Children First in collaboration with Dulwich Centre Foundation present
Online Introductory Course in Narrative Therapy Training

Narrative practice seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives and move forward towards their preferred future.


General Information about the faculty, Dulwich Centre and Children First

Dulwich Centre Foundation

Dulwich Centre Foundation in Adelaide, Australia, is one of the key ‘homes’ of narrative practice. The centre is involved in narrative approaches to therapy and community work, training, publishing, supporting practitioners in different parts of the world, and co-­‐hosting international conferences.

Children First

Children First (CF) is a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Institute in Delhi & Gurugram, India. CF is a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals. Their roles chiefly involve therapy, community work, and trainings among other areas of work.

Dulwich Centre Training Faculty and the faculty at Children First will work as a collective in this course.


Course content

  • Narrative principles & narrative metaphor
  • Deconstruction
  • Therapist’s position
  • Externalisation
  • Re-authoring
  • Absent but implicit
  • Re-membering
  • Documentation
  • Tree and Forest of Life


Dates Timing Faculty
30th August to 4th September 2021 3 to 6.30 pm Shelja Sen
Jonaki Arora
Mark Hayward


Early Bird – 14th August 2021- Rs 8,500 and after that 10,500.

For more information or for queries, please email us at

Faculty details

Shelja Sen

Narrative Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Writer, Co-Founder Children First, TED speaker, columnist with Indian Express and International Faculty at Dulwich Centre, Australia and Clinical Tutor at University of Melbourne. She aligns herself with collaborative practices that honour the dignity of the person and work at developing richer narratives. She believes that we need to work at building ecosystems that nurture emotionally safe spaces for children and youth at home, schools and the larger community.

Shelja Sen is a narrative therapist, writer, co-founder of Children First. Shelja is a TED speaker and a columnist Indian Express, and author of three critically acclaimed books – All You Need is Love, Imagine and Reclaim Your Life. She is Clinical Tutor at the University of Melbourne and international faculty at Dulwich Centre Foundation, Adelaide, Australia. She is a curator of the unique skills, expertise and know-how of children and youth she has the honour of working with.

Mark Hayward

Mark Hayward works as a Family Therapist in UK and has been teaching narrative ideas for 15 years. His therapeutic experience spans 35 years and is mostly with children, young people and families. He is a director of the UK Institute of Narrative Therapy and teacher and International Training Coordinator for Dulwich Centre, Australia. Mark is also known for his passion for biking, sailing and crafting aeroplanes.

Jonaki Arora

Jonaki is a psychologist and the head of Mental Health Services at Children First India. She has been practicing and teaching narrative therapy for over six years. Jonaki uses narrative ideas and principles in her work with adolescents and young people by honouring their stories and experiences.

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