Upcoming Events & Trainings

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

Narrative Therapy in Practice

Dates: Saturday, August 8, & Sunday, August 9, 2020

Time: 10 am to 5 pm Eastern
Location: Online via Zoom

Maximum participants: 30
Instructors: Suzanne Gazzolo, PhD, LCPC, and Matt Mooney, LICSW
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 to discuss your previous experience with narrative therapy. To ensure maximum participant engagement in the online format, this course is limited to 30 participants.

Click here for details and to register.

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: Online via zoom/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
Location: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this training is scheduled to be fully online.

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 full-day online weekend meetings:


  • 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 weekend 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 NTI 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.

Download a flyer about this training.


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