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.
Narrative Therapy in Practice (2 Days)
Focus: Externalizing and Re-authoring Narrative Practice
Description: This skill-based, two-day training is for people interested in learning how narrative therapy ideas are put into practice in therapeutic settings. This course explores 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 this course, you can further your skill development through NTI's Narrative Apprentice Program or Narrative Certificate Program, both of which begin annually each fall.
Narrative Certificate Program (September to May)
Focus: Professional Narrative Identity
Description: The 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. This program includes occassional in-person weekend meetings in Salem, Mass., and weekly online meetings. Completing this Certificate Program qualifies individuals for our one-year Narrative Diploma Program.
Next offering: Registration is NOW CLOSED for our 2020-2021 cohort; learn more here