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Narrative Therapy: Theory and Practice 10:00am – 4:30pm October 19, Crystal Hermitage, Ananda Village


This workshop is designed for those professionals holding a master’s degree or higher in social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology, and counseling psychology.  


About the Presenter


David Nylund, LCSW, PhD is a Professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento.  He is also the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center, an agency serving the transgender and queer communities.  Dr. Nylund has been practicing Narrative Therapy for over 20 years.  He has published several books and articles on Narrative Therapy. David has presented his work in the United States, as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, and Europe.



Course Format:     Lecture, Small Group Discussion, Case Presentation, Case

Consultation, and Experiential Exercises


Program Objectives


Narrative Therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counseling that views problems as separate from people.  Narrative Therapy is an anti-individualist, relational approach that centers people as the experts of their own lives.  It assumes people have many skills, beliefs, competencies, values, and abilities that will assist them in reducing the influence of problems over their lives. 


This workshop will offer participants an experience of the ideas and basic practices of Narrative Therapy. The focus will include the narrative metaphor, the post-structuralist worldview, facilitating externalizing conversations and some ways of storying experience.  Applications of Narrative Therapy with problems such as depression, trauma, ADHD, and eating disorders will be highlighted.  There will also be discussion on crafting useful questions within narrative practice. The format will include discussion, demonstration, and exercises. Participants will leave the workshop with a range of Narrative Therapy tools to incorporate in their work with youth, families, and adult clients.


Educational Objectives for the Workshop


The educational objectives for this workshop are to assist participants in the acquisition of knowledge and skills regarding the use Narrative Therapy. By the end of the training participants:  



  1. Will have an understanding of key concepts from Narrative Therapy.


  1. Will learn various Narrative Therapy practices including letter writing and reflecting teams.


  1. Will learn how to engage clients in externalizing conversations.


  1. Learn re-authoring questions.


  1. Learn a detailed guideline for a Narrative Therapy conversation that can be used in any setting with any presenting concern including diagnoses and histories of trauma.


Instructional Methods:


  1. Didactic presentation

  2. Case vignettes

  3. Case consultation

  4. Role playing

  5. Experiential exercises

  6. Small Group discussion

  7. Power point presentation

  8. Videotapes of Narrative Therapy sessions

  9. Bibliography



Registration and Information:


Kathleen Benson, LMFT

Nefretete Rasheed, Ph.D 

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