Narrative Training Program


The NTI training program includes a variety of courses that people can take individually or as part of a certificate program. Each course helps participants grow their understandings of the Narrative Worldview and its implications in various helping contexts. The training progression is designed to help people develop their narrative skills through practice, more practice, and more practice. 


Our courses are highly intimate and supportive learning environments. Learning is made available through transcripts, videos, live demonstrations, and experiential exercises. We cannot wait to stand alongside your ongoing interest and commitment to narrative therapy and social justice!

What Is Narrative Therapy? (1 day)

Focus: Narrative Worldview and Practice Examples

Description: This training is for people who are interested in learning about the radically respectful and collaborative approach to helping called “narrative therapy.” You will come away with a rich understanding of the Narrative Worldview and its social justice orientation. Examples of narrative therapy are shared to demonstrate how the worldview can be put into practice. From this day, you will have a good sense of whether pursuing further narrative training is appealing to you.

Offered:  Fall and Spring

Introduction to Narrative Therapy Practices (2.5 Days)

Focus: Externalizing and Re-Authoring Narrative Practice

Description: This training is for people who have decided they are interested in knowing how the Narrative Worldview has been put into practice. In particular, we explore externalizing and re-authoring practices, which constitute the dual landscapes of all narrative work. After an evening online review of the Narrative Worldview, we will spend the next two days immersing ourselves in externalizing and re-authoring practices. Clinical examples and experiential exercises will help support participants’ learning. After this general introduction, you are ready to refine your practice skills through the Intermediate Practice Intensives.

Offered: Summer and Winter

Narrative Practice Intensives (2.5 Days each)

Focus: Four Maps of Narrative Practice

Description: This training is for people who want to further develop their narrative practice. Each Intermediate Intensive focuses on a particular Map of Narrative Practice, including Externalizing, Re-Authoring, Re-Membering, and Outsider Witness Practices. Through experiential learning exercises and follow-up discussions, these intensives assist people to more richly develop their understanding of these practices. Many people repeat these intensives, finding new learnings each time. Completing all four intensives meets requirements for an Intermediate Narrative Practice Certificate, and is a prerequisite for the Advanced Narrative Practice Intensive.

Offered: Fall and Spring

Next Offering: Externalizing Practice Intensive, September 21-23, 2017; learn more here

Narrative Certificate Program (September to May)

Focus: Professional Narrative Identity

Description: This year-long training is for people interested in a rigorous commitment to developing their personal understanding of the Narrative Worldview, including its ethics, and certain practices designed to be congruent with its social justice perspective. The goal of this training is for participants to establish a solid narrative foundation to build their future narrative practice and professional identity. The Certificate Program builds off the four core NTI Practice Intensive courses:  Externalizing, Re-Authoring, Re-Membering, and Outsider Witnessing.  Assignments and exercises are designed to deepen participants' personal understanding of these practices in ways that become their own. Participants are required to identify a particular context in which to practice. This context could be personal and/or professional. What is important is identifying some relationships where participants have permission to help and offer a place to reflect on their efforts. The Certificate Program can be completed fully online except for the final two days in May, when everyone is required to attend the closing ceremony. Completing this Certificate Program qualifies individuals for our one-year Narrative Diploma Program.

Offered: September 2017 through May 2018

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