Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Narrative Therapy Initiative

Narratives In The Suitcase Project:  A narrative methodology for responding to children and others on the move

Date: Friday, April 3, 2021; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern
Instructor: Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo
Location: Online via Zoom

We are thrilled to annouce Ncazelo Ncube's 3rd offering in a series of workshops with NTI.  For this installment Ncazelo will share the Narratives In The Suitcase Project: A narrative methodology for responding to children and others on the move.  

In 2013, supporting counselling work with refugee children, Ncazelo Ncube created a methodology she called “The Narratives in the suitcase project.” This work drew inspiration from the Suitcase project (Glynis Clacherty, 2004) and combined ideas from Glynis’s work with narrative practice and journey metaphors (see: www.dulwichcentre.com.au/suitcase). The project sought to find out what children’s movements are really about. Children on the move is a term used within Southern Africa to describe children moving for a variety of reasons, voluntary or involuntary, within or between countries, with or without their parents or other primary caregivers, children who have been trafficked, children seeking asylum, children who migrate for economic reasons. Numerous reports exist about the risks that children on the move face during their journeys including inadequate care, economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect, and violence.

Ncazelo’s intentions were to find ways for the neglected stories of the young refugees to be told from their point of view. Ncazelo cared about developing a project that could honour the hopes and dreams of children on the move, and support them being connected to what might be most  important to them such as their loved ones, their skills, knowledges and values. The project also was developed with the hope of opening up new possibilities for the young people and supporting those providing counselling services to children on the move to find meaning and derive hope in their work.

Narratives In The Suitcase Project is suitable for people who are interested in creative therapies and working with journey metaphors in counselling contexts. Although the methodology was initially developed to respond to children on the move, it has been successfully used with other people who have had to relocate for different reasons. The training involves:

  • Unpacking experiences of counselling work with people on the move
  • Working with metaphors in therapeutic contexts; and particularly focusing on journey metaphors
  • Five steps of the Narratives in the suitcase project

This training is designed for people who have been introduced to the Narrative Worldview, although all are welcome to attend.  This workshop is offered In conjunction with The Tree of Life on April 2nd, but may be taken alone.  By registering for both the Tree of Life and the Suitcase Project, you will receive a discount of $25.00.  You can learn more about and register for The Tree of LIfe 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: $100
  • Students/seniors registration fee: $70
  • When also registered for "Tree of Life" on April 2, 2021: $75.00

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 4.5 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.
  • Breaks:  Two 15 minutes breaks are 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.