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 with the tools and processes to begin using narrative frameworks with their clients.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Key Concepts and Guiding Principles
  • What Makes a Good Question
  • The Art of Question Development
  • Considerations Around Note Taking
  • The Intertwining of Assessment and Intervention
  • Getting to Know the Problem
  • Highlighting the Preferred Narrative
  • Exploring Supports
  • The Role of Letter Writing
  • Challenges and Critiques of Narrative Therapy

Target Audience

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

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify issues shaping one’s identity and story(s)
  • Separate the person from the problem(s)
  • Develop questions to explore preferred identity and the influence of problems
  • Engage a support network to better develop the preferred self
  • Practice strategies within a narrative framework