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Introduction to Narrative Practice

Introduction to Narrative Practice

Date: 6th December 2018

Facilitator: Kath Reid


Workshop Duration:

2 Consecutive days (6 - 7 December 2018)

Workshop Time:

09:30am – 16:30pm (each day)


$420.00 for registration and payment received by 13/11/2018

Full fee: $440.00 including morning tea, all associated handouts and a certificate of attendance.

BYO Lunch

Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

This workshop is suitable for anyone with little knowledge of narrative practice, and/or for those who would like to reinvigorate their knowledge.

This could include case managers, counsellors, youth workers, guidance officers, support workers, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupation therapists, and/or workers from the field of disability, housing, domestic violence, child protection, education, health and mental health.


What is Narrative Practice?

Narrative practice 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.

Workshop Outline:

This 2 day workshop will offer an accessible introduction to key ideas and practices that inform narrative practice. Underpinning values, beliefs and assumptions of the approach will be explored. The workshop will introduce people to the concept of how stories can shape our lives. Narrative practice ideas will come alive with a range of practice stories and live demonstrations. Participants will have a chance to experiment and play with how to define an issue or a problem in a way that separates the person from the problem.

The workshop will be an opportunity to step away from the busyness of our work, to reflect on how we can work with our clients in ways that enable them re-connect with what is important to them, to assist them to step closer to their preferred ways of living (despite the problems they might be facing in their lives).

Workshop Outcomes:

At the completion of the workshop participants will have:

• Identified and explored the key concepts of narrative practice

• Been introduced to defining issues in ways that separates the person from the problem using skills of externalising

• Explored how we position ourselves in the work to centre client’s knowledge

• Refined our listening skills to listen for alternative story lines

• Clarified how to work in conversational partnership with our clients to notice and richly describe positive developments in their lives, to co-construct alternative stories

• Explored ways to notice and celebrate change their therapeutic letter writing and certificates

• Considered the relevance of narrative practice in their own work and explored how these ideas could be applied to make a difference in the lives of the people the work with 

Workshop Format:

2  Consecutive days


What is Narrative Therapy: An easy to read introduction.

Narrative Therapy Responding to your Questions

Testimonials: here is some of the great feedback we received about this event:

  • The presenter was very well researched and delivered well in an unassuming but very knowledgeable approach
  • I really enjoyed the experiential learning, presentations and the useful, practical handouts
  • Kath was great: a knowledgeable, experienced presenter who could explain simply the complex concepts – thank you
  • Fantastic workshop with a engaged group of practitioners and a motivated and passionate leader
  • Thanks so much, I really enjoyed the workshop style, knowledge and experience

Facilitator Bio:

Some of Kath’s therapeutic practice has seen her working with children and young people who have significant trauma and abuse, women reclaiming their lives from domestic violence, families who have experienced state intervention, young women who have experienced sexual violence and women living with the effects of eating issues.  She brings a commitment to contextualize the problems that people face. Kath has enjoyed the challenge of finding creative and collaborative ways of working with children, young people, adults and groups to make more visible their skills and knowledge in the face of some significant problems. Kath has also enjoyed co-creating spaces of learning, to share strengths based and narrative ideas in experiential ways. Read More