This is an online event. 



Narrative Therapy Initiative 
Narrative Therapy Initiative 

Narrative Therapy in Practice
February 23 & 24, 2024; 10 am to 5 pm Eastern
Instructors: Suzanne Gazzolo, PhD, LCPC, and Matt Mooney, LICSW
Location: Online via Zoom
Maximum participants: 30

This practice and skill-based two-day training is for people wanting to learn how narrative therapy ideas, informed by poststructuralism, are put into practice in therapeutic settings. In particular, we explore externalizing practices and skills in the context of deconstructing and re-authoring therapy conversations. Clinical examples and experiential exercises will help support participants’ learning. Participants can expect to learn how narrative practitioners work to help people separate their lives from problems and identify new steps they can take that fit with their hopes and values. After completing this course, you can further your skill development through NTI's Narrative Certificate Program, which begins each fall.

Here is a quick taste of externalizing practices and deconstructing and re-authoring therapy conversations.  For an appetizer of the narrative worldivew, we invite you to take a listen to this episode of A Narrative Revolution: Conversations with Steve Gaddis.  

To enroll in this course, participants need to have completed NTI's "What Is Narrative Therapy?" workshop or an equivalent introductory training about the Narrative Worldview. If you are unsure if you are eligible for this course, email NTI to discuss your previous experience with narrative therapy.

This training will be a live, interactive event using the Zoom web conferencing platform.  This training will be live streamed and recorded for NTI archives. By registering, you agree to be a participant in a live-streaming event that will be recorded for archive purposes only.  No segments of this training will be made available via video or audio.  If NTI utilizes this recording in the future, all participant activity will be deleted and/or explicit permission will be obtained before any such segments are released. To ensure maximum participant engagement in the online format, this course is limited to 30 participants.

Registration Fees: 

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 approved for 11 CEUs for LMFTs with NEAFAST and LICSWs/LCSWs with NASW-MA. Please note it is the participant's responsibility to check with the respective licensing board to determine if these approvals meet the requirements for licensure renewal.  If you need LMHC or Psychologist CEUs, we will assist you with the application process by providing you documentation of attendance and workshop information at no charge.  If you are a LMFT or LCSW/LICSW and 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.
  • Breaks: The course includes a one-hour lunch break and short morning and afternoon breaks.
  • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be given up to 14 days prior to the first day of the course, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Within 14 days of the course, no refunds will be provided.
  • Questions? Email NTI at narrativetherapyinitaitive@gmail.com.


Presenter Bios: 

Suzanne Gazzolo, Ph.D., LCPC
Suzanne has been a practicing licensed clinical counselor for over 20 years. Her early training and dissertation were rooted in relational and feminist ideas. Inspired by hearing Michael White speak about the social justice orientation of Narrative Therapy, Suzanne immersed herself in learning more about post-structural and narrative ideas at the Evanston Family Therapy Center in Evanston, Ill.. There she linked with a group of practitioners that continue to collaborate to this day. Matt Mooney has been part of this group and through him, Suzanne was introduced to the exciting work of the Narrative Therapy Initiative and Steve Gaddis. Suzanne works with individuals and families in her independent counseling practice and also enjoys consulting, mentoring, supervision and presenting on topics related to narrative practice. She is on the faculty of Evanston Family Therapy Center and NTI. Suzanne can be reached at (847) 280-0564 or sgazzolo@mac.com.

Matt Mooney, M.S.W., LICSW
Matt is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with nearly 15 years of experience working as a narrative therapist to young people and their families in Boston, Mass. He has worked as a family therapist, clinical supervisor, and consultant for community-based, in-home therapy agencies in Boston and has additional experience maintaining a full-time private therapy practice. Currently, Matt lives in Connecticut and is a high school social worker in Hartford. Matt enjoys speaking about narrative ideas in any context and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Boston graduate schools of social work and/or counseling. He can be reached at (978) 219-9819 or Matthew.J.Mooney@gmail.com.