In narrative therapy, the events that occur over time in a person’s life are viewed as stories, some of which stand out as more significant or more fateful than others. These significant stories, usually stemming from negative events, can ultimately shape one’s identity. Beyond this identity, the narrative therapist views a client’s life as multitiered and full of possibilities that are just waiting to be discovered. The therapist does not act as the expert, but rather helps clients see how they are the experts regarding their own life and, as such, can uncover the dreams, values, goals, and skills that define who they really are, separate from their problems. These are the buried stories that can be rewritten and woven into the ongoing and future story of their lives.

We use stories constantly – to inform, to connect with others, to share our feelings and experiences, and even to sort out our own thoughts and feelings. Stories are used to organize our thoughts, find meaning and purpose, and establish our sense of identity in this confusing and sometimes lonely world.

Narrative therapy capitalizes on our storytelling tendencies to provide us with opportunities for growth and development, ways to find meaning, and a pathway to a better understanding of ourselves.

“What is your story?”
The answer to this question can take a million different forms, and the story you provide will likely be different depending on who is asking, your mood at the time, and whether you feel like you are still at the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of your most salient story.

We use stories constantly – to inform, to connect with others, to share our feelings and experiences, and even to sort out our own thoughts and feelings. Stories are used to organize our thoughts, find meaning and purpose, and establish our sense of identity in this confusing and sometimes lonely world.

Narrative therapy capitalizes on our storytelling tendencies to provide us with opportunities for growth and development, ways to find meaning, and a pathway to a better understanding of ourselves.

If you’ve never heard of narrative therapy before – don’t worry, you’re not alone!

This therapy is a more specific and less common method of guiding clients towards healing and personal development, and it’s all about the stories we tell.

Narrative therapy views the client as the expert.

Finally, in narrative therapy, the therapist does not occupy a higher social or academic space than the client. In these therapeutic relationships, it is understood that the client is the expert in his or her own life, and both parties are expected to go forth with this understanding. Only the client knows their own life intimately, and only the client has the skills and knowledge necessary to change their behavior and address their issues (Morgan, 2000).


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COURSES:

CERTIFICATE COURSE IN NARRATIVE THERAPY

Learning to Listen

The nature of the Narrative connection
How narrative conversations are different
Therapist as student not teacher / de-centered

Absent but implicit

Unique outcomes
Our position in the conversation
How our conversations facilitate the creation or discovery of identity
What is a Problem?
Demonstration interview

Problems as defined by the client

Small questions
Externalization
HITEC

Question Construction
Preferred identity

Stories of meaning
Broadening of experience questions

Scaffolding
Re-membering
Going Lateral & Transparency

How to integrate knowledge of insiders and professional experience
The process of sharing ethical and personal concerns
Balancing the landscape of action and the landscape of meaning
How we loiter differently in preferred stories and problem stories

Different methods of transition to a preferred story.

Glimmers / exceptional outcomes
Absent but implicit

QUESTION CONSTRUCTION

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL LISTENING COURSE 

Three evening courses

Transforming your Experience of Listening and Empower who you listen to!

Topics include:

  • What is and is not listening
  • Creating positive power for yourself and others
  • De-centering and curiosity
  • Growing as a listener
  • Creating space for others to share and grow
  • Quieting your mind
  • Kindness and listening

TRAINING IN NARRATIVE MARRIAGE COUNSELING 

STANDING AGAINST LONELINESS COURSE 

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