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Narrative Therapy: Re-authoring the stores that shape realities. A full day workshop of core concepts and key skills to enrich your clinical repertoire

Event Details
Date: 22nd Nov 2019 22 Nov 19
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7


Students and new graduates rates available

Organiser: The Professional Development People
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Narratively oriented therapists take the position that our lives are shaped by stories. We never see the world as it is, we always see through a narrative ‘lens’, we give value to certain aspects of experience and neglect other aspects, we are constantly interpreting what is happening in, to and around us. It is through the stories we have about ourselves, others and life in general that we make sense of things and navigate our way in the world. And how we see the world clearly shapes how we act in the world. People usually come to therapy when in the grip of a‘problem-saturated’ story about themselves or some aspect of their lives. Working collaboratively, the therapist and client engage in a process of ‘unpacking’ this story and then ‘reauthoring’ – that is, returning to or arriving at preferred stories, noticing neglected but helpful aspects of experience, and developing more encouraging ‘identity conclusions’. Of course, these must be credible and sustainable narratives that translate into preferred actions and ways of being. Narrative practitioners believe that individuals and their stories are significantly shaped by the culture or cultures in which they live. Our ideas about - and experience of - love, gender, success, decency, family, work, health, normality, in fact every aspect of our lives, are shaped by ‘discourses’ derived from culture. A Narrative Therapist would therefore be very curious about what informs your thinking – and in what ways that thinking is and isn’t helpful. Particular attention is given to language for, as Heidegger said, ‘all description is interpretation’. Language doesn’t simply reflect reality, it creates it, and it is the conduit of culture. In this workshop, we will explore the storied-nature of our lives – and of course our clients’ lives; how these stories are formed, how identity is storied, the role of culture, the politics of social life, the practice of deconstruction and re authoring, the use of relational language, and related topics. Exercises in dyads, appropriate journal articles and other handouts, together with ample presenter-attendee dialogue, will support your learning.

Learning objectives

  1. Have a greater appreciation of, and to be able to work more effectively with, language, discourse, and social constructionist principles.
  2. Understand and work with the ‘normalising gaze’ and the significance of power relations.
  3. Work with the concept of multiple identities, identity conclusions and the externalising of problems.
  4. Begin to develop the skills of deconstruction, reauthoring and mapping.
  5. Enhance the skills of teasing out clients’ ‘insider knowing’ and work more closely with clients’ hopes, visions, values and commitments.
  6. Become more skilled at ‘talking the talk’, the reflective process that creates greater client/therapist collaboration.
  7. Draw on a wider range of theoretical lenses and a richer repertoire of skills

Learning outcomes

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Ability to identify and challenge many taken- for granted truths about people, problems and the practice of therapy.
  • Become keenly aware of and skilled in using language that is more collaborative, non pathologising and ultimately more productive for your clients.
  • Be able to draw on a richer repertoire of models, techniques and interventions

Presenter details

Adrian van den Bok’s discovery of Narrative Therapy some fourteen years ago, radically contributed to his practice and helped him become a much more useful therapist – and one who enjoyed his work a lot more. Over the past ten years he has had the pleasure of teaching Narrative Therapy to hundreds of students and experienced professionals. Adrian’s training includes: Analytical Psychotherapy, The Psychotherapy Centre, London; Accredited Diploma in Individual Psychotherapy & Relationship Counselling, Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney; Internship Certificate (supervised practice); Master’s Degree in Cultural Psychology – Narrative Studies, University of Western Sydney; Certified Focusing Oriented Therapist, the Focusing Institute, New York; faculty member, individual and group supervisor at the Jansen Newman Institute, Sydney; lecturer, Australian College of Applied Psychology; workshop leader, Centre for Community Welfare Training; supervision, coaching, counselling & psychotherapy in private practice; Clinical Member of CAPA (Counsellors And Psychotherapists Association of NSW); PACFA (Psychotherapists And Counsellors Federation of Australia) Registered, PACFA Accredited Supervisor. Adrian is a well known and highly regarded therapist, educator and supervisor.

Location and date

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

22 November 2019



Standard fee $288

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at half price, apply here

Registration and other information

Register online by clicking here

Ph: 1300 887 622

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