Children First in collaboration with Dulwich Centre Foundation present
One Year Certificate Program in Narrative Therapy Training

Narrative therapy 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.

THE FACULTY

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.

www.dulwichcentre.com.au

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.

The Online Course

This course will begin in April 2021 with three days of training. Thereafter there will be 3 more teaching blocks in the year ahead. In total there will 12 days of direct training besides which there will be a requirement to read continuously and submit written reflections based on the readings. Feedback will be provided on these written reflections through the year.

Overall, it will be a skills-based course in narrative approaches to therapy and community work. In this way, it will be quite specific. And will be most helpful for psychologists, therapists, counsellors, mental health social workers, and psychiatrists.

KEY ASPECTS OF THE COURSE

Overall structure

This program will consist of:

  • A series of workshops by Dulwich Centre International Faculty and Children First Faculty
  • Regular structured reading program – 10 collections of reading
  • Regular structured written reflections – to relate readings back to one’s practice.
  • Supervision with Shelja Sen throughout the year
  • Opportunity to be part of the Narrative Therapy Collective at Children First

The participants can opt for either of the two courses:

  • One Year Program in Narrative Therapy – as described in the programme above
  • Certificate in Narrative Therapy – The course work and the duration are same as described for the One Year Program. Except, those who successfully complete an optional extra certification module will then be eligible for recognition of prior learning for one subject (i.e., they will be exempted from one subject out of 3 subjects) of the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work (run in partnership between Dulwich Centre and University of Melbourne).

Additional work that this certification module involves:

  • Participants recording two sessions of their work, transcribing 15 minutes of the interview, analysing it, sharing this and receiving supervision about it
  • Writing a 5000-word project about how the participants have used narrative practice in their work over the year. The aim of this project is to support practitioners to be able to strengthen and be more skilled in using the narrative ideas and narrative practices in their own context.

TRAINING DATES

Dates Faculty
22nd, 23rd and 24th April 2021 Shelja Sen
8th, 9th and 10th July 2021 Carolyn Markey
9th, 10th and 11th December 2021 Mark Hayward
4th and 5th March 2022 David Newman

The Final Teaching with Shelja Sen 19th March 2022

COURSE FEES

One Year Programme in Narrative Therapy

  • Rs 35,500 – with first Early Bird Discount- Valid till 6th February 2021
  • Rs 40,500 – with second Early Discount – Valid till 6th March 2021
  • Rs 50,500 thereafter

Certificate in Narrative Therapy

  • Rs 60,500 – with first Early Bird Discount – Valid till 6th February 2021
  • Rs 65,500 – with second Early Discount – Valid till 6th March 2021
  • Rs 75,500 thereafter

For more information or for queries, please email us at training@childrenfirstindia.com

COORDINATORS OF THE COURSE

Cheryl White

Cheryl White is the Director of Dulwich Centre and the founder of Dulwich Centre Publications where she works as publisher, editor, teacher, training co- ordinator, conference host, and initiator of projects. Cheryl is the author/co- editor of various books, including A memory book for the field of narrative practice and Conversations about gender, culture, violence & narrative practice: Stories of hope and complexity from women of many cultures.

David Denborough

David Denborough works as a community worker, teacher and writer/editor for Dulwich Centre. He is particularly interested in cross-cultural partnerships which limit the chances of psychological colonization and create possibilities for cross-cultural inventions, such as the Team of Life Narrative Approach and Tree of Life (with Ncazelo Ncube-Mlilo).

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.

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.

David Newman

David Newman lives and works in Sydney. He works part time in a psychiatric unit for young people and has an independent counselling practice through Charing Cross Narrative Therapy Centre. David has recently taught in Turkey, Hong Kong and Palestine. He is currently passionate about working with those who are struggling with suicidal experience, narrative approaches to mental health work and the possibilities of group work. He is the author of the influential paper ‘Rescuing the said from the saying of it: Living documentation in narrative therapy’.

Carolyn Markey

Carolyn Markey has practiced as a Narrative Therapist with children and families since the early 90s. Trained and supervised by Michael White, she is a senior faculty teaching member at the Dulwich Centre. Over the years she has developed collaborative ways to share and teach therapeutic skills with fun rigour and creativity. Carolyn has worked in schools non govt organizations particularly with children and families affected by and perpetrating violence and other unjust traumatic events. Currently she works as a team leader of 2 therapeutic teams at Relationships Australia, supporting and super-­‐vising counsellors working with children affected by homelessness.

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.

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