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12th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference 

Adelaide, Australia 10-12 November 2014

 We hope to see you at our next conference to be held in Adelaide from 10-12 November 2014!

Early-bird registrations are now open for the 12th International Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference! The aim of these conferences is to extend the field (not simply confirm what is already known). This conference will feature presentations from Zimbabwe/South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, UK and across Australia from remote communities to the big cities.

Special sessions will describe:

  • work with asylum seekers and refugees
  • with women who have been subject to violence
  • with children who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses
  • with families who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • as well as work within schools and psychiatric settings.

The use of artistic documentation will be showcased by Aboriginal practitioners/artists.

And presentations will also consider alternative narratives of disability.

Well-known overseas therapists and  teachers (including Jill Freedman, David Epston, Ncazelo Ncube and Mark Hayward) will join Dulwich Centre Faculty members and a whole host of new presenters.

We will also launch the International Narrative Practice Research Network!

And there’ll be plenty of musical adventures as well.

We hope you will join us from the 10th-12th November 2014 here in Adelaide. We’re holding the conference in a beautiful venue which only has limited space available. Early-bird rates are available until June 30!

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Previous conferences have been held in Australia, Hong Kong (China), Kristiansand (Norway), Atlanta (USA), Liverpool (UK), Oaxaca (Mexico).



  • Our conferences are organised as ‘community events’ that seek to be congruent with the key principles of narrative practice. Some of our aims include:
  • To provide high quality presentations on the latest thinking and application of narrative ideas and to do so in ways that enable people of differing experience to be both engaged and challenged

  • To enable people of different cultures, countries, genders, ages, class backgrounds, physical abilities, and sexual identities to come together, enjoy each other’s company, and have a sense that the conference program and processes include their perspectives, hopes, and ideas

  • To use the conference as a chance to acknowledge and come to terms with the history of the land on which it is held

  • To create an atmosphere that is non-hierarchical, with no pronounced difference between presenters and participants

  • To provide a forum for conversations that are expanding the field (not confirming it or simply reiterating what is already known).