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 organization's culture.

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"Keeping Faith: A Conversation with Michael White"

Journeys in Brief Narrative Therapy:
An introduction to the philosophy,

key ideas and practices.

This introductory workshop serves as a threshold for those practitioners interested in the ongoing study of the key ideas and time sensitive practices of brief narrative therapy. Brief narrative therapy introduces the idea that our lives are made up of multiple experiences that can be strung together into many possible stories.  Stories make it possible for people to make sense of their life experiences. When people enter into therapy, they are often captured up in problem saturated, self-demeaning, restricting stories that contribute to a sense of personal failure. This workshop will introduce participants to the propositions associated with the narrative metaphor and will invite them to explore the practices of narrative therapy that help people to challenge and break free of problem saturated stories and assist them to explore subordinated "identity stories" that offer new possibilities for their lives.

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Anti-racism position statement

The Journal of Systemic Therapies stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Black communities on addressing racial injustice, systemic racism, and criminal justice reform... more....

Training at your organization

Tailored to create hope, possibility and purpose. 

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5-day CERTIFICATE Training Program:

Immerse yourself in the time-sensitive

transformative practices of

Brief Narrative Therapy

This five-day intensive training program offers a thorough journey through the ideas and practices of Brief Narrative Therapy. Time-sensitive narrative approaches have considerably altered the course of therapy. How brief narrative therapists view their role and the process of therapy departs radically from traditional therapeutic approaches. When therapy is restructured within a time-sensitive narrative context, lives and relationships are re-authored and transformed. For therapists and the people consulting them, therapy becomes an opportunity to challenge oppressive "problem saturated" stories about life and experience. Separation from these old life stories opens space for subordinate stories and more inspiring possibilities to emerge.

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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.