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Narrative Therapy Initiative


Narrative Therapy Initiative 
Narrative Therapy Initiative 

Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo: A Series

Join Us For One, Any Two or all Three! 

Tree of Life
Monday April 25th, 2022 - 11am to 6pm EST

Thursday May 5th, 2022 - 11am to 6pm EST

Suitcase Project
Friday July 29th, 2022 - 11am to 4pm EST 


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.  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.

Children on the move could include migrants, refugees or anyone experiencing displacement. The training is also appropriate for anyone meeting with people experiencing transitions in their lives with careers, life stages and other life transitions.
Important Suitcase principles covered in this training include: 

Important Suitcase principles covered in this training include:

  • Unpacking counselling work with people experiencing hardship, displacement or other life transitions
  • Working with metaphors in therapeutic contexts; and particularly focusing on journey metaphors
  • Five steps of the Narratives in the suitcase project

Each 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. 

Registration Fees:
  • Any 1 Workshop $125 or $75 Senior/Student Rate
  • Any 2 Workshops $225 or $150 Senior/Student Rate
  • All 3 Workshops $$318.75 or $225 Senior/Student Rate

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 for TOL and COURRAGE and 4.5 CEUs for LMFTs and LICSWs/LCSWs for Suitcase.  If you need LMHC or Psychologist CEUs, we will gladly provide program information to apply on your own.  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.
  • Questions? Email NTI at narrativetherapyinitiative@gmail.com.


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 nearly 20 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.