JST INSTITUTE, home of Journal of Systemic Therapies, is a threshold to training and education in Brief Narrative Therapy that is located within social justice principles and practices. 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 in people.
The Institute strives to support practitioners through accessible, enriched training and education, consultation and community initiatives. The practices of Brief Narrative Therapy are particularly applicable when increasing access to mental health services through walk-in-clinics, single session therapy, brief services or, longer term environments. These practices are also beneficial when facilitating organizational change and innovation, working with communities experiencing hardship or providing services that aims to collaborate with people to get the help they need when they need it. Our training and education includes workshops, courses, conferences and publications. You can attend training at our venue or through online sessions. We can also take our training and consultation to your organization, tailored to meet your hopes and needs.
The Journal of Systemic Therapies has been publishing and disseminating collaborative, client-centered ideas and practices of academic scholars and practitioners worldwide since 1981.
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.
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.
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.
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.