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The Diploma in Narrative Therapy is a modular training programme, offering students who have completed Level 1 and Level 2 courses an intensive and rigorous training in advanced narrative practice.

The Diploma consists of five Level 3  taught modules (each of which includes a written assignment) PLUS an additional Practice Assessment Module. There is a reading programme to support the completion of the written assignment that follows each taught module. Students also receive two Practice Based Tutorials. Full details here.

Prospective Diploma students are required to fill out a registration form and pay a registration fee (includes a reading pack) after which they can apply for any of the taught modules.

The Diploma in Narrative Therapy is recognized by Dulwich Centre/University of Melbourne as prior learning for their Masters programme.  Holders of the Diploma progress automatically past the first two modules of the Masters and need complete only the last module.

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Please note, places can only be given in response to applications received prior to the end of the second working day before the course.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have completed Level 1 and Level 2 in Narrative Therapy or equivalent.


The initial registration fee is £175 + VAT.
Each taught module is £625 + VAT per participant, this does not include accommodation, travel or meals.
The Practice assessment module costs £250 + VAT.

Individuals paying for themselves and unable to set the course fee against tax are eligible for a 20% discount on the cost of the taught modules. This should be indicated on your application form and will then be applied to your invoice.

This discount does not apply to the Registration Fee nor to the fee for the Practice Assessment Module.


Each taught module is 5 days long and offers a combