Introduction to Narrative Therapy
Introduction to Narrative Therapy - CANCELLED
February 21, 2014
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.| $175
Instructor: Scot Cooper
In this workshop participants will be introduced to the theory and practice of narrative therapy in a clear and accessible way. Narrative therapy draws from an understanding that all people make sense of their experiences by placing them into stories about life and who they are. Problem saturated stories can become limiting, making it difficult for people to know how to proceed. Narrative practice engages people through these stories inviting them into re-tellings in ways that foreground their own skills, initiatives, abilities, intentions, hopes, wishes, values and preferences to address distress and provide a foundation for action.
Together we’ll explore the kind of listening and questioning informed by post-structural and narrative theory that narrative practice is infused with. As narrative therapy views people as separate from problems many hope friendly options for proceeding in life come available that may have been previously overlooked or discounted. Narrative therapy has proven useful in assisting people to address a wide range of problems including diagnosis of depression, anxiety, ADHD, as well as the consequences of trauma. Ideas and practices will be explored through presentation, video review, group discussion and skills practice.
Together we’ll explore:
• the key concepts of narrative therapy
• the post-structural metaphor and how it shapes listening for, and questions about, alternate storylines
• the practice of externalizing problems
• creative ways to document and share change for lasting results