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Mapping Narrative Conversations: Journeys Towards Preferred Identities

November 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - November 20, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

$115.00 – $200.00


Friday, Nov. 19th, and Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2021.
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CDT)


Narrative conversations are like skeleton keys that open doors to multiple worlds of experience. They inspire people to break free from taken-for-granted beliefs and embark on journeys toward what is possible to know and do about their lives. Nevertheless, the skills for facilitating a collaborative and generative narrative conversation can remain elusive even to the most veteran practitioners. What is different about an inspiring, liberating conversation that opens up space for possibility, hope, and movement from a discouraging, impoverishing conversation that closes down space for possibility, hope, and movement? What questions are invitational and contribute to inspiration and action? What is the role of language? What are the elements of a conversation that elicits peoples’ subordinated storylines? We will explore these questions, conversations, and more in this interactive training experience.


Clear presentation, digitally recorded narrative therapy session examples, a comprehensive handout package and experiential practice exercises will create a rich training experience. There will be a particular emphasis on skill-building through practice, practice, and more practice.


Participants will:

  • Explore the elements of conversations that invite people into rapid and deep engagement.
  • Become familiar with questions that invite people to reconnect with their strongly held values.
  • Explore storied therapy as a 3-act play metaphor for scaffolding journey development.
  • Examine conversations that build on people’s local knowledge
  • Explore how stories contribute to the meaning for understanding and living life.
  • Explore clear ways of immediately taking this work into your practice wisdom.
  • Develop ways to map the influence of the problem in peoples’ lives and relationships.
  • Explore intentional versus internal states of being.
  • Develop skills that facilitate respectful and meaningful conversations with people.


This workshop is of strong interest to social workers, counselors, therapist, psychologist, nurses, school personnel, consultants, and anyone wishing to increase their skills in facilitating energizing, competency-oriented conversations.



Certificate verifying 8 hours of participation completed will be awarded to each participant.



Friday, Nov. 19th, and Saturday, Nov. 20th, 2021.
1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (CDT)



Early Bird Fee: $170.00 (Register by October 22nd, 2021).

Regular Fee $200.00

Student Fee: $115.00 (Must show proof of status with a student card if requested)


Full refund minus $30.00 cancellation fee until October 22nd, 2021.

50% refund between October 22nd and November 18th, 2021

No refund November 19th 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.

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.

He has offered hundreds of workshops, courses and keynote presentations with organizations throughout Canada, US, Australia, Asia and Europe. He is noted for his interactive teaching style. When he 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 their dog, Banjo.


November 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm
November 20, 2021 @ 4:30 pm
$115.00 – $200.00
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