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A 3-Day Intensive Certificate Training Program

May 17, 2018 - May 19, 2018

$95.00 – $360.00

Learning & Doing Brief Narrative Therapy:

Single-session, walk-in clinics & briefer therapy

Karen Young & Jim Duvall

3-day Registration Cost:

Super Early Bird Rate: $230 (by 3/15/18)

Early Bird Rate: $300 (by 4/15/18)

Regular Rate: $360

STUDENT 3-day Rate:

Super Early Bird Rate: $180 (by 3/15/18)
Regular Student Rate: $270.00

1-day Only Registration Cost:

Super Early Bird Rate: $85 (by 3/15/18)

Early Bird Rate: $110 (by 4/15/18)

Regular Rate: $125

STUDENT 1-day Only Rate:

Super Early Bird Rate $70 (by 3/15/18)
Regular Student Rate: $95


10% discount available at check out for groups of 5 or more.

For Military Discount or Student Work Scholarship, please email inquiry to


Venue: Zion Retreat Center, 6910 Yucca Drive, Galveston, TX 77551


just…time-sensitive…possibility focused

 A 3-day skill-focused CERTIFICATE program

About the workshop:

In this interactive training experience Karen and Jim will introduce participants to the robust overarching philosophy of Brief Narrative Therapy that guides practices for creating collaborative, timely, accessible and consumer-driven services. These practices make it possible to maximize every therapeutic encounter and are useful when addressing service gaps; increased demand for services and daunting wait lists.

Karen and Jim will make clear the complexities and the many uses of Brief Narrative practices in your work. You will learn how to infuse your conversations with curiosity and questions that invite people to get in touch with their strongly held values and commitments, as well as their knowledge and skills. These generative questions create scaffolding or, steps that make it possible for people to move toward new understandings that open up an expanded range of possibilities. As well as these, and many other skills, Jim and Karen will share storyline frameworks and conversational maps that can be taken into therapeutic conversations in brief, single session, walk-in, or longer-term therapeutic environments and that are useful in any setting. Clear and specific connections between these concepts and how to put them to work in therapeutic practice will be described.

This interactive training experience will be engaging and energizing. With an emphasis on hands on (practice-practice-practice) skill development, there will be numerous opportunities to rehearse skills and abilities through practice based exercises. Presentation of innovative theoretical concepts, recorded examples of sessions, skill building exercises, and comprehensive training handouts will be used to provide you with a rich training experience in Brief Narrative practices.


Participants will learn:

  • Ways to maximize every therapeutic encounter.
  • To have conversations that emphasise people’s possibilities rather than their limitations and their abilities rather than their deficits.
  • To use invitational questions that will energize your conversations with people and make it possible for them to reconnect with their strongly held values and commitments.
  • To construct questions that facilitate novel, outside of the usual conversations about the problems people are struggling with
  • To elicit and expand people’s subordinate storylines of competence.
  • Ways to employ conversational maps that serve to scaffold the therapeutic conversation toward possibilities and preferred changes and realities.
  • To use critically reflective practices to constantly improve your work.
  • How to develop a person-centered, culturally accountable and ethically based therapeutic practice.
  • Ways in which interpersonal neurobiology supports these practices
  • New ideas and skills that you will be able to take into your practice immediately.


Jim Duvall is the Co-Director and co-founder of JST INSTITUTE. He has over three and a half decades of experience as an educator, trainer, consultant and author. Jim is recognized for his practice and research involvement in brief and narrative practices. His work emphasizes collaborating with people within their social context, often working with them to break free from the constraints of master narratives, while integrating therapeutic practices within a philosophy of social justice. He has served as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Systemic Therapies for over 10 years. He is Co-Founder and previous Co-Director, along with Karen Young, of the Windz Institute, which operates in Oakville, Ontario. Previously Jim served for over 20 years as the Director of Training and Education at Hincks-Dellcrest Institute in Toronto, Ontario and previous Director of Brief Therapy Training Centres-International. Jim has spent over 200 hours studying and collaborating in training, writing and community projects with Michael White.

Karen Young is the Director of the Windz Institute, operated by ROCK, Reach Out Centre for Kids’ Centre of Learning. She is an institute faculty teaching many of the Windz workshops and certificate programs. She provides supervision to interns, organizes and designs training, oversees research projects, and for over 14 years has supervised and provided single session therapy at the ROCK walk-in therapy clinic. Karen has provided consultation and clinical training to many organizations in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally regarding re-structuring service pathways to include brief services such as walk-in clinics. She has been teaching narrative and brief narrative therapy for over 25 years and is a therapist with 30 years of experience working with children and families.


JST INSTITUTE is an approved provider of CEUs for Social Workers (Texas States Board of Social Work Examiners), Professional Counselors (Texas State Board of Examiner of Professional Counselors) and Marriage & Family Therapists (Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists).

Cancellation Policy: JST INSTITUTE reserves the right to cancel training events due to under-enrolment, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a training event is canceled, JST INSTITUTE is responsible for refunding only the registration fee payment. For a refund, a notice of cancellation must be received in writing 14 days prior to the workshop date. After that time a credit may be issued, which may be applied to a future workshop of similar value. This credit must be used within one year of the date of issue. An administration fee of $40 will be charged for cancellations. We are not able to offer a credit if you do not notify us by the day of the workshop.


May 17, 2018
May 19, 2018
$95.00 – $360.00
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Zion Retreat Center, 6910 Yucca Drive, Galveston, TX 77551
Zion Retreat Center, 6910 Yucca Drive
Galveston, TX United States
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