Friday, July 23, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Narrative Therapy Initiative 
Narrative Therapy Initiative 

The Success of "Failure"

Date: Friday, July 23, 2021; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern
Location: Online via Zoom
Instructor: Stephen Gaddis, PhD, LMFT

It seems that everyone I know personally and professionally, including myself, has a relationship with a story that they are not a good enough person. The “Not Good Enough” epidemic affects not only many of the people we meet in our work; it also seems to be quite good at infecting our understanding of ourselves as helpers. This workshop is designed to help us examine and deconstruct our relationships with those stories that successfully get us to relate to ourselves as failures. We will expose the tactics that failure stories use to sustain their power. In addition, we will have a chance to connect with stories that we prefer to have relationships with instead. My hope is that through understanding how we can change our own relationships with failure stories, we will develop new ideas for how we might help our clients with those stories as well.

In this workshop, you will be helped to:

  • Deconstruct your relationship with Failure and document Unique Outcomes
  • Identify what is not okay with you about your relationship with Failure, and why
  • Develop a preferred story that you want to nourish and keep closer to you than Failure
  • Develop ideas for how to help clients change their relationship with Failure 

This workshop is grounded in a Narrative Worldview. Participants can expect the workshop to be informed by narrative practices, ideas, and ethics. It will be helpful for participants to have previously had some introduction to narrative approaches to helping.  

This training will be a live, interactive event using the Zoom web conferencing platform. The training will be live streamed but will not be recorded. By registering, you agree to be a participant in a live-streaming event. No segments of this training will be recorded or made available via video.


Registration Fees: 

  • Regular Registration Rate  -- $100.00
  • NTI Member Registration Rate -- $90.00
  • Student/Senior Registration Rate -- $75.00 
  • Lottery -- Free (we have 3 spots available, if you'd like to be considered for the lottery, please register here


Additional Information:

Group Rates: 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 4.5 CEUs for LMFTs and LICSWs/LCSWs. We are not an APA approved sponsor. If you need LMHC CEUs, we will assist you so that you may apply on your own. If you will need a CE certificate, please order one in the registration form and let us know your professional license number. CE Certificates are $25.00.
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.

Questions: Email NTI at narrativetherapyinitiative@gmail.com.

Presenter Bio: Stephen Gaddis, LMFT, PhD, is the founder and director of the Narrative Therapy Initiative (NTI) in Salem, Mass. Steve has studied, practiced, and taught narrative therapy since 1994. He earned his International Postgraduate Diploma in Narrative Therapy at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, where he studied with Michael White. Steve also spent a year teaching narrative therapy in the graduate school of counseling at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has published and presented on narrative therapy nationally and internationally. Currently, Steve has a full-time narrative therapy and supervision practice in Salem, Mass., and he teaches narrative therapy at Boston College as well as independently through NTI. Steve received his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University.