Training

We offer several comprehensive training experiences for agencies. Workshops are customized to fit agency and/or program needs.  

To request training please contact me directly at 905-765-5956 or email through the link below.

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Brief Narrative Therapy

For many years Michael White (co-founder of narrative therapy) had been demonstrating a brief narrative practice as he often provided live demonstrations of narrative therapy in training contexts.  That was a rare practice in the field but those demonstrations pushed our conception of what might be possible in narrative therapy especially in time constrained circumstances.  With the rapid emergence of mental health Walk-in Clinics and the time limits applied to employee assistance programs by insurance companies a brief narrative practice finds increasing relevance on the service landscape.  Read More...

Single Session Therapy

When we have only one conversation with people in distress how do we assist that conversation to not only be useful in assisting people to  address their distress but also to stay with them long after the conversation?  That is the purpose that this workshop will address.  Regardless of the severity or duration of the presenting problem there is always somewhere to go in conversation to arrive at a place in which people will experience themselves as having the 'know how'  to move their life forward. Read More...

Advanced Single Session Therapy

It’s not unlikely that if you work in single session or walk-in therapy contexts you have had the experience of being taken to the ceiling of your skillset.  You may have struggled to know how to proceed or have felt off course in the conversation.  Those are not times to be disheartened but rather times in which we can see the people consulting to us as our unpaid teachers or supervisors.  Those are the times through reflection and practice that we are invited to stretch our skills, develop our creativity, or perhaps explore undiscovered country in therapeutic conversations. Read More...

Children's Know-How: Brief Narrative with Children and Youth

What if we conceive of our meetings with children and their families as arenas in which that which has been made invisible or overshadowed by problems can be seen and shared?  Imagine if in these forums children can separate from ‘being defined as the problem’ and move towards being known through there skills, abilities, and wonderful expressions of life.  This workshop will present narrative practices to address the very serious problems faced by children, youth, and their families. Read More...

Responding to 21st Century Bullying: A narrative practice approach

The past decade has seen an emerging wave of literature about bullying and bullying prevention by many fine Canadian researchers.  We have also seen legislative change attempting to bring greater follow through and consequence for bullying episodes as well as support for those experiencing bullying.  Although the bullying prevention movement grows the problem remains elusive.  Despite great investment, the bullying prevention conversation has remained a narrow conversation with stock plot characterizations of people and minimally effective responses to the problem.  Bullying prevention informed by the ideas of narrative therapy creates a context to expand the conversation further and broaden prevention initiatives. Read more... 

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