Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Narrative Therapy Initiative 
Narrative Therapy Initiative 

What Is Narrative Therapy?
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020; 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern
Instructors: Stephen Gaddis, PhD, LMFT, and Amy Druker, MSW
Location: Online via Zoom

This one-day online training is for people who have heard about narrative therapy but have never been formally introduced to its radically collaborative, respectful, and socially just ways of understanding people and problems. Sometimes people mistakenly think narrative therapy is simply about listening to people tell their stories. This is partly true, but there is much more.

Narrative therapy helps people grow a new sense of personal power, choice, and action with the problems in their lives and relationships. Importantly, it also addresses the political nature of problems. Narrative therapy raises questions about whether problems should be understood as a mental health issue or as an effect of power relations and social injustice.

In this workshop, the basic assumptions and ideas that distinguish the Narrative Worldview from the culturally dominant Normative Worldview will be introduced. The exciting effectiveness of working from a narrative perspective will be illustrated in real examples from clinical work. The intention of this workshop is to offer participants an initial taste of narrative therapy and its implication for ourselves as people committed to helping people who are experiencing hardships and trauma. 

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • Critical distinctions between Narrative and Normative Worldviews
  • The purpose of Rich Story Development
  • The social justice practice of externalizing problems

This training will be a live, interactive event using the Zoom web conferencing platform and will be recorded. Registrants can attend either the live, online event or request access to the recording for a limited time after the training. The price is the same for both options. However, CEUs are only available for participants who attend the live event.

To attend the online event or have access to the recording, please register and then email us to let us know if you plan to participate online or view the recording. You will then be emailed instructions on how to set up and access the Zoom platform or view the recording.

Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird Rate, by April 11 -- $100; $70 for students/seniors
  • Regular Rate, after April 11 -- $125; $75 for students/seniors

Technical Information: The Zoom interactive, web conferencing platform allow participants to see both the presenter and the audience and to interact by raising your hand, typing questions and comments in a chat box, or speaking to the group. By participating in the live training, you agree to be part of an interactive event that will be recorded and made available to other registrants unable to participate in the live event.

Additional Information:

  • Group Rate: We offer discounts for groups of four or more people from a single agency or organization; to register a group, email narrativetherapyinitiative@gmail.com.
  • CEUs: We are applying for 6 CEUs for LMFTs and LICSWs/LCSWs. If you need LMHC CEUs, we will assist you with the application process. If you will need a CE certificate, please order one in the registration form and let us know your professional license number.
  • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be given up to 14 days prior to the training minus a $25 cancellation fee. Within 14 days of the training, no refunds will be provided.
  • Instructor Bio: For detailed information about Dr. Stephen Gaddis, visit the NTI website.
  • Questions? Email NTI at narrativetherapyinitiative@gmail.com.