Pre-Conference Workshops 16 August 2017

Two One-Day workshops will be presented by the two overseas presenters. You can select one workshop. The workshop of Stephen Madigan is aimed at introducing new-comers to Narrative Therapy.

Workshop 1

Narrative Therapy Foundations workshop, presented by Stephen Madigan, MSW, MSc, PhD

Canadian family therapist Stephen Madigan MSW, MSc, PhD teaches participants the foundations of narrative therapy theory and practice through a close up review of his therapeutic DVDs. Workshop participants discover and discuss the historical, political and theoretical roots of foundational narrative practice skills such as re-authoring and re-remembering conversations, therapeutic letter writing, unique outcome moments, relative influence questioning and relational externalizing practices.

stephen_MadiganStephen Madigan is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy, the first Narrative Therapy training site in the Northern Hemisphere. The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) recently honored Stephen with their Distinguished Award for Innovative Practice in Couple and Family Therapy Theory and Practice.

In 2011, the American Psychological Association published Stephen’s book Narrative Therapy – theory and practice as the primer textbook on Narrative Therapy for all APA graduate school programs. The book is now on the APA best sellers list (which could not have been predicted as Stephen’s book represents a full on critique of scientific modernist psychology!) Stephen hosts the annual Therapeutic Conversations conferences
(www.therapeuticconversations.com), and currently teaches narrative therapy training workshops worldwide.

Workshop 2

Queer Informed Narrative Therapy: Re-thinking Gender and Sexuality, presented by David Nylund, LCSW, PhD

In this workshop, David Nylund presents his innovative work with sex and gender minorities using what he refers to as “Queer Informed Narrative Therapy.” David will discuss the key tenets of queer theory and its usefulness in deconstructing taken for granted ideas regarding sexuality, gender, and relationships. Teaching through numerous taped session demonstrations David will share his practice and supervision to highlight his work with transgender clients and other non-normative gender and sexual identities.

David Nylund, LCSW, PhD is a professor of Social Work at California State University, Sacramento and a faculty member of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy. David is the Clinical Director of the Gender Health Center, an agency serving the needs of the LGBT community. He is the author of several articles and books on narrative therapy, gender theory, and cultural studies.