May
15
Wed
2019
Level One – Manchester: Part one
May 15 – May 17 all-day

Course content

The story metaphor in therapy

How to understand people’s actions from the stories of their lives. An appreciation of how stories shape lives and re-storying can re-shape lives. How to rewrite the past without erasing past experiences.

Externalisation

How to externalise problems in multiple ways. How to make vague problems concrete and manageable. Unique outcomes and alternative story development – become an effective practitioner with the most chronic and complex problems that ordinarily induce despair. How to discern hope in dire situations. How to spot nuggets of gold in conversations that lift the atmosphere. What to look for when a conversation seems negative or hopeless. Move conversations quickly from problem-saturated to problem-solving.

Exceptions

How to turn seemingly small initiatives into substantive developments from which problem solving skills emerge that can move past those ‘revolving-door’ situations

De-centred practice

How to develop collaborative and respectful ways of relating to clients that makes them the expert on their lives and honours the skills, experience, knowledge and significant relationships of the people who come to meet with us.

Re-authoring lives

How to use any piece of information to identify a person’s strong values.  How to connect these with other events and figures in people’s lives to clarify a sense of identity so that entirely new perspectives are possible.

Question structures

How to structure conversations: maps to guide conversations; questions that can rescue conversational cul de-sacs; questions that avoid those “yes, but…” replies; question structures that have profound effects on a person’s thinking; questions that make small improvements much bigger; ways to respond when someone says “I don’t know”; questions that consistently move conversations forward; how to understand conversations so that you’re never stuck for a question; how to chart conversations that reveal where and why they got stuck.

Norms and power

How to question taken for granted norms and integrate an ethical approach with brief practice. Understand Michel Foucault’s critique of cultural norms and how they affect all our lives. How to discern and appreciate the power of these norms without getting captured by them. How to use language to avoid applying norms to people’s lives.

Wider contexts

How to take account and make visible the wider social, economic, cultural and political contexts of people’s lives

Outsider Witnessing

How to provide moving and powerful acknowledgements of people that unstick them from repetitive processes. How to use imagery to evoke strong and positive feelings.

Writing Letters and Documents

How to write simple letters that have powerful therapeutic effects and get changes widely recognised.

Re-membering Conversations

How to use memories to support people in the present. How to bring figures from the past or mythical characters to life as co-therapists.

N.B. Courses will aim to respond flexibly to participants and topics covered may vary with each particular group

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of narrative therapy or practice is required

Cost

The cost of the course is £525 + VAT and does not include accomodation and travel arrangements

Individuals paying for themselves and unable to set the course fee against tax are elegible for a 20% discount. This should be indicated on your application form and will then be applied to your invoice

Format

There are two course formats for Level One training: 1 teaching block of 5 days OR I X 3 day teaching block AND 1 x 2 day teaching block. Both formats offer the same teaching time and course content.Days commence at 0930 and finish at 1630.

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Jun
13
Thu
2019
Level One – Manchester: Part two
Jun 13 – Jun 14 all-day

Course content

The story metaphor in therapy

How to understand people’s actions from the stories of their lives. An appreciation of how stories shape lives and re-storying can re-shape lives. How to rewrite the past without erasing past experiences.

Externalisation

How to externalise problems in multiple ways. How to make vague problems concrete and manageable. Unique outcomes and alternative story development – become an effective practitioner with the most chronic and complex problems that ordinarily induce despair. How to discern hope in dire situations. How to spot nuggets of gold in conversations that lift the atmosphere. What to look for when a conversation seems negative or hopeless. Move conversations quickly from problem-saturated to problem-solving.

Exceptions

How to turn seemingly small initiatives into substantive developments from which problem solving skills emerge that can move past those ‘revolving-door’ situations

De-centred practice

How to develop collaborative and respectful ways of relating to clients that makes them the expert on their lives and honours the skills, experience, knowledge and significant relationships of the people who come to meet with us.

Re-authoring lives

How to use any piece of information to identify a person’s strong values.  How to connect these with other events and figures in people’s lives to clarify a sense of identity so that entirely new perspectives are possible.

Question structures

How to structure conversations: maps to guide conversations; questions that can rescue conversational cul de-sacs; questions that avoid those “yes, but…” replies; question structures that have profound effects on a person’s thinking; questions that make small improvements much bigger; ways to respond when someone says “I don’t know”; questions that consistently move conversations forward; how to understand conversations so that you’re never stuck for a question; how to chart conversations that reveal where and why they got stuck.

Norms and power

How to question taken for granted norms and integrate an ethical approach with brief practice. Understand Michel Foucault’s critique of cultural norms and how they affect all our lives. How to discern and appreciate the power of these norms without getting captured by them. How to use language to avoid applying norms to people’s lives.

