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Darcey Surette 
Narrative Therapy Initiative 

Next Steps for Narrative Learning, Practice and Consultation Program 2023-2024
Dates: Monthly on Fridays 1
5 PM ET, September 22, 2023, through June 7, 2024
Location: This program is currently scheduled to be fully online using Zoom
Maximum Participants: 15
Instructors: Suzanne Gazzolo, PhD; Guadalupe Morelos, LICSW; Matt Mooney, LICSW; and ongoing inspiration from the legacy of Stephen Gaddis, PhD

This year-long Narrative Learning, Practice and Consultation Program is for people who wish to further develop a personal understanding of the Narrative Worldview, its social justice ethics and concepts, with a focus on practice, and consultation about clinical work. The goal of this course is to help participants nourish their narrative practitioner identity and preferred ways of helping. The program builds on NTI's Certificate Program, where the focus is on learning and thinking about the ideas that inform narrative theory. Next Steps offers more exposure to the ideas that inform narrative theory with particular attention to practicing skills and consultation on your clinical practice. Drawing from participants' personal and professional lived experiences, the course emphasizes a peer experiential-learning philosophy, conversational teaching style, and community-building orientation. Completion of a year-long narrative training program or an equivalent and a current clinical practice as a narrative therapist, in any setting, are required for registration. 

The 2023–2024 Learning, Practice and Consultation Program includes the following online meetings. Please note all times are listed as Eastern Time:

  • Fridays 15 PM ET Sept 22, Oct 20, Dec 1, Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 5, May 3 & June 7

The 4-hour monthly Friday meetings will begin with a learning hour focusing on a particular narrative concept or idea, supported by readings, podcasts and videos. This will be followed by a practice portion where together we will spend time asking questions accross the territories of Deconstructing, Re-Authoring, and Thickening, all in the service of supporting Rich Story Development. The remainder of the Friday meetings will be dedicated to consultations. Participants will present a piece of their clinical work to a smaller group of participants (through audio, video, transcript, session notes). Narrative practices and ethics will inform how we witness and reflect on one another's work.  

In addition to the once per month 4-hour Friday meeting, there are 1.5-hour online meetings in small peer groups that will meet twice per month. One remaining week will be a dedicated reading week. The small peer-group meetings allow you to meet with a cohort of individuals, connected by shared values, to help you stay close to your intentions for learning. If you enroll in the program, you will meet with a cohort of up to 5 in the small peer groups.  The program includes readings, podcasts and videos which participants will be expected to read/listen/view outside of meeting times or during the dedicated reading week. Participant presentations of clinical work will take place during the Friday meetngs. Each participant will be expected to present a piece of their clinical work 3-4 times during the course of the program. This course will use the Google Classroom platform. You will need a gmail address to use Google Classroom. A short training will be available to familiarize yourself with the platform.    

This course is highly experiential, and draws significantly from participants' own lives, personally and professionally. We believe the best way to learn is through a personal engagement with ideas and practices. Thus, we invite people to learn by practicing with one another around real-life problems they are up against personally and professionally. This means personal stories are frequently shared. If you are not comfortable sharing stories from your personal or professional life, this course is likely not a good fit for you. To be clear, we don’t expect anyone to share anything they prefer to keep private.

To ensure potential participants are informed about the various expectations and hopes associated with this course, we require interested participants to participate in a conversation before registering. A NTI faculty member will schedule an initial phone or Zoom conversation to discuss your hopes for learning and answer any questions you may have. A decision will then be made about whether your hopes and the course expectations seem like a good fit. To schedule the initial conversation please email Darcey here, with a subject of "Next Steps Initial Conversation." 

If you decide to join us, you will be a member of the first NTI Next Steps cohort! In addition to learning about narrative ideas and practices, participants develop a precious community and powerfully meaningful relationships around shared values. We are deeply heartened by relationships with people like you who recognize the responsibility that comes with the privilege of offering someone help. Graduates of the Next Steps program are well positioned to help grow a more socially just Narrative World.

Tuition: $2,500; a 10% discount is available if paid in full upon registration

  • A non-refundable $450 deposit is required at registration.
  • Payment plans are available. To discuss the deposit and payment plans, please email Darcey Surette.

Additional Information:

  • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the first day of the program, minus the non-refundable $450 deposit. Due to the limited number of participants, no refunds are available within 30 days of the program.
  • CEUs: We are applying for 30 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.  
  • Instructor Bios: For detailed information about the course instructors, visit the NTI website.
  • Questions? Email NTI at narrativetherapyinitiative@gmail.com.