We are all influenced by stories. In some of these stories, we are active players; other stories are thrust upon us. When problems occur (as they inevitably do), “problem stories” have a tendency to overshadow other stories. A narrative counselling framework seeks to explore the numerous stories that shape and influence identity, problems and preferred directions in life. Narrative therapy has been found to be a useful approach to many problems such as addictions, trauma and mental health concerns. In addition, it also works well with diverse populations and age groups. This interactive workshop will provide participants the tools and processes to begin using narrative frameworks with their clients.

Workshop Outline

  • Theory and Principles Influencing the Process
  • Intention and Goals within Narrative Therapy
  • Populations and Issues where Narrative Therapy Works Best
  • Strengths and Challenges
  • Role and Position of the Helper
  • The Narrative Model
  • Tools for Effective Practice
  • Issues of Assessment and Closing Within a Narrative Framework
  • Letter Writing and Documentation
  • Outsider Witness Process
  • Contrasting Narrative with other Frameworks

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study exercises, skill development and small group discussion

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers, social workers and anyone wanting to gain increased capacity in counselling skills.