2018 Summer One Week Narrative Therapy Intensive: Taking Narrative
Ideas Into Everyday Practice
Date:July 9-13, 2018
Location: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON Map
Faculty Amy Druker, Ruth Pluznick, Jia Yao & Angel Yuen
Online registration opens mid-January 2018
In this Narrative Therapy intensive program we will enjoy a full interactive week of learning and practicing. Throughout the training there will be a thorough exploration of narrative ideas and their application to a range of problems. Experiential exercises, didactic, role-play and video clips will assist in developing and/or honing each participant’s narrative skills. Our last day will include a half-day with a live interview and opportunity for trainees to be part of an Outsider Witness reflecting team.
During this intensive participants will:
· Explore the ideas that shape narrative practice
· Learn how to engage in externalizing conversations and deconstruction of problem stories
· Witness how serious problems can be addressed in playful and respectful way
· Learn about and practice outsider witnessing
· Consider the broader context that affects people’s lives
· Engage in
practices that support rich subordinate story development
(re-membering, re-authoring, documentation)
Our program Structure
In this Narrative Therapy intensive program, we will enjoy a full interactive week of learning and practicing. Throughout the training, there will be a thorough exploration of narrative ideas and their application to a range of problems. Experiential exercises, didactic, role-play and video clips will assist in developing and/or honing each participant’s narrative skills. Our last day will include a half-day with a live ‘consulting your consultant’ interview and opportunity for trainees to be part of an Outsider Witness reflecting team.
Who should register for this one week intensive?
This intensive training program will be suitable to practitioners who are wishing to extend and stretch their current narrative practice. It will also benefit the avid narrative beginner. Most of all it will be relevant to anyone hoping to take narrative ideas back into their everyday practice.
Monday 9am to 4pm, Tuesday 9am to 4pm, Wednesday 9am to 1pm (afternoon free), Thursday 9am to 4pm, Friday 9am to 4pm. Lunch daily for 70 minutes with exception of Wednesday where we will have 30 minute break
Summer program faculty:
is a private therapist in Durham region and school social
worker for the Toronto
District School Board. She is committed to non-pathologizing
practices in her work alongside persons of all ages while
continually considering the influences of the broader context of
power relations. She has been using narrative practices for over 20
years and for the past decade has taught several workshops locally
and in several different countries. In 2006 Angel joined the
international teaching faculty for the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide
Sheis co-editor with Cheryl White of the 2007 book Conversations about gender, culture, violence & narrative practice.
Natasha Kis-Sines is a member of the Toronto District School Board social work team. She works with young people and families from diverse communities and is deeply committed to social justice. Natasha has also produced a public education video with young men in her school about their experience of depression. The video offers a first-person account of their experiences of depression, its effects on their lives and relationships and their strategies to move forward in life, despite the challenges.
Ruth Pluznick is the director of the clinical services at a public Children's Mental Health Centre in Toronto, Canada. She is a member of the international faculty of the Dulwich Centre and a teacher for the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto. Ruth has been practicing and teaching narrative therapy for over 20 years, and is particularly committed to the application of these ideas in marginalized communities. Ruth is the 2014/2015 recipient of the Elizabeth Manson Award for Clinical Excellence (awarded by the Department of Psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Ruth and Natasha have developed a program for children growing up with parents with mental health difficulties; the young people share their stories with other youth and families in similar circumstances. Natasha and Ruth have published two articles about this project and plans are underway for a documentary film with these young people and their parents. Ruth can be contacted at email@example.com. Natasha can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 fees - Registration opens January 2018
Special low early rate $595 until Feb. 26 - Early rate of $675 until June 10 - Regular rate of $725 thereafter
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Registration and full details for the 2018 Summer program will be available by mid-January 2018