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Folx Tales
Upcoming Events & Trainings

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

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

Dates & Times: Friday January 19, 2024, from 10am to 5pm ET; and then Fridays February 9 & 23, March 8, & April 5, 2024, from 11am to 3:30pm ET

Location: online via Zoom

Instructor: Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Registration Feesplease visit registration page for more details 

The Tree of Life is a hopeful and inspiring approach to working with children, young people, and adults who have experienced challenges and hardships. This methodology was co-developed through a partnership between Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo and David Denborough (Dulwich Centre Foundation). Ncazelo and David initially developed theTree of Life approach to assist colleagues who work with children affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Africa. This approach has proved so successful and popular that it is now being used with children, young people, and adults in a wide range of countries across Africa, and also in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Nepal, the USA, and elsewhere.

 

In this workshop series, Ncazelo explores a variety of topics, from responding to loss and bereavement to working with groups and communities. Thes series begins with an introduction to the Tree of Life, for participants who are not familiar with it. We enjoy offering these workshops a la carte, so students can tailor the experience to their own hopes and needs. 

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4-Day Advanced Tree of Life Intensive: A Narrative Approach to Rescue and Reclaim Preferred Identities

Dates & Times: Monday, February 26, to Wednesday, February 28, 2024, from 10am to 5pm EST, and Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 9am to 5pm EST

Location: online via Zoom

Instructor: Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Registration FeesRegular registration fee: $425, Student/Senior registration fee: $375

Spend four days with Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, the pioneer and co-developer of the Tree of Life, to learn about the history and origins of the Tree of Life approach and learn advanced methods in how Tree of Life can be applied when working with diverse people and groups in a wide range of settings in the provision of mental health services.

The Tree of Life is a hopeful and inspiring approach to working with children, young people, and adults who have experienced challenges and hardships. This methodology was co-developed through a partnership between Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo and David Denborough (Dulwich Centre Foundation). Ncazelo and David initially developed theTree of Life approach to assist colleagues who work with children affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Africa. This approach has proved so successful and popular that it is now being used with children, young people, and adults in a wide range of countries across Africa, and also in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Nepal, the USA, and elsewhere.

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COURRAGE: A Narrative Approach to Responding to People Who Have Suffered Severe Hardships and Trauma

Dates & Times: Tuesday, April 23, & Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET

Location: Online via Zoom AND in person at the NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA

Instructor: Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo

Registration Fees: Regular registration fee: $400, Students/seniors registration fee: $350

NTI is excited to announce a 2-day hybrid training with NTI faculty member Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo, who is known internationally for her narrative community work and will be traveling to Boston! In 1996, Ncazelo co-developed the “Tree of Life” Project to assist African children orphaned by HIV and AIDS. The enthusiastic worldwide response to this narrative-informed project helped Ncazelo step even more fully into an exploration of culturally sensitive counseling services for people who have experienced severe hardships and trauma.

COURRAGE is a collective narrative therapy methodology Ncazelo developed in 2014 in partnership with six women living in informal settlements in northern Johannesburg, South Africa. These women faced significant hardships, and Ncazelo will share how collective narrative work produced stories that feature these women’s strengths, skills, and courage in the face of immense sorrow, trauma, and grief. COURRAGE draws significantly from the work of Linda Tuhiwai Smith (2012) who describes 25 Indigenous projects in her book, Decolonizing Methodologies.

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NTI Folx Tales: A Celebration of the Narrative Worldview

Dates & Times: Thursday, April 25, & Friday, April 26, 2024; 9am to 5pm ET

Location: Non-Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA

Instructor: With Vikki Reynolds, a Steve Gaddis "roundtable," storytellers, artists ... and you!

Registration Fees: For this event, we have decided to adopt a “consensual payment” approach. Please visit the registration page for additional information. 

Please join NTI for a very special 2-day conference featuring Vikki Reynolds and members of our community sharing influential stories of their lives and work!

 

Folx Tales will be a two-day immersion into narrative therapy and community work where attendees will get to live the rich experience of being in narrative conversations while simultaneously developing their narrative skills and preferred ways of bringing the narrative worldview to their lives. 

With this event, NTI is re-imagining what a “professional” conference can be. This gathering is purposefully not shaped by the normative assumption that outsider, “expert” knowledge is inherently more valuable than the diverse local knowledges found right here in our community. Instead, we’re organizing this conference around a key narrative belief: that every community has vast, rich, valuable knowledges that are deeply precious and worthy of sharing. All we need to do is bring our genuine curiosity and willingness to be moved to new, unpredictable places.

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What is Narrative Therapy?

Dates & Times: Friday, May 3, 2024; 10am to 5pm ET

Location: online via Zoom

Instructor: Amy Druker, MSW 

Registration Fee: Early Bird Regular Registration Rate available until 03/01/24 -- $120.00, Regular Registration Rate after 03/01/24 -- $135.00, Student/Senior Registration Rate -- $75.00 

This workshop is for people who are new(er) to narrative therapy and interested in learning (or learning more) about its collaborative, respectful and socially just ways of understanding people and problems. By refusing to locate problems inside of people, and by always seeing problems in the broader cultural context in which these problems were produced, narrative therapy stands against the individualizing and pathologizing of people’s suffering. The intention of this workshop is to offer participants a taste of the politics and ethics that guide narrative therapy practices, and to consider how and in what ways these values and ethics fit and/or don’t fit with their own values, ethics and preferred ways of being in this work.

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Narrative Therapy In Practice  

Dates & Times: Friday, May 31, & Saturday, June 1, 2024; 10am to 5pm ET

Location: online via Zoom

Instructor: Suzanne Gazzolo, PhD, LCPC, and Matt Mooney, LICSW

Registration Fee: $280 for two-day course ($255, when participant completed NTI's "What Is Narrative Therapy?" training)

This two-day training is for people wanting to learn how narrative therapy ideas, informed by poststructuralism, 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 Certificate Program, which begins each fall.

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COURRAGE
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