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EFTC Yearlong Narrative Course 2015 | Feb.18-22

Wed, February 18, 2015

Starts February 18-22, 2015

Training Dates:

  • Wednesday February 18th through Sunday February 22nd, 2015
  • Wednesday, June 17th through Sunday, June 21st, 2015
  • Saturday, October 3rd through Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Location: Evanston, Illinois, USA
Presenters: Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

Description: The group will meet in three 5-day blocks over the course of a year. In between the on-site meetings, participants will read about narrative ideas and practices, try them out in their own contexts and consult with each other online. The online learning community will facilitate study, and create a team for witnessing and reflecting on each other's work. Faculty will be available to consult with group members between times.

Each five days of intensive experience will be followed by several months for reflecting, reading, and trying out the ideas before our next intensive time together. The small group size is a unique feature of our program. It insures carefully supervised practice. We can tailor our program to the needs of each participant. Our focus will include:

  • Learning narrative practices and gaining skills through exercises and supervised interviews
  • Understanding the theoretical and philosophical positions that support narrative work
  • Appreciating the people we work with as the privileged authors of their own stories
  • Exploring the role of cultural norms and discourses, both in problematic stories and in preferred stories
  • Appreciating the importance of communities in which alternative stories can circulate and take on meaning
  • Approaching ethics as ways of being that we embody rather than as rules we must follow to avoid punishment
  • Focusing on particular problems and applications of the work tailored to the interests and contexts of group members

We will use discussion, careful study of transcripts and videotape, and skill-building exercises to facilitate our work together.

Details and registration for this workshop can be found here:


Contact us at [email protected] or 847-866-7879847-866-7879 with any questions or to request an application, or visit our website at www.narrativetherapychicago.com for more information.

Evanston Family Therapy Center
1212 ½ Elmwood Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Phone: 847-866-7879847-866-7879
Fax: 847-328-1212