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Post-Structural Narrative Therapy: “Storying” Practices in Helping Contexts is a Course

Post-Structural Narrative Therapy: “Storying” Practices in Helping Contexts

Started Jun 26, 2021

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Full course description

Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 1-4pm (EST)-- Fully Online Workshop

Eligible for 3 CEs for LMHCs, Psychologists, and Social Workers.


We live in a world that is constituted by social contexts and heritages.  Stories are woven into and help create our relationships with ourselves and each other.  The stories that we have available to us also influence how we make sense of “problems” and “helping.”  Philosophical critiques associated with the “interpretive turn” have helped expose the ways that universal and objective knowledge claims invariably sponsor problematic helping relations that often inadvertently maintain an unjust social order of things.  We explore the implications of these critiques when we take to heart our intention to help folks in ways that are not colonizing or imposing. What worldviews and practices better orient us towards the complexity of the unique “person” rather than seeing the other as a set of “problems”?

In this workshop, we introduce “narrative therapy” and its philosophical Narrative Worldview orientation, ethics, and practices.  This non-pathologizing/totalizing worldview is grounded in an understanding of the constitutional nature of power; and the ways that people’s lives and relationships are constructed through stories.  In this workshop we will (1) distinguish between a “Normative Worldview” and “Narrative Worldview.”  We will also (2) introduce narrative practices, particularly those that allow people to separate themselves from internalized objective truths and start to develop stories that they would prefer to guide them. Finally, (3) we will discuss the decentered and influential stance of the narrative practitioner, as well as the ethic of collaboration that grounds it. This stance allows for persons, including practitioners, to be surprised and porous to rich multiplicities of human experiences, cultures, heritages, and ways of storying one another into being and becoming.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Saturday, June 26, 2021.  This workshop is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (EST). 

CE Sponsorship: 

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content." Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs units from University Counseling Services of Boston College. 

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 3 CEs unit. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

The Boston College School of Social Work is providing CEUs for Licensed Social Workers. This program has been approved for 3.0 CEU Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College School of Social Work Authorization Number A017.21.

Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes June 25th at 5pm. Refunds will be granted only up until registration closes at 5pm on June 25th. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


steve gaddis
Steve Gaddis, LMFT, PhD

Steve Gaddis, LMFT, PhD, is the founder and director of the Narrative Therapy Initiative (NTI) in Salem, Massachusetts. He earned his International Postgraduate Diploma in narrative therapy at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, Australia, where he studied with Michael White. Currently, Steve has a full-time narrative therapy and supervision practice in Salem, MA, and he teaches narrative therapy at William James College and Boston College as well as independently through the NTI.