International Training Program:
Narrative Approaches to Therapy and Community Work
This practice-based program is currently underway. It has been designed for practitioners from a range of countries. For many years, we have had requests for internships and other ways in which practitioners can undergo extended training here at Dulwich Centre. This international program is the way in which we are trying to respond to these requests.
Previous participants have come from the following countries: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, New Zealand, Israel, USA, Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Iceland, Finland, Ireland, and Australia.
Dulwich Centre Faculty
This program will be taught by an International Dulwich Centre Faculty including Jill Freedman, David Epston, Lorraine Hedtke, Carolyn Markey, John Winslade, Sekneh Beckett, David Denborough, David Newman, Cheryl White, Jane Hutton, Sue Mitchell, Angel Yuen, and Chris Dolman. Guest teachers are sometimes also invited to give short workshops. Cheryl White is the coordinator of this program.
About the program
This International Training Program: Narrative Approaches to Therapy and Community Work will run for approximately 12 months. This training program is our most intensive and most rigorous. Its emphasis is on skills development.
The international program will consist of:
- Six one-week intensive training workshops (3 blocks of two weeks)
- Consultation of audio and/or video tapes of participants work to assist in engaging with the micro-maps of narrative practice
- Regular structured reading program
- Regular structured writing program to relate readings back to one's practice
- E-list to remain in contact with faculty and participants throughout the year
- Personal contact with faculty at regular times throughout the year
- A context to create a written project on an area of one's work of a standard suitable to publish in an international journal
- A context to create an oral presentation on an aspect of one's work of a standard suitable to present at an international conference
Through the structures of the course, we will also create a generative and supportive context for the exploration of participants' own ideas and work practices, and a chance to build significant and ongoing connections and relationships with other practitioners around the world. In our first four international programs, we have taken about 30 participants and found this to be an excellent size as it enables a diversity of people in the group and considerable energy and enthusiasm to build both during the teaching blocks and in between times.
The year's tuition is divided into three separate blocks. Between these teaching blocks, participants stay in touch via email (and participants will be expected to phone their tutors/faculty at arranged times at least once between each block). Between teaching blocks, participants will also be involved with course reading, and completing various assignments including taped interviews, presentations of work, and written papers. Previous participants have said that it is quite a demanding and rigorous course and that their practice improved markedly as a result.
As we have mentioned previously, the course will be practice-based with an emphasis placed on participants writing up and presenting their own work. We would hope that by the completion of the course, participants would be able to confidently present at conferences and prepare papers for publication in international journals. Completion of the course will result in the awarding of a Postgraduate Diploma in Narrative Approaches to Therapy and Community Work.
September 12 – 23 2011
Monday – Friday both weeks
March 12 – 23 2012
Monday – Friday both weeks
September 3 – 13 2012
Monday – Friday (first week)
Sunday – Thursday (second week)
Requirements for entry into the program
There will be a strictly limited number of places available in the training program, so a selection process will be necessary. The process will be based upon judging the relevance of the training program to the work applicants are doing, and the scope for applicants to apply the ideas in their work context. An interviewing process will take place in relation to this selection process.
The following are the requirements for entry into the program:
- Participants will need to be working in a position in which they will be able to practice and apply the ideas covered by the training course.
- Participants will need to have already completed at least a one week intensive in narrative therapy (or its equivalent). If you have any doubts about whether you have done sufficient training, please contact us as there are some options about ways of making this up prior to the commencement of the course.
Participants will need to have an active email address and internet access.
All tuition fees will need to be paid prior to the beginning of the course.
The tuition fees for this program are AUD $7950