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Contemporary narrative therapy: an immersive experience (CPD73d)

Uncover the importance of questions, curiosity and storytelling in the therapeutic relationship – learning from the pioneers of contemporary narrative therapy.

This immersive training will take you on a journey into contemporary narrative therapy with the pioneers of the approach, David Epston, and his esteemed colleagues Kay Ingamells and Dr Tom Carlson

Over two days, you will explore the fundamentals of narrative therapy, as well as the importance of storytelling and being curious about what constitutes ‘good’ questions in developing the therapeutic relationship. The team will share examples from their practice and invite active involvement through live examples and opportunities to practice the approach. After attending the training, you will feel more confident in utilising the ideas and practices into your work.

Book your place before Friday 21 June 2024 to receive a 20% early bird discount on the standard registration fee.

Aims and learning objectives

By attending this training, you will:

  • learn about the principles and ideas of contemporary narrative therapy from one of the original pioneers of narrative therapy, David Epston, and his team
  • gain practical ‘live’ in-session exposure and demonstration of the ideas in action
  • learn how to use transcripts of sessions as a creative and transformative process
  • explore how the idea of a story and questions can develop the therapeutic relationship

Who is this course for?

This training provides a unique opportunity to learn about contemporary developments in narrative therapy, whether you are new to the approach or already familiar with it. It is suitable for clinicians working with individuals, couples and families, and from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to:

  • social work
  • nursing
  • mental health services
  • systemic psychotherapy
  • counselling psychology
  • psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • clinical psychology
  • educational psychology
  • psychiatry
  • teaching
  • pastoral care
  • occupational therapy
  • art or drama psychotherapy

Course details

This two-day training will run from 9.00am to 5.00pm on both days and will be hosted via Zoom.

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/2Thursday 24 October 20249.00am5.00pm
Session 2/2Friday 25 October 20249.00am5.00pm

The training will consist of a mix of theory and connections to practice – with presentations and live demonstrations of the narrative therapy model in action, interspersed with case vignettes.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

‘Narrative Therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives’ (The Dulwich Centre)

This two-day training will enhance your knowledge and skills in contemporary narrative thinking and practice.

On the first day, the facilitators will share examples from their practice and invite you to think about what classifies as a good story and a good question in narrative therapy.

The second day will explore the use of transcripts of sessions as a way to generate multiple narratives and stories as well as be a transformative process of change – for the clients and for the therapist.

Please note this is a draft programme and is subject to change.

Day 1
24 October 2024, 9 to 5pm (BST)

TimePresenter (s)Activity
9am Kay Ingamells and David EpstonThe story of narrative therapy practice
1pmShila RashidLinking ideas and practices
2pmThomas CarlsonWhat is a good story? Learning narrative therapy backwards
5pmN/AEnd of day 1

Day 2
25 October 2024, 9 to 5pm (BST)

TimePresenter (s)Activity
9am Kay Ingamells and David EpstonLearning how to counterstory
Apprenticeship and an introduction to training through transcripts
2pmThomas CarlsonTraining through transcripts
Reflections on the workshop
5pmN/AEnd of day 2

Course facilitators

Book your place today

A 20% early bird discount is available until Friday 21 June 2024 and will be automatically applied to your booking.

You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instruction.

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Family therapy and student

Systemic psychotherapy (M6)

Face to face
2 years
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