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.
In the News...
Saturday, June 4th, 2022, Jim Duvall was the guest speaker at the OLLU's Life Changing Conversations annual conference.
Life Changing Conversations is an opportunity for thinkers to gather and discuss the work and impact of postmodern practices in the field of therapy and beyond.
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.
MSW, Clinical Director, Pathways for Children, Youth and Families
May 20 & 21, 2022 Workshop
Our workshop on Narrative Practices and Neurobiology: Intersections that refine, expand, and optimize therapeutic possibilities was a big success. We enjoyed collaborating with Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Ph. D. to present innovative ideas for clinicians. Stay tuned for more training opportunities!
Dulwich Centre Foundation
Jim's Meet the Author session, Narrative Practices as a 3-Act Play, on April 26th, 2022 with Dulwich Centre Foundation in Adelaide, Australia via Zoom was very enjoyable! For more on the Dulwich Centre's activities, visit https://dulwichcentre.com.au/
April 22 & 23, 2022 Workshop
Thank you to all who participated in our workshop, A Comprehensive Introduction to Brief Narrative Therapy: key assumptions, operating principles, ethical practices.
Paul Watzlawick’s 100th year celebration
It was an honor to be invited by Andrea Köhler-Ludescher, who is Paul Watzlawick’s grandniece, to contribute to his 100th year celebration. Click here to visit the blog.