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5-day certificate

March 5, 2022 @ 9:00 am - April 30, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

$500.00 – $850.00

5-day CERTIFICATE Training Program:

Immerse yourself in the time-sensitive transformative practices of


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.

In this training, Jim will discuss and demonstrate certain work practices as “collaborative inquiry.” He will invite you to explore the theoretical, practical, ethical, and personal aspects of a collaborative and storied approach to therapeutic change. The training will introduce participants to practices for co-authoring the stories of people’s lives toward preferred outcomes. Situated in the life-as-story narrative metaphor, such elements as events, plot, identity, theme, interpretation, context, and various novel concepts will be explored. Those concepts will include externalizing conversations, the absent but implicit, getting to know the person away from the problem, therapy as a three-act play, scaffolding conversations, and much more. It will address ethical issues present when engaging in the storytelling/story listening exchange integral to the therapeutic process and everyday life.

During this training, you will experience the confidence gained through time reflecting and trial and error practicing with your brief narrative therapy skills between training sessions.

This program operates for 10 half days (30 CEU hrs) from March to April 2022. Jim will facilitate the exploration of brief narrative practices through clear presentations, digitally recorded examples of narrative therapy sessions, experiential exercises, a comprehensive handout package, and a bibliography that will create a rich training experience. There will be a particular emphasis on (practice-practice-practice) micro-skill development and ways of immediately taking this work into your personal style and “real world” practice wisdom.

This training program will be of interest to counselors, therapists, community workers, psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, consultants, and anyone seeking to work collaboratively with people toward preferred change.

The training will emphasize the following ideas:

  • The social justice worldview that supports time-sensitive practices.

  • The cultural context of those problems that people bring to therapy.

  • The cultural context of therapy itself.

  • Posture with and accountability to those people seeking consultation.

  • The non-neutrality of all therapeutic conversations.

  • Master narratives and the politics of everyday life.

  • Externalizing conversations: the person is not the problem; the problem is the problem.

  • Re-membering conversations: reconsidering the memberships of our lives

  • Understanding storied therapy as a Three-Act Play

  • Loitering with intent and listening for subordinate storylines

  • Creating questions that generate meaning.


Saturday, March 5 / 9 – 4 pm

Saturday, March 19 / 9 -4 pm 

Saturday, April 2 / 9 – 4 pm 

Saturday, April 16/ 9 – 4 pm

Saturday, April 30 / 9 to 4 pm

EARLY BIRD FEE:         $750.00 (USD) must be received by January 15, 2022

REGULAR FEE:             $850.00 (USD)

STUDENT FEE:             $500.00 (USD) Students must be in full-time attendance in a recognized program.

Copy of student card must accompany registration.


Certificate verifying 30 hours of participation completed will be awarded to each participant.


Full refund minus $30.00 cancellation fee until January 15, 2022.

50% refund between January 16 and March 4, 2022.

No refund March 4, 2022 and thereafter.

NOTE: Zoom log-in information will be provided to the email you registered with close to the workshop dates.

Jim Duvall M.Ed.

Jim Duvall is Co-Director of JST Institute and Editor of Journal of Systemic Therapies. His experience as a therapist, consultant, speaker, editor, and author spans over four decades. He has spent over 300 hours studying and collaborating with Michael White in training, writing, and community projects.

Jim is internationally recognized for his practice, research, and innovative development in brief and narrative practices. His work aims to integrate time-sensitive narrative practices within social justice principles.

In addition to numerous articles, book chapters, and two books, Jim co-authored a policy paper (Duvall, J., Young, K., Kays-Burden, A., 2012), No more, no less; Brief mental health services for children and youth. His book (Duvall & Béres, 2011), Innovations in Narrative Therapy: Connecting Practice, Training, and Research. WW Norton & Company is the first book to integrate training and research with narrative therapy, resulting in compelling practice base evidence. The book he co-edited with Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin addresses the intersection of collaborative therapies and neurobiology.

He has provided hundreds of workshops, courses, and keynote presentations with organizations throughout Canada, the US, Australia, Asia, and Europe and is noted for his interactive teaching style. When Jim is not writing or teaching, he can be found playing music with his friends or boating on the Gulf of Mexico with his partner, children, grandchildren, and dog, Banjo.


March 5, 2022 @ 9:00 am
April 30, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
$500.00 – $850.00
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5-day CERTIFICATE Training Program Immerse yourself in the time-sensitive transformative practices of Brief Narrative Therapy
$ 750.00
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5-day CERTIFICATE Training Program Immerse yourself in the time-sensitive transformative practices of Brief Narrative Therapy
$ 500.00