Friday, January 20, 2023 at 10:00 AM EST
Friday, March 31, 2023 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Narrative Therapy Initiative

Advanced Tree of Life:
A Narrative Approach to Rescue and Reclaim Preferred Identities

Two Options!

The Series: Friday January 20, 2023 from 10:00am to 5:00pm ET; and then Friday February 3, Friday February 24, Friday March 17, Friday March 31, 2023 from 11:00am to 3:30pm ET

The Intensive:  Monday February 13 - Thursday February 16, 2023 from 10:00am to 5:00pm ET 

For costs and more information about each option click the links above or see below.  

Instructor: Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Location: Online via Zoom

We are excited to offer two options to spend time learning with Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, the pioneer and co-developer of Tree of Life.

Tree of Life is a narrative approach developed by Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, in collaboration with David Denborough, that helps people re-connect with their roots, reclaim authorship of their identity and develop rich stories around their hopes, dreams, skills, important relationships and meaningful contributions to others. It has been known to help therapists and people consulting them come out of Stuckness.

Informed by the narrative worldview, Tree of Life is a collaborative and culturally sensitive counselling practice intended to help people speak about their lives in ways that decrease the possibility of therapists inadvertently creating traumatising or re-traumatising effects.  By strengthening people's relationships with their own history, culture and significant people in their lives, Tree of Life helps people find a place to stand in order to think about possible responses to hardships from a different, safe and connected position.

These two advanced training options are targeted for any practitioner who wants to develop in-depth knowledge about the principles and ideas that inform Tree of Life.  Each participant that completes this program will receive a Practitioner Certificate awarded by Ncazelo.  

Both training options will cover:

  • Introduction to and history of Tree of Life and the Imbeleko Approach
  • Tree of Life and responding to loss and bereavement
  • Tree of Life and working with groups and communities
  • Tree of Life and working with couples and families
  • Tree of life and working with teams and organizations

 Participants attending either option will be able to:

  • Root themselves in the history and foundations of the Tree of Life, allowing for practitioners to stay grounded to the ethos of the approach and the principles and narrative ideas that inform Tree of Life.

  • Facilitate Tree of Life as a culturally sensitive therapy with individuals, couples, families, groups and communities across diverse cultural contexts in a wide range of settings in the provision of mental health services.

  • Adapt Tree of Life approach to respond to various mental health and psychosocial challenges such as issues of trauma, abuse, loss and bereavement. 

For costs and information about the Advanced Series option and to register click here.

For costs and information about the Advanced Intensive option and to register click here

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 CEUs for LMFTs with NEAFAST and LICSWs/LCSWs with NASW-MA. Additional information about CEUs can be found by following the links to either training option.  
  • 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 regarding Payment Plans, Tuition Assistance or anything else? 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.