Friday, April 2, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT
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Narrative Therapy Initiative

The Tree of Life:  A Narrative Methodology

Date: Friday, April 2, 2021; 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern
Instructor: Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo
Location: Online via Zoom

We are honored to welcome 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.  In conjunction with The Tree of Life on April 2nd, Ncazelo will offer her 4.5 hour workshop "Narratives in the Suitcase Project:  A narrative methodology for responding to children and others on the move" on April 3rd.  By registering for the Tree of LIfe, you will receive a discount on the Suitcase Project registration fee.  You can learn more about the Suitcase Project and register here.    

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. 

Registration Fees:
  • Regular registration fee: $125
  • If you have attended any of Ncazelo's previous workshops offered through NTI, please use code TOL2021 for a $25.00 discount off of the regular registration rate
  • Students/seniors registration fee: $75

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.