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Narrative Therapy: Social Justice in Helping Contexts

Jun 18, 2016 9:00 am -
Jun 18, 2016 4:30 pm

Event Description

It can be argued the history of the helping professions has been complicit with social injustices carried through cultural norms.  Grounded in a poststructuralist perspective, narrative therapy accepts professionals cannot be neutral in their therapeutic conversations. This approach begins with questions about power in therapy contexts, and the implications of those considerations for practice. This program will introduce the ethics, assumptions, and general practice domains for what has come to be referred to a “narrative therapy. In addition, participants will see an example of narrative therapy in practice and learn through small group exercises.

Learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the difference between normative and narrative worldview

  2. Explain the stance of the narrative therapist

  3. Describe the dual landscapes of narrative therapy, which include deconstructing and re-authoring

The Program Agenda

9:00 – 10:30                            Narrative and Normative World-Views

10:30 – 10:45                          Break

10:45 – 12:00                          De-Centered and Influential

12:00 –1:00                             Lunch

1:00 - 2:30                               Deconstruction with Exercise

2:30 - 2:45                               Break

2:45 – 3:30                              Re-Authoring with Exercise

3:30 – 4:30                              Open Dialogue and Closing

Program Code: NT60

6 CE Credits | Fee: $135


Stephen Gaddis, PhD, teaches and practices post-structural narrative therapies. He earned his doctorate in family therapy from Syracuse University and has taught at numerous universities and colleges throughout the Northeast. He currently teaches narrative therapy at Salem State University and Boston College. Stephen and his family spent a year in New Zealand, where he taught in a masters level counseling program that is known internationally for its leadership in feminist post-structural theory and narrative therapy. He also spent a year completing a postgraduate training certificate in narrative therapy with Michael White in Adelaide, Australia. He has led trainings around the world on various issues related to narrative therapy, including Norway, South Africa, New Zealand, and Canada. He has published papers in national and international journals. Stephen currently directs the Narrative Therapy Initiative at The Salem Center for Therapy, Training, and Research.

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Innovators - Clinical Practice
Early registration ends on Mar 23, 2016.
Regular registration starts on Mar 24, 2016 and ends on Jun 07, 2016.
Late registration starts on Jun 08, 2016.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Graduate Students, General Public, Other Professionals (No CE Credits)
Member Fee: $67.50$67.50$67.50
Non-Member Fee: $67.50$67.50$67.50
 Narrative Therapy: Social Justice in Helping Contexts
Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00
Non-Member Fee: $135.00$135.00$135.00

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