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  • Foundational Ideas and Narrative Practice

    Welcome  . . .  Your curated course discussing a few of the Foundational Ideas of Narrative Practice introduces the ideas of Gregory Bateson, second order cybernetics, and Michel Foucault (whew!). You’d best get started and – we humbly suggest that you come back to this course – over and over again.

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  • Introducing Key Narrative Therapy Practices

    17 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT figured we’d just throw you into the deep end with this curated introduction to a few key narrative therapy practices. Hoping we guide both the advanced and new leaner towards understanding the beauty, difference, and craft within the practice and it’s theoretical history

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  • Demonstrations of Externalizing, Unique Outcomes and Re-authoring

    11 Lessons

    Welcome . . . The introduction to Demonstrations of Externalizing, Unique Outcomes and Re-authoring course was curated for those of you who wish to study what you’ve been learning so far about the practice of narrative therapy. These sessions are by no means perfect – as none of them ever really are

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  • Therapeutic Questions in Narrative Therapy

    Welcome . . . Now comes the fun part. Therapeutic Questions in Narrative Therapy is a VSNT curated course designed to bring you into the heart of narrative practice. We present you with the theoretical underpinnings that guide our questions and offer you handouts and readings to explore. Buckle up for a nice adventure forward.

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  • Ethics and Poststructuralism

    Welcome . . . VSNT curated this hefty course on Ethics and Poststructuralist theory in order to highlight the beauty and difference within the political, theoretical and ethical foundations of narrative therapy practice

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  • Special topics in Narrative Therapy practice

    8 Lessons

    Welcome . . . This particular special topics in Narrative Therapy course includes some of the work of Jill Freedman and discusses practice ideas like the absent but implicit, and the theoretical implications of deconstruction and discourse on practice.

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  • Ethics, trauma and violence with Alan Jenkins

    8 Lessons

    Welcome . . . the ethics, trauma and violence course featuring the work of Alan Jenkins is testament to the deep respect VSNT holds for his practice.

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  • Trauma, violence and abuse with Johnella Bird and Alan Wade

    10 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT’s curated course on trauma, violence and abuse begins with highlighting the ideas and practices of New Zealand therapist Johnella Bird and Canadian therapist Alan Wade. Arguably two of the finest therapists the world has to offer in this area of work

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  • Grief, Loss and Hope

    7 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT curated the Grief, Loss and Hope course to feature the beginnings of Lorraine Hedtke and John Winslade’s remembering work. The discussion introduces how they began to reconsider grief psychology and – revolutionized a new practice of therapy.

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  • Children, youth and families

    17 Lessons

    Welcome . . . It could be argued that many of narrative’s original practice ideas were born out of David Epston and Michael White’s novel work with children, youth and families. It might also be argued that most of us fell in love with narrative ideas watching onto discussions of this practice.

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  • Interviewing Children and Families in Therapy

    7 Lessonsin

    VSNT curated this course to show you a simple demonstration of working with children and families and to bring you inside a close up interview with Stephen Madigan about why he is doing what he is doing in the narrative therapy interview. 

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  • Live demonstrations: children, youth and families

    12 Lessons

    Welcome . . . Beginning with David Epston and Stephen Madigan, VSNT starts you off with a few curated ‘live’ children, youth and family demonstrations. Over time, live session narrative therapy work from a wide variety of therapists will be highlighted.

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  • Race, Class and Gender

    13 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT cannot emphasize enough the central importance discussions on Race, Class and Gender have had on the development, politic, and ideology of narrative therapy practice. VSNT curated this course as a ‘first step’ in guiding ourselves towards a much better understanding and accountability of this learning experience.

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  • Special Topics on Grief, Loss and Hope

    7 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT highlights a workshop introduction with Lorraine Hedtke and Helene Grau Kristensen’s exploring their ideas and novel practices of working with couples and families who have experienced the the death of child. Take special note of their questions

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  • Cultural locations of identity formation

    7 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT curated the course to offer up an alternative explanation of identity formation with the help of race, queer and feminist ideas. Alternative ideas about identity formation are discussed and how these ideas differ from those located in a more dominant western understanding of identity.

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  • Anti-anorexia/bulimia

    11 Lessons

    Welcome . . . The Anti-anorexia/bulimia course is dear to our hearts and curated to provide an introduction into the terrifying practices of the problem and – the counter-practices of narrative therapy. You are introduced to a few members of the infamous of the Vancouver Anti-anorexia League.

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  • Live demonstrations: Anti-anorexia/bulimia

    13 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT starts your practice learning off with excerpts from two ‘live’ Anti-anorexia/bulimia practice sessions with Stephen Madigan, and David Epston’s 2004 Anti-anorexic session transcript analysis.

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  • Queer informed narrative therapy practice

    8 Lessons

    Welcome . . . VSNT’s Queer informed narrative therapy course is curated to begin laying out our presenters sets of rigorous critical practices that seek to complicate hegemonic assumptions about the continuities between anatomical sex, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual object choice, and sexual practice.

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  • Neoliberalism

    12 Lessonsin

    Welcome . . . VSNT curated this key theoretical course on Neoliberalism and it practices to bring you up to date with narrative therapies current theoretical learning interest. We humbly suggest you try to re-visit the course and – bring along your colleagues who are members.

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  • Violence and Trauma

    10 Lessons

    Welcome . . . This particular trauma, abuse and violence course was curated to highlight the collective work of therapists who reveal uniquely different practices. What they do seem to share in common are certain ethical positions. The learner is left resting on a symphony of ethics and a complexity of practice questions to consider.

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  • Therapeutic Letter Writing

    6 Lessons

    Welcome . . . Shazam! With the curation of this introduction to Therapeutic Letter Writing course, VSNT dips your toes inside the creative sparkle and imagination often found in many forms of therapeutic documents and letter writing

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  • Establishing Leagues, Peer Solidarity Groups and Communities of Concern

    2 Lessons

    Radical in its philosophy, Stephen Madigan helped create the Vancouver Anti-Anorexia/Bulimia League. The Leagues mandate was to hold accountable those professional and consumer systems that knowingly reduce women with “eating disorders” dependent and marginalized. Dependency and marginalization occurs through practices of pathological classification; long-term hospitalization; over medication; funding shortages; lack of community support programs; and…

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