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Narrative Therapy Intensive Course - Level 1

Event Details
Date: 2nd - 6th July 2018
Venue: Adelaide, SA
CPD hrs: 30

Standard: $850

Organiser: Terence Callahan

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This introduction to Narrative Practice features an energetic blend of hands-on skills and rigorous reflection that will leave participants keen to explore more. Central practices of the narrative approach (as described by Michael White) will be unfolded, along with an accessible sampling of ideas that inform the practice. This introduction is relevant for a range of contexts, including counselling, families and groups.

This course will explore:

  • Key ideas of narrative therapy
  • Locating narrative therapy in a context
  • Understanding ‘narrative’ and how stories shape us
  • A review of the ‘maps’ of narrative therapy
  • The role of externalising conversations with individuals, families and groups
  • Re- Authoring conversations through rich story development
  • Intentional and relational understandings of identity
  • Creating an audience for preferred story development
  • The narrative approach in work with individuals, families and groups

Learning outcomes

Participants will:

  • Gain practice skills in Externalising Problems, the use of the Statement of Position Map, ReAuthoring Map and Definitional Ceremonies
  • Gain knowledge in regard to the ideas (from anthropology, philosophy, etc) which have shaped the above practices
  • Find an appreciation of the history of the development of the above ideas and practices
  • Reflect on the application of the above in their own work
  • Acquire an understanding of Narrative Therapy as a distinct set of ideas and practices which have been taken up in various domains including community work, counselling, social work, psychiatry and social justice activism

Presenter details

Terry Callahan has worked in non-government community settings in Melbourne and Adelaide for more than ten years, attending to a wide range of counselling needs, including depression, anxiety, work-related stress, and responding in particular to community concerns about violence in families and relationships. He has engaged over the years with community education for peace, small communities development, and collaborative work with writers, artists and actors to bring forward the stories of persons marginalised in our society.

His ongoing independent therapeutic work focuses on respectful and accountable ways of assisting men to address their use of tactics of violence, abuse and control in their relationships with partners, ex-partners and children. He is also interested in assisting those suffering the ongoing effects of violence and trauma. An emerging focus is work with adolescents and children who use violence/abuse against parents/siblings or carers.

Terry has a Masters of Social Work degree (University of South Australia), and postgraduate qualifications in Counselling and Human Services (La Trobe), Narrative Therapy (Dulwich Adelaide) and undergraduate degrees in Arts (Monash) and Theology (Melb College of Divinity).

Venue and date

Narrative Practices Adelaide
1 Mary St
Hindmarsh Adelaide SA

2nd - 6th July 2018


Standard: $850.00


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