Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST
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Narrative Therapy Initiative

The Tree of Life:  A Narrative Methodology

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020; 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern
Instructor: Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo
Location: Online via Zoom
Maximum participants: 75

NTI is excited to announce the second installment in a series of trainings with NTI faculty member Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, who is known internationally for her narrative community work.

In November 2019 and again in May 2020, Ncazelo presented her COURRAGE program to the NTI community. The responses were overwhelmingly joyful and positive. We are honored to invite Ncazelo back once again to share The Tree of Life project.  The Tree of Life is a therapeutic intervention developed in Africa by Ncazelo, working in collaboration with David Denborough of the Dulwich Centre in Australia.  Although initially developed with children and young people in mind, it has been successfully used with adults to help them identify their strengths and abilities, hopes and dreams, reconnect with their roots and relationships and think about the 'storms of life' from a position of strength.  The Tree of Life narrative methodology uses a collaborative, culturally sensitive counselling methodology that has been used by many practitioners in mental health and psychosocial services in over 30 countries around the world including the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Brazil, India, USA, and across Africa.  Mental health practitioners have found the methodology relevant and supportive in various areas of their work including:

  • Work with older adults
  • Work with people with learning disabilities
  • Work with parents
  • Work with children and young people
  • Work with adults living with HIV
  • Work with people living with cancer
  • Work with refugees and ethnic minority groups

Important Tree of Life (TOL) principles covered in this training include: 

  • History and Foundations of TOL
  • Narrative Therapy Assumptions that inform the TOL methodology
  • The four parts of the TOL methodology
  • An experience of drawing personal Trees
  • An opportunity to practice interviewing skills when using the methodology
  • Examples of how TOL is being applied mainly in the UK
  • An opportunity to ask questions 

This training is designed for people who have been introduced to the Narrative Worldview, although all are welcome to attend.

This course will be a live, interactive event using the Zoom web conferencing platform. You will be emailed instructions on how to access and log into the course. To ensure maximum participant engagement in the online format, this course is limited to 75 participants.

Registration Fees:
  • Regular registration fee: $125
  • Students/seniors registration fee: $75
  • Save $25 if you also registered for NTI's "What Is Narrative Therapy?" or NTI's "Narrative Therapy in Practice"

Additional Information:

  • Group Rate: A discount is available 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.  There is a fee of $25.00 per CE certificate.  
  • Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be given up to 14 days prior to the event minus a $25 cancellation processing fee; within 14 days of the event, no refunds will be provided.
  • Lunch: A one-hour break is included. 
  • Questions? Email NTI at narrativetherapyinitiative@gmail.com.

Presenter Bio:

Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo is the pioneer and co-developer of the Tree of Life Counselling Methodology. She is a psychologist, narrative therapist, and psychosocial specialist with over 15 years’ experience working in the area of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing. She specializes in designing programs and interventions for various vulnerable groups and communities. Her work has largely focused on supporting children, women, and communities affected by HIV and AIDS, poverty, and conflict in East and Southern Africa. Ncazelo has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe, and Australia, providing training in responding to hardships and trauma and sharing her experiences with mental health practitioners. Over the years, Ncazelo’s work has focused on developing culturally sensitive therapies to respond to the hardships and trauma experienced by children, women, and communities. Learn more about Ncazelo at www.phola.org.