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Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

Collaboration between Dulwich Centre and University of Melbourne (Department of Social Work)

It's now possible to enrol for 2015

We're now accepting applications for the 2015 Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work!


We are very excited about what this program means for narrative ideas. It’s a practice-based program, with a wide-range of national and international teachers. It’s also been specifically designed to spark continual innovation in the field. The 2014 program is currently underway with participants from Canada, South Africa, Israel, Chile, Tanzania, Singapore, Spain, USA, Ireland, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand, Hong Kong and of course Australia!! We are loving it so far.


We have included below some formal information about the program.

You can also read here Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about the Master in Narrative Therapy and Community Work



The Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work provides formal training and recognition for narrative therapy and is delivered as a joint initiative of The University of Melbourne (Department of Social Work) and Dulwich Centre, Adelaide. The University of Melbourne is one Australia’s leading universities.  




The Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work has been specifically designed to develop participants’ practice-skills, encourage innovation, and enable a rigour in relation to practice-research-theory. It is a University of Melbourne postgraduate specialist qualification consisting of 3 subjects:

        Advanced Narrative Skills Development

        The Art of Narrative Practice

        Narrative Practice and Research Synthesis


The program is delivered through a combination of two face-to-face intensive two-week teaching blocks at the Dulwich Centre (Adelaide) and an on-line program of work. Hence, it is accessible to both local and international students. The first teaching block in 2015 will take place in the last two weeks of March 2015. The second teaching block will take place towards the end of October/beginning of November.

The program provides participants with the flexibility to complete the degree either full-time and over two semesters as a twelve month program, or part-time over four semesters as a 2 year program.



The academic team will consist of leading national and international trainers. The faculty will be drawn from the Dulwich Centre International faculty, (see: www.dulwichcentre.com.au/about-dulwich-centre.html) and the University of Melbourne. 



Those applying to undertake the degree would typically be professionals working with individuals, families or communities who are interested in enhancing their clinical and practice-research skills in narrative therapy and community work. The combination of intensive delivery supported by distance and on-line learning means it is accessible to students across Australia and internationally.



  1. An undergraduate degree in a related discipline; and
  2. Evidence of two years of relevant work experience; and
  3. Evidence of completion of prior narrative therapy studies at Dulwich Centre or equivalent; and
  4. Statement of up to 500 words by the Applicant; and
  5. A professional referee report


Interviews, referee reports or employer references may also be a part of the application process.

Recognition of Prior Learning for those who have completed long-term training programs with Dulwich Centre (International Training Program or Graduate Certificate programs in Hong Kong, Greece or Singapore) means that they are only required to attend one of the intensive teaching blocks in Australia, and to pay reduced fees.



In this subject, students acquire skills in engaging with ten key practice maps of narrative therapy, including externalising, re-authoring, re-membering, definitional ceremony, documentation, absent but implicit, failure conversations map, responding to trauma, engagement with folk culture metaphors (tree of life/team of life/kite of life) and enabling contribution or social action. They also develop skills in analysing and evaluating the effects of their use of these maps of practice and in proposing alternative questions as well as lines of enquiry, in therapeutic and/or collective practice.



Students acquire a working knowledge of the diversity of ways in which narrative practices are being engaged with children, young people and adults as well as with individuals, groups, organisations and communities, in a range of different cultural contexts across the globe. Students are required to analyse developments in the field in relation to their implications for their own practice in their own local cultural context.



Students are challenged to innovate their own forms of narrative practice. Teaching focuses on some of the different methods of innovating that have contributed to new forms of narrative practice, such as co-research, partnerships, cross-cultural invention, folk cultural innovation, synthesis of practice with readings from outside the field, responding to challenges in relation to politics of experience and translations across languages. This involves revisiting some of the social and intellectual histories of narrative practice and drawing on recent international innovations as case studies of innovation. Drawing on these histories and practices of innovation, in the second half of the subject, students are then required to undertake an original piece of practice research, with findings presented in a standard required for publication.


Fees in 2014 were AUD$16,480 for all students and are subject to an annual increase. Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources and the opportunity to attend a public graduation ceremony. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.



FEE-HELP provides interest-free loans to eligible students to help pay part or all of their tuition. For more information: http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/fee-help. FEE-HELP is only available to Australian citizens.



Thanks to the generosity of the Anita Morawetz Trust, a number of scholarships covering part of the tuition fee for this course are available. More information about these scholarships will be available very soon.


You can apply now for this program at: http://www.commercial.unimelb.edu.au/narrativetherapy 

Thanks for your interest in this new program. We are very excited about it!

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