Narrative Therapy – Tools for Exploring Stories
Mar 19, 2018 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $ 235.00 (regular rate)
Toronto, Ontario – Ramada Plaza
Trainer: Michelle Bentley, MA, RP, RMFT
About the trainer
Michelle Bentley, MA, RP, RMFT
Michelle is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality and a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education. She draws on her educational background, 15 years of group facilitation, and agency and private practice experience to add a personalized touch to her workshops. Michelle maintains a private practice with individuals, families and children and specializes in mental health, trauma, eating disorders and coping with family changes. She believes that helpers are more effective when they have a non-judgmental perspective and compassionate curiosity for both themselves and their clients. As a facilitator, Michelle brings her knowledge of learning principles to provide an interactive, engaging and participant-centred experience, incorporating practical information attendees can immediately apply to both their personal and professional lives.
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.
- 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
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.
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
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Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.
You Will Receive
A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. For livestream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.
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Continuing Education Credit
While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: A two day workshops earns 12 continuing education hours and a one day workshop earns 6 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.
The following associations have formally approved our workshops:
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit
Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)
Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada
Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)
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