Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM EDT

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Narrative Therapy Initiative 
Narrative Therapy Initiative 

Authoring Your Life: A Narrative Writing Program

Date: Every Tuesday May 4th - June 8th from 7pm - 9pm; and Saturday June 19th from noon to 4:00pm, EST
Location: Online via Zoom
Instructors: Sarah Beth Hughes and Stephen Gaddis
Maximum participants: 12

We are excited to invite 12 people to join us for a writing program that has been shaped by our passion for narrative ideas, practices, and ethics. Michael White believed that writing can help a person “experience one’s life as progressing.” Both of us have experienced that personally. We’ve also found that unlike anything else writing has helped us know what it can mean to become the primary author of our own lives. We love that writing can be profoundly meaningful and healing, and simultaneously playful and creative. Some of the spirit we intend to bring to this narrative writing program includes tenderness, attunement, intimacy, encouragement, enthusiasm, possibility, irreverence, discovery, and spontaneity.  

We have developed various prompts and exercises to assist you with thickening your stories. You will have chances to share your writings with an appreciate and supportive audience. 

Among other things, we will be inviting you to write about:

  • Your relationship with writing
  • Problems that do not support you
  • What matters to you
  • Your preferred relationship with your “Self”
  • Membership for your preferred club of life

Starting May 4th, we plan to meet every Tuesday night for six weeks from 7pm to 9pm Eastern time. We will have a final gathering and co-witnessing on Saturday, June 19th, from noon to 4pm Eastern time.

This training will be a live, interactive event using the Zoom web conferencing platform. This training will be live streamed but will not be recorded. By registering, you agree to be a participant in a live-streaming event. No segments of this training will be recorded or be made available via video.

Registration Fees:

  • Regular Registration Rate -- $622; a 10% discount is available if paid in full upon registration ($560). 
  • A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration to begin a payment plan.
  • Payment plans are available. 
  • Scholarships -- We are reserving two places for full scholarships. If you do not have the financial means for this program and would like to be considered for a scholarship, please email Darcey at narrativetherapyinitiative@gmail.com by April 14th. We will select two folks randomly and notify them by April 18th. Please also contact Darcey if you would like to discuss payment plan options.

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Presenter Bios:

Sarah Beth Hughes: I live and work in a small hippy town nestled in the mountains of British Columbia. My loving relationship with Narrative Therapy began over 25 years ago, as I worked and travelled with Michael White as the bookseller for Dulwich Centre Publications. I may be wrong on this, but I like to think I have attended more Michael White trainings than anyone else in the world. Well, at least in North America. I have offered workshops on narrative practices in Canada and am part of the board and faculty of Re-Authoring Teaching. I am currently writing a book tentatively called Tender Therapy. It is part memoir, part therapy ideas, and part writing prompts. I am also working with Stephen Gaddis on his book, and we really enjoy and treasure our creative ways of collaborating.

Steve Gaddis, LMFT, PhD, is the founder and director of the Narrative Therapy Initiative (NTI) in Salem, Massachusetts. Steve has studied, practiced, and taught narrative therapy since 1994. He earned his International Postgraduate Diploma in narrative therapy at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, where he studied with Michael White. Steve also spent a year teaching narrative therapy in the graduate school of counseling at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. He has published and presented on narrative therapy nationally and internationally. Currently, Steve has a full-time narrative therapy and supervision practice in Salem, Mass., and he teaches narrative therapy at Boston College as well as independently through the NTI. Steve received his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University.