Narrative Therapy Workshops & Advanced Training

1a)  5-Day Narrative Therapy Certificate Workshop

Intensive narrative therapy certificate immersion course touching on all the finer aspects of the theory and practice. Diverse therapeutic topics from diverse VSNT faculty. Faculty include:

Faculty: Rosa Arteaga, Lorraine Hedtke, Stephen Madigan, David Marsten, Todd May, Aaron Munro & David Nylund

The Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association awards 30 CE credits for this VSNT certificate training.

Taught twice yearly in Vancouver, Canada. This course Always Sells Out! See faculty and registration at

1b) 3-day Intermediate Level  Narrative Therapy Certificate Workshop. With Stephen Madigan PhD and David Nylund PhD.

Participants learn the practice of the practice involved with narrative therapy interviewing. Participants are immersed in discovering the  7 most important ideas for listening in narrative interviewing and – how this skill relates to therapeutic questions. The practice is painstakingly analyzed, unravelled and understood through live sessions and recent tapes. The Vancouver School’s unique practice of working with communities of concern and therapeutic letter writing campaigns are demonstrated and highlighted.See faculty and registration at

1c) 4-day Advanced Practice Workshop

Stephen teaches this 4 day course alongside David Epston. Stephen and David use live session interviewing (in addition to an up close microanalysis of his therapy sessions captured on DVD) to teach participant therapists how to practice narrative therapy with a wide range of therapeutic issues. (please see references). See faculty and registration at

1d) Monthly Narrative Supervision Groups

Stephen Madigan supervises 2 small groups of ten advance practice therapists. Three Friday and/or Saturdays and 3 individual sessions. Session now FULL. See faculty and registration at

Madigan’s Workshop Topics specific to Narrative Therapy Theory and Practice:

  • Narrative Therapy with Couples – externalizing relationships in relationship counselling (talk covers discussions on separation, sex, power relations, gender training, trauma, time, children, same sex)
  • Narrative Therapy with children and youth
  • Narrative Therapy with persons struggling with depression, anxiety, fear and less-than-worthiness (DVD example of 6 sessions over 6 weeks)
  • Slim Chance: Undermining anorexia, bulimia and compelling eating with Narrative Therapy (DVD interviews with clients, consultant insider tapes, families and consultant tapes with the infamous Anti-anorexia League)
  • Narrative Therapy with persons struggling with intimate violence and trauma
  • Narrative Therapy questions: working with students, therapists and organizations

Please contact Lara at for the course schedule and references from city agencies/university groups etc. who have sponsored his workshops and training.

Faculty: Lorraine Hedtke, Stephen Madigan, David Marsten and David Nylund

Mission: To teach, translate and guide the participant learner towards more robust understandings in the study, craft and development of therapeutic questions and – the lost art of therapeutic letter writing.

Description: Developing questions (and writing therapeutic letters) works through a form of discovery learning – a powerful narrative therapy supervision practice developed by VSNT’s Stephen Madigan and David Nylund.

Purpose: To study the re-authoring questions and counter-story practices of Michael White and – supervise participants towards developing their own unique crafting of therapeutic questions and therapeutic letters.

Questions & Letters: The 4-day intensive advanced certificate course explores the art of creating therapeutic questions and letters through ongoing up close live counter-story interviewing with Lorraine, David, David & Stephen.

Learning: Participants learn to identify, discuss and practice the grammar, politic, temporality, direction, purpose and creativity behind therapeutic questions and practices of the written word within their own work.

The Discovery Learning workshop is voted ‘best workshop’ year after year by VSNT participants.