On-Demand Workshops

Narrative Therapy

Tools for Exploring Stories

$129.00
4.5

Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)

We are all influenced by stories. In some of these stories, we are active players; other stories are thrust upon us. When problems occur (as they inevitably do), “problem stories” have a tendency to overshadow other stories. A narrative counselling framework seeks to explore the numerous stories that shape and influence identity, problems, and preferred directions in life. Narrative therapy has been found to be a useful approach to many problems such as addictions, trauma, and mental health concerns. In addition, it also works well with diverse populations and age groups. This interactive workshop will provide participants with the tools and processes to begin using narrative frameworks with their clients.

Trainer: John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Identify issues shaping one’s identity and story(s)
  • Separate the person from the problem(s)
  • Develop questions to explore preferred identity and the influence of problems
  • Engage a support network to better develop the preferred self
  • Practice strategies within a narrative framework

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Key Concepts and Guiding Principles
  • What Makes a Good Question
  • The Art of Question Development
  • Considerations Around Note Taking
  • The Intertwining of Assessment and Intervention
  • Getting to Know the Problem
  • Highlighting the Preferred Narrative
  • Exploring Supports
  • The Role of Letter Writing
  • Challenges and Critiques of Narrative Therapy

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone wanting to gain increased capacity in counselling skills.

Trainer: John Koop Harder

MSW, RSW

John has been working as a therapist and trainer for over 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a contributing author of our Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships books. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences. Read blogs written by John here.

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