Wider contexts

How to take account and make visible the wider social, economic, cultural and political contexts of people’s lives

Outsider Witnessing

How to provide moving and powerful acknowledgements of people that unstick them from repetitive processes. How to use imagery to evoke strong and positive feelings.

Writing Letters and Documents

How to write simple letters that have powerful therapeutic effects and get changes widely recognised.

Re-membering Conversations

How to use memories to support people in the present. How to bring figures from the past or mythical characters to life as co-therapists.

N.B. Courses will aim to respond flexibly to participants and topics covered may vary with each particular group

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of narrative therapy or practice is required

Cost

The cost of the course is £525 + VAT and does not include accomodation and travel arrangements

Individuals paying for themselves and unable to set the course fee against tax are elegible for a 20% discount. This should be indicated on your application form and will then be applied to your invoice

Format

There are two course formats for Level One training: 1 teaching block of 5 days OR I X 3 day teaching block AND 1 x 2 day teaching block. Both formats offer the same teaching time and course content.Days commence at 0930 and finish at 1630.

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Sep
16
Mon
2019
Clinical Practice Intensive
Sep 16 – Sep 20 all-day
Clinical Practice Intensive @ London | England | United Kingdom

Clinical Practice Intensive

This is an intensive week of focused skills practice around a variety of themes and common clinical dilemmas, for example: what do you do when a young person doesn’t talk? Or when someone has been labelled “hard to engage”, “obstructive” or “defensive”? Or when you’re faced with an entrenched anorexic presentation? Or when someone doesn’t want to be there?

All participants are invited to bring a couple of real life dilemmas from their practice for the group to work with. Videotaped or DVD’d examples are particularly welcome. Additionally, there will be opportunities to be interviewed and experience an Outsider Witness Group. We will practice using different maps in interview scenarios, linking the maps together and charting conversations as we go. Interviews will be reviewed and learning points detailed.

This module will be hard work but the atmosphere is highly supportive. We are confident that participants will experience a clear advance in their narrative practice skills, and that these skills will be relevant to a variety of work and clinical contexts.

 

Typical topics covered include:

  • Practicing using different maps in a variety of clinical situations
  • Using the scaffolding Distance meta-map to guide questioning sequences in live and role-played clinical interviews.
  • Using “Therapist Positioning” ideas to orientate ourselves in de-centred but influential ways when under pressure.
  • Trying out a variety of practice strategies in demanding and challenging role-played clinical situations
  • Opportunities to be interviewed about your work and to be at the centre of Outsider Witness Group reflections.
  • Deconstructing interviews as they unfold to chart them on different practice maps
  • Supporting the learning of others using different styles of feedback.
  • Reviewing videotape of clinical practice and participating in peer supervision.
  • Intensive focus on the micro-skills of practice – the language, the sequencing of questions and the moment by moment attunement to the interviewee’s experience.

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Oct
10
Thu
2019
Level Two – Manchester part one
Oct 10 – Oct 11 all-day
Level Two - Manchester part one

Course content

Revision

How to spot ideas about learning that could slow your progress. Getting back up to speed with stories, maps and questions. Refining skills in using narrative maps to guide your questions. Learn ways to chart therapeutic conversations that identify new areas for enquiry.

Absent but implicit

Orientate to the different ways that values get expressed in conversation. Conversational structures that support the development of these into rich accounts of preferred stories and action.

Trauma

Why it happens, what it means and the most therapeutic ways to respond. Ways to support protest against injustice that empowers clients. How to recognise power practices and what to do about them.

Maps

Learn how the practice maps fit together and how to develop dexterity in questioning skills. The implications of Vygotsky’s research for clinical practice.

Power, context and discourse

How the politics of gender and power can be exposed. Expert knowledge, truth claims and how to address them. How to make visible the prescriptions and promises of discourse to enable people to expand the range of possibilities for action in their lives.

Expressions of failure

Why do people experience a sense of failure in their lives? A review of the ideas of Foucault and Deleuze. Therapeutic framework to guide responses to expressions of despair and failure.

Supervision

How to give great supervision that empowers the supervisee. How burnout happens and the ways that Western culture contributes to it. How to develop an anti-burnout practice that is invigorating for you and will surprise your colleagues.

N.B. Courses will aim to respond flexibly to participants and topics covered may vary with each particular group

 

Entry requirements

Participants are required to have completed a Level One training course in Narrative Therapy

 

Cost

The cost of the course is £525 + VAT and does not include accomodation and travel arrangements

Individuals paying for themselves and unable to set the course fee against tax are elegible for a 20% discount. This should be indicated on your application form and will then be applied to your invoice

 

Format

There are two course formats for Level One training: 1 teaching block of 5 days OR 1 X 3 day teaching block AND 1 x 2 day teaching block. Both formats offer the same teaching time and course content. Days commence at 0930 and finish at 1630.

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Dec
5
Thu
2019
Level Two – Manchester part two
Dec 5 – Dec 6 all-day
Level Two - Manchester part two

Course content

Revision

How to spot ideas about learning that could slow your progress. Getting back up to speed with stories, maps and questions. Refining skills in using narrative maps to guide your questions. Learn ways to chart therapeutic conversations that identify new areas for enquiry.

Absent but implicit

Orientate to the different ways that values get expressed in conversation. Conversational structures that support the development of these into rich accounts of preferred stories and action.

Trauma

Why it happens, what it means and the most therapeutic ways to respond. Ways to support protest against injustice that empowers clients. How to recognise power practices and what to do about them.

Maps

Learn how the practice maps fit together and how to develop dexterity in questioning skills. The implications of Vygotsky’s research for clinical practice.

Power, context and discourse

How the politics of gender and power can be exposed. Expert knowledge, truth claims and how to address them. How to make visible the prescriptions and promises of discourse to enable people to expand the range of possibilities for action in their lives.

Expressions of failure

Why do people experience a sense of failure in their lives? A review of the ideas of Foucault and Deleuze. Therapeutic framework to guide responses to expressions of despair and failure.

Supervision

How to give great supervision that empowers the supervisee. How burnout happens and the ways that Western culture contributes to it. How to develop an anti-burnout practice that is invigorating for you and will surprise your colleagues.

N.B. Courses will aim to respond flexibly to participants and topics covered may vary with each particular group

Entry requirements

Participants are required to have completed a Level One training course in Narrative Therapy

Cost

The cost of the course is £525 + VAT and does not include accomodation and travel arrangements

Individuals paying for themselves and unable to set the course fee against tax are elegible for a 20% discount. This should be indicated on your application form and will then be applied to your invoice

Format

There are two course formats for Level One training: 1 teaching block of 5 days OR 1 X 3 day teaching block AND 1 x 2 day teaching block. Both formats offer the same teaching time and course content. Days commence at 0930 and finish at 1630.

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Jan
27
Mon
2020
Level One – Birmingham
Jan 27 – Jan 31 all-day

Course content

The story metaphor in therapy

How to understand people’s actions from the stories of their lives. An appreciation of how stories shape lives and re-storying can re-shape lives. How to rewrite the past without erasing past experiences.

Externalisation

How to externalise problems in multiple ways. How to make vague problems concrete and manageable. Unique outcomes and alternative story development – become an effective practitioner with the most chronic and complex problems that ordinarily induce despair. How to discern hope in dire situations. How to spot nuggets of gold in conversations that lift the atmosphere. What to look for when a conversation seems negative or hopeless. Move conversations quickly from problem-saturated to problem-solving.

Exceptions

How to turn seemingly small initiatives into substantive developments from which problem solving skills emerge that can move past those ‘revolving-door’ situations

De-centred practice

How to develop collaborative and respectful ways of relating to clients that makes them the expert on their lives and honours the skills, experience, knowledge and significant relationships of the people who come to meet with us.

Re-authoring lives

How to use any piece of information to identify a person’s strong values.  How to connect these with other events and figures in people’s lives to clarify a sense of identity so that entirely new perspectives are possible.

Question structures

How to structure conversations: maps to guide conversations; questions that can rescue conversational cul de-sacs; questions that avoid those “yes, but…” replies; question structures that have profound effects on a person’s thinking; questions that make small improvements much bigger; ways to respond when someone says “I don’t know”; questions that consistently move conversations forward; how to understand conversations so that you’re never stuck for a question; how to chart conversations that reveal where and why they got stuck.

Norms and power

How to question taken for granted norms and integrate an ethical approach with brief practice. Understand Michel Foucault’s critique of cultural norms and how they affect all our lives. How to discern and appreciate the power of these norms without getting captured by them. How to use language to avoid applying norms to people’s lives.

Wider contexts

How to take account and make visible the wider social, economic, cultural and political contexts of people’s lives

Outsider Witnessing

How to provide moving and powerful acknowledgements of people that unstick them from repetitive processes. How to use imagery to evoke strong and positive feelings.

Writing Letters and Documents

How to write simple letters that have powerful therapeutic effects and get changes widely recognised.

Re-membering Conversations

How to use memories to support people in the present. How to bring figures from the past or mythical characters to life as co-therapists.

N.B. Courses will aim to respond flexibly to participants and topics covered may vary with each particular group

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of narrative therapy or practice is required

Cost

The cost of the course is £525 + VAT and does not include accomodation and travel arrangements

Individuals paying for themselves and unable to set the course fee against tax are elegible for a 20% discount. This should be indicated on your application form and will then be applied to your invoice

Format

There are two course formats for Level One training: 1 teaching block of 5 days OR I X 3 day teaching block AND 1 x 2 day teaching block. Both formats offer the same teaching time and course content.Days commence at 0930 and finish at 1630.

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Feb
6
Thu
2020
Level Two – Manchester part three
Feb 6 – Feb 7 all-day
Level Two - Manchester part three

Course content

Revision

How to spot ideas about learning that could slow your progress. Getting back up to speed with stories, maps and questions. Refining skills in using narrative maps to guide your questions. Learn ways to chart therapeutic conversations that identify new areas for enquiry.

Absent but implicit

Orientate to the different ways that values get expressed in conversation. Conversational structures that support the development of these into rich accounts of preferred stories and action.

Trauma

Why it happens, what it means and the most therapeutic ways to respond. Ways to support protest against injustice that empowers clients. How to recognise power practices and what to do about them.

Maps

Learn how the practice maps fit together and how to develop dexterity in questioning skills. The implications of Vygotsky’s research for clinical practice.

Power, context and discourse

How the politics of gender and power can be exposed. Expert knowledge, truth claims and how to address them. How to make visible the prescriptions and promises of discourse to enable people to expand the range of possibilities for action in their lives.

Expressions of failure

Why do people experience a sense of failure in their lives? A review of the ideas of Foucault and Deleuze. Therapeutic framework to guide responses to expressions of despair and failure.

Supervision

How to give great supervision that empowers the supervisee. How burnout happens and the ways that Western culture contributes to it. How to develop an anti-burnout practice that is invigorating for you and will surprise your colleagues.

N.B. Courses will aim to respond flexibly to participants and topics covered may vary with each particular group

Entry requirements

Participants are required to have completed a Level One training course in Narrative Therapy

Cost

The cost of the course is £525 + VAT and does not include accomodation and travel arrangements

Individuals paying for themselves and unable to set the course fee against tax are elegible for a 20% discount. This should be indicated on your application form and will then be applied to your invoice

Format

There are two course formats for Level One training: 1 teaching block of 5 days OR 1 X 3 day teaching block AND 1 x 2 day teaching block. Both formats offer the same teaching time and course content. Days commence at 0930 and finish at 1630.

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Mar
2
Mon
2020
Working with the effects of trauma
Mar 2 – Mar 6 all-day
Working with the effects of trauma

Working with the effects of trauma

There are many contexts within which people experience trauma. This module explores how narrative ideas and practices are used both to help people find preferred identities that have been lost through trauma, and also how a narrative ethic might lead us to respond to the contexts of trauma. Participants will be encouraged to bring issues and dilemmas from their own work experience for the group to work with. This is a highly practical module which is mindful of the many dilemmas when working in this area.

Typical topics covered include:

  • Understanding the absent but implicit and it’s use in working with the effects of trauma
  • Working with the effects of sexual abuse.
  • Considerations when working with issues related to domestic violence
  • Working with families when there has been a traumatic loss
  • Working with refugees and asylum seekers
  • Practices of accountability
  • Use of the Tree of Life
  • Developing nurturing teams
  • Taking testimonies

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Jun
8
Mon
2020
Linking lives and working with groups and communities
Jun 8 – Jun 12 all-day
Linking lives and working with groups and communities @ London | England | United Kingdom

Linking lives and working with groups and communities

This module focuses on different practices which link people together around the values they hold as important, and which can be used to address concerns shared by different communities or individuals.

 

Typical topics covered include:

  • Identity as relational
  • Issues of loss and bereavement
  • Working with communities
  • Working with groups
  • Outsider witness practices
  • Other practices of linking lives

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Oct
5
Mon
2020
Using narrative in the process of supervision
Oct 5 – Oct 9 all-day
Using narrative in the process of supervision

Using narrative in the process of supervision

How can we provide supervision in ways that are consistent with narrative understandings and approaches? Can we use maps of narrative practice in supervision in the same ways as in therapy?

What are the hopes of a narrative supervision? What if the supervisee wants our advice? What are the issues of power and hierarchy in the supervision context? Is ‘supervision’ a helpful term or would other words such as ‘intervision’ construct a better context? What is the difference between supervision and consultation?

Typical topics covered include:

  • Consideration of many of the questions above
  • Practices that attend to experiences of ‘burn out’
  • Ideas for constructing a narrative supervision
  • Dilemmas of a narrative supervision
  • Differences and similarities with therapy
  • Using micro-maps of narrative practice in supervision and consultation
  • Ideas for group supervision
  • Practice, practice, practice!
  • More practice…

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