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Narrative Therapy Making the Problem the Problem

Narrative Therapy Making the Problem the Problem

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  • Mon 13 Aug ’18, 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 14 Aug ’18, 9:00am – 4:00pm


InterContinental Wellington, 2 Grey St, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $549.00


Compass Limited

When people are experiencing difficulties and problems these issues can quickly become imbedded in their self perception, creating a huge impact on how they think about and decide to live their life.

Narrative therapy was created as a nonpathologising and collaborative intervention which recognizes that people possess natural competencies, skills, and expertise that can help guide positive change in their lives. The approach is constructed on the premise that “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem”.

Rather than transforming the person, Narrative Therapy aims to transform the effects of the problem. The objective is to get some distance from the issue, and in this way, it is possible to see how a particular concern is serving a person, rather than harming them.

Personal experiences are transformed into personal stories that are given meaning and assist to externalise sensitive issues and help the client to view themselves as separate from their problems. This objectification dissipates resistance and defenses and allows a client to address this issue in a more productive manner.

Narrative therapy is a cooperative between the therapist and client. While the client is the expert of their own life, the therapist remains influential in the questions asked to challenge unhelpful stories. The aim of this approach is for clients to develop solutions to their own problems on the basis of their own values, so that they become much more committed to implementing these solutions

The key areas that Jackie will be discuss in this training include:
- The theoretical underpinnings and principles of narrative therapy.
- Practice frameworks that relate to narrative therapy and an exploration of key techniques
- Using narrative therapy in 'real world' contexts and its application with individuals, families and groups.
- The opportunity for participants to practice and experiment with key techniques and develop skills relevant to their working contexts.

Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to immediately start incorporating Narrative techniques into their existing practice model.

Jackie Bateman is a social worker, consultant, author and international trainer. Jackie has worked extensively in the areas of child protection, youth offending and sexual offending in both the UK and Australia. She currently oversees the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault in Melbourne where she utilises narrative and other strengths-based approaches in her work.

Inspirational and charismatic, Jackie’s vast knowledge in this approach, combined with her interactive, humorous and engaging teaching style make this a training opportunity not to be missed for anybody looking to add narrative interventions to their professional toolbox.

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