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Creating hope, possibility and purpose

stepping stonesJST INSTITUTE is a threshold to training and education in Brief Narrative Therapy, integrating therapeutic ideas and practices with social justice values and principles. It is also the home of the Journal of Systemic Therapies, which has been publishing collaborative, client-centered ideas and practices worldwide since 1981. Grounded in practice-based evidence, our approach privileges people’s local knowledge with an emphasis on abilities rather than deficits, possibilities rather than limitations and what is strong, rather than what is wrong with people.

As competency-oriented practices, the principles of Brief Therapy and Narrative Therapy are highly effective when improving access to mental health services through walk-in clinics, single session therapy, brief services or longer-term environments. They are also beneficial when facilitating organizational change and innovation, working with communities experiencing hardship or for any service that aims to provide people with the support they need in a timely manner. Our training and education include workshops, certificate programs, online courses, conferences, and publications. You can attend training at our venue or we can take training and consultation to your organization, tailored to meet your hopes and needs, enriching and energizing your culture.

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"Keeping Faith: A Conversation with Michael White"

Jim Duvall is a superb teacher, trainer and mentor and when you take a seminar with him, prepare to experience a paradigm shift.  Jim uses humor, metaphor and clinical cases (stories) that not only bring the theoretical material to life but actually helps the trainee remember the ideas and concepts long after the course has ended.

Nancy Webb

MSW, RSW, Psychotherapy, Clinical Consultant

Besides being a consummate educator, making elusive theoretical ideas and clinical skills readily accessible, Jim Duvall has a rare talent for travelling—and helping others to travel—outside familiar therapeutic “boxes” and into landscapes of possibility, innovation, and reward. It’s been a privilege to be associated with this master in his field.

Robert Maclennan

Registered Psychotherapist

The Mark Twain of Narrative Therapy; Jim’s uniquely charismatic style of presenting is like going on an adventure with Huckleberry Finn. His down-to-earth approach is highly engaging, allowing participants to experience a meaningful connection with the practices of collaborative therapy.

Ari Shapero

MSW, RSW, Social Worker

Jim has a gentle humanistic approach and is a master at smoothly integrating various modalities onto a narrative foundation that is gimmick free.

Jim Hill

MSW, Clinical Director, Pathways for Children, Youth and Families

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Journal of Systemic Therapies

JST  welcomes manuscripts addressing

the practice and research of systemic, postmodern and

social constructionist therapy and community work.



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