 2011 Hi All, We have been asked as a part of the Narrative Practices Adelaide certificate group to bring some questions from our readings and reflections on externalising conversations to the wider forum. Looking back at my reflection on the influence externalising conversation has on the formation of the support relationship, I am left wondering how we maintain the balance of power that exists between the ourselves as ‘professionals’ and those Read More

Lesson 5d) Statement of position map

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The Statement of Position Map was my introduction to narrative maps. At that time, I didn’t really see the connection with externalizing conversations. However I did find it very helpful as guide for conversations. What about you?  Is this map helpful to you and if so, how? Michael initially proposed 4 categories of response. Do you like scaffolding in the fifth action-oriented category? What questions do you have? What else stands out to you about Read More

Lesson 5) Dividing practices – applications

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/]hat are some applications for externalization in your work context? What about in your everyday life and relationships? Do you have a story or to tell that might illustrate your experience? As you read through the abundance of materials in the first section, “What is narrative therapy?”, can you help us ground the concepts here in your every day practice? – Is there a story that come to mind from your own work context that Read More

Lesson 5e: Externalising conversations exercise- getting started

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This activity was initially developed by Narrative Practices Adelaide for teaching purposes only. Here we have created an online adaptation. You will need to pair up with someone else. If possible, choose someone you do not know. If you are looking for a buddy, just post the request here. Someone else will step forward.  Through email (or messaging?), you can begin your conversation. Decide who will be the interviewer and the interviewee. Only you and Read More

Lesson 5e) Reflections on Externalising exercise

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Have you had a chance to try out the Externalising conversations exercise with a buddy? What was your experience of the interview? What you are noticing about the impact of the questions How did it work for you to pair up like this online? What else would you like to say?

Reflections on Lesson 5 (FKC): Externalising

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Reflections on Externalising: FKC

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Lesson 6: Creating Audiences & Living Documents

If you want to go far

Before joining this Conversation Forum , please review the materials in Lesson Six: Creating Audiences, Linking Lives & Building Community. In this section we review how 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. In narrative practice, “documentation” is not an ugly word. Instead, we often create living documents through text, song, multi-media presentations, certificates Read More

Reflections on Lesson 6 (FKC): Creating audiences