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Mapping Narrative Conversations: Charting Journeys Toward Preferred Destinations

June 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - June 17, 2023 @ 4:30 pm

$100.00 – $170.00

Narrative conversational maps are like skeleton keys that open multiple doors to new worlds of experience. Rather than confirming what is already known, these maps help us to chart journeys with people toward preferred destinations that were previously unimaginable. They make visible the multiplicity of routes that can be plotted when embarking on adventures into new territories of life.

Maps contribute to rich story development and provide a foundation for collaborative and generative conversations with people. Like therapeutic cartographers, we will explore various maps and how they engage in scaffolded conversations that open space for hope, possibility, and movement. We will also explore the role of language when engaging with people’s alternative storylines. We will address the role of generative questions and how they can contribute to novel understandings, energy, and inspiration.

Finally, we will address how the use of maps make our practices more transparent and that they are not meant to be ‘true’ or ‘correct’ i.e., the map is not the territory. They are proposed as options, not requirements for practice. They make possible critical reflection and help to avoid the unquestioned reproduction of the taken-for-granted ideas of deficit-focused practices.

Clear presentation, recorded session examples, experiential exercises, and a comprehensive handout package will be offered to create a rich narrative practice training experience in the use of maps. There will be an emphasis on skill building through practice.

Participants will:

  • Explore the various maps of narrative practices and their purposes.
  • Become familiar with maps that invite people to reconnect with their strongly held values and preferred identities.
  • Explore storied therapy as a 3-act play metaphor for re-authoring and providing a foundation for the journey process.
  • Explore how stories provide temporal maps for detecting change and movement across time.
  • Explore ways to continually revitalize your practice through critical reflection.
  • Be introduced to clear and detailed ways of immediately taking these practices into your own work and everyday life.

JST Institute provides CEU hours in accordance with the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. For other professional boards, please verify with them their specific requirements. A Certificate verifying 7 hours of participation completed will be awarded to each participant.



Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 2023 – 1 PM to 4:30 PM (DST – Daylight Saving Time)



Early Bird Fee: $150.00 (Register by May 15, 2023).

Regular Fee $170.00

Student Fee: $100.00 (Must show proof of student status if requested)



Full refund minus $30.00 cancellation fee until May 15, 2023 for Early Bird Fee)

50% refund between May 16 and June 15, 2023.

No refund  June 16, 2023 and thereafter.


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



Jim Duvall is Co-Director of JST Institute and Editor of Journal of Systemic Therapies. His experience as a therapist, educator, 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. His work aims to integrate time-sensitive narrative practices within social justice principles.

In addition to numerous articles, book chapters, 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 co-authored book (Duvall & Béres, 2011), Innovations in narrative therapy: Connecting practice, training and research, WW Norton and Company is the first book to integrate training and research with narrative therapy resulting in compelling practice-based evidence. He is the co-editor (Beaudoin & Duvall, 2017) of Collaborative therapy and neurobiology: Evolving practices in action.

He has offered hundreds of workshops, courses, and keynote presentations with organizations throughout Canada, US, Australia, Asia and Europe. Other times Jim can be found playing music with his friends or boating on the Gulf of Mexico with his partner, family and their dog, Sailor.


June 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
June 17, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
$100.00 – $170.00


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