Advanced Applications in Narrative Therapy #1: Externalising Problems and Developing Preferred Identities

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.


‘The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem’ is one of the central tenets of narrative theory and is most vividly expressed through ‘externalising practices’. This non‐pathologising, non‐blaming/shaming approach reflects social constructionist principles ‐ that is that our thoughts, feelings and actions are informed by culture and discourse. This significantly challenges taken for granted ideas about self and identity.

Designed for those who already have some familiarity with narrative ways of working, this one day workshop will explore the social construction of identity and help participants gain skills in the nuances of externalising practice. This will include related topics such as multiple identities, ethics and power relations, talking the talk and the normalising gaze. Both the unpacking of problem saturated stories and the development of preferred ways of being will be addressed.

Exercises, demonstrations and a ‘dialogical approach’ will make for a lively, stimulating and above all useful day.

Who should attend?

Workers providing counselling services who have some familiarity with Narrative Therapy. It is recommended but not a prerequisite to have attended Narrative Therapy Advanced Applications Part 1 before registering in Part 2.