Friday, June 28, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM CDT
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McHenry County Mental Health Board 
620 Dakota Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

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Kristen Doherty 
McHenry County Mental Health Board 
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Narrative Therapy II
Advanced Clinical Application
Presented by Todd Tedrow, LCSW, CAPSW, LNHA

 Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm 
       FREE: 4.5 CEU's for attending this training  (IAODAPCA included)
Lunch is on your own

Who Should Attend: Psychiatrist (MD), Psychiatric Nurse (RN), Psychologist (Ph.D), Social Worker (MSW), Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), and other mental health professionals. 


People live in story.  Story frames how we come to understand our lived experiences and to create meaning and purpose in life.  However, stories are created from the subjective interpretation of our lives, and are highly influenced by the contexts in which we, as authors, exist, and include social, cultural, economic, and political contexts, among others.  Often, especially when we experience dissatisfaction or trauma, our stories take on a narrow and constricted view of our lived experience, and we tend to experience life from this constricted framework that influences our daily actions and our perspective on the world around us.    Of particular interest in the narrative approach, is the re-storying of our lives in ways that lead to a more satisfying outcome for the author.  Stories that are fuller, richer, and support a more satisfying outcome. 

Session Outline:


  • Introduction with Exercise
  • Case Review/Inspiration
  • What is Narrative Therapy?
  • Challenging Client/Population Identification
  • Experiential Exercises (small breakout groups)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Stations will be indentified for each of the following, and participants will choose two sessions to attend; one from 1-2pm and one from 2-3pm)

I.   Narrative Family Therapy

II.  Narrative Therapy and Trauma

III. Narrative Therapy in School Settings

IV. Narrative Therapy in Community Work

V.  Narrative Therapy and Addiction

Discussion/Question and Answer

Presentation runs from 9-3 with one hour lunch

Session Style:

This is a highly interactive session where participants will not only learn about the components of narrative therapy, but will also apply the concepts to a challenging client they may be treating in practice.  In addition, participants will also engage in two specialized breakout sessions that include instruction and experiential exercises where they will engage with the Narrative Therapy process.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Recognize the theoretical basis for Narrative Therapy
  • Understand and apply the basic structure of Narrative Therapy
  • Engage in multiple experiential active learning exercises that demonstrate components of the narrative process
  • Apply Narrative Therapy principles to specialized populations and settings

Presenter: Todd Tedrow, LCSW, CAPSW, LNHA
Dr. Todd Tedrow

Dr. Tedrow is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.  In this role, Dr. Tedrow is the Assistant Chair of the BSW programs in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and Woodstock, IL as well as the advisor for the Healthcare Specialization.  He enjoys teaching medical social work courses, as well as courses in policy, forensics, and psychopharmacology in social work practice.  He teaches in the BSW, MSW and DSW programs.  Dr. Tedrow is also in practice at Independence Health and Therapy in Woodstock, Illinois where he facilitates Narrative Group Therapy with clients who suffer from dementia and other cognitive disorders. 

Dr. Tedrow has recently presented on the topic of Narrative Therapy for the International Association of Social Work with Groups in South Africa at their annual symposium in June of 2018, presented at the NASW-Wisconsin Conference in October of 2018, and the International Association of Social Work with Groups annual symposium in June of 2019.  Dr. Tedrow has previously presented for the McHenry County Mental Health Board in February on Narrative Therapy in Groups.