Upcoming Events & Trainings

Registration is open for the following narrative trainings and programs.​ CEUs are available.

Linking Lives StoryThon
Time: Starting: 12 noon Saturday, May 23, Aukland New Zealand time | 8pm Friday, May 22nd, New York time
Location: Online via Zoom

Maximum participants: unlimited 
Registration Fee: free

For 24 continuous hours, NTI will be hosting small group conversations that span the globe.  We have invited hosts for each hour who are inviting guests they value and would like to have people know about.  The hosts are inviting their guests to share some small story about something meaningful to them at this time.  These conversations will allow the rest of us to be introduced to people we wouldn’t otherwise get to know.  The opportunity to make new relationships and grow new communities is the purpose of this initiative.  


We are imagining these conversation like a gentle small wave that sweeps across the planet.  You are invited to surf on that wave by listening in on these conversations for as much or little as you might want.  The meeting will take place live online via Zoom and will be recorded so people who cannot listen in live can watch in the future.

​​Click here for details and to register.

Click here to view the schedule. 

Narrative Therapy in Practice -- SOLD OUT!

We are looking to add another Narrative Therapy in Practice event this summer. Please email us if you're interested.

Dates: Saturday, June 6, & Sunday, June 7, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm Eastern
Location: Online via Zoom

Maximum participants: 30
Instructors: Stephen Gaddis, PhD, LMFT, and Amy Druker, MSW
Registration Fee: $250

​This is a skill-based, two-day training is for people interested in learning how narrative therapy ideas are put into practice in therapeutic settings. In particular, we explore externalizing practices and skills in the context of deconstructing and re-authoring therapy conversations. Clinical examples and experiential exercises will help support participants’ learning. Participants can expect to learn how narrative practitioners work to help people separate their lives from problems and identify new steps they can take that fit with their hopes and values. After completing this course, you can further your skill development through NTI's Narrative Apprenticeship Program or Narrative Certificate Program, which begin each fall. (See below for details about those two programs.)

To enroll in this course, participants need to have completed NTI's "What Is Narrative Therapy?" workshop or an equivalent introductory training about the Narrative Worldview. If you are unsure if you are eligible, email NTI Director Stephen Gaddis to discuss your previous experience with narrative therapy. To ensure maximum participant engagement in the online format, this course is limited to 30 participants.

This training is sold out.​​

Download a flyer about this training.

Narrative Apprenticeship Program (2020–21)

Dates: September 11, October 9, November 13, & December 11, 2020; January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, & June 11, 2021

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Location: 204 Lafayette St., Salem, MA 

Maximum participants: 9

Instructor: Stephen Gaddis, PhD, LMFT

Tuition: $1,925; 10% discount if paid in full upon registration

​The Narrative Apprenticeship Program (NAP) is an experiential-learning consultation program. A cohort of 9 "apprentices" meets monthly with NTI Director Stephen Gaddis to engage with and grow their understanding of narrative therapy in practice. NAP is designed for people seeking an intimate and supportive learning community where they can explore narrative ways of working in a relaxed environment. The "famous" NTI Breakfast is provided. NTI's one-day "What Is Narrative Therapy?" training, or an equivalent, is required for registration.

​The typical agenda for a NAP meeting is: 

  • 9:00 – 10:30 -- Check-Ins

  • 13:00 – 12:00 -- Narrative group discussions

  • 12:00 – 1:00 -- Lunch

  • 1:00 – 3:00 -- Live demonstrations and practice

​This program is not limited to mental health practitioners. Interested participants should email NTI. Steve will follow up with a phone call to discuss whether the program is a good fit with your particular interests. NAP is limited to 9 participants, and often fills quickly, so sign up early. We are applying for 30 CEUs for social workers and LMFTs. We can assist people in applying for LMHC CEUs.

​​Click here for details and to register.

Narrative Certificate Program (2020–21)

Dates: September 2020 through May 2021

  • In-Person (Salem, MA): Oct. 2–4, Nov. 20–21, Jan. 22–23, March 26–27, and May 21–23

  • Online: small-group weekly meetings; Sunday nights monthly (optional)

Maximum participants: 18

Instructors: Stephen Gaddis, PhD; Suzanne Gazzolo, PhD; Guadalupe Morelos, LICSW; and Matt Mooney, LICSW

Tuition: $3,650; 10% discount if paid in full upon registration; payment plans are available

​This year-long Narrative Certificate Program is for people interested in developing a rigorous personal understanding of the Narrative Worldview and its social justice ethics and practices. The goal of this course is to help participants establish a solid foundation for their professional identity and preferred ways of helping. Drawing from participants' personal and professional lived experiences, the course emphasizes an experiential-learning philosophy and community-building orientation. There is an expectation that participants will have had some formal introduction to the Narrative Worldview prior to the course. NTI's one-day "What Is Narrative Therapy?" and two-day "Narrative Therapy in Practice" trainings, or their equivalent, is required for registration. 

The 2020–21 Certificate Program includes the following in-person meetings in Salem, MA:


  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, October 2–4: Orientation: Relationships & Modern Power

  • Friday & Saturday, Nov. 20–21: Deconstructing (Practice Intensive)

  • Friday & Saturday, Jan. 22–23: Re-Authoring (Practice Intensive)

  • Friday & Saturday, Mar. 26–27: Thickening (Practice Intensive)

  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, May 21–23: Closing Presentations and Ceremony


Our orientation meeting allows us to begin our learning journey in meaningful ways, including an opportunity to learn a bit about what is precious to each of us. If the previous three years are any indication, participants are likely to form very important connections that have a good chance of continuing after the program ends. The three Practice Intensives focus on foundational narrative practices that Michael White developed. These narrative practices include Deconstructing, Re-Authoring, and Thickening, which are all in the service of Rich Story Development. The Closing Ceremony in May is a chance for us to come together and celebrate our year-long commitment to ourselves and our learning community. During this ceremony, you will be invited to present stories about what learnings have been most meaningful for you.

In addition to the in-person meetings, there are weekly online Tuesday night meetings and a monthly online Sunday night meeting. These meetings allow you to meet with individual faculty throughout the year, helping you stay connected to your intentions for learning. The course includes readings and reflection papers, which are desgined to help you story your personal relationship with narrative ideas and practices.

This course is highly experiential, and draws significantly from participants' own lives, personally and professionally. We think learning from our own lives is one of the most powerful ways to know what narrative practices help make possible. This means personal stories are frequently shared. If you are not comfortable sharing stories from your personal or professional life, this course is likely not a good fit for you. To be clear, we don’t expect anyone to share anything they prefer to keep private.

To ensure potential participants are informed about the various expectations and hopes associated with this course, we require interested participants to complete a short application. A NTI faculty member will follow up with a phone conversation to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have. A decision will then be made about whether your hopes and the course expectations seem like a good fit. Email Stephen Gaddis to request an application.

If you decide to join us, you will be a member of the fourth NTI Certificate cohort. In addition to learning about narrative ideas and practices, participants develop a precious community and powerfully meaningful relationships around shared values. We are deeply heartened by relationships with people like you who recognize the responsibility that comes with the privilege of offering someone help. 

Click here for details and to register.


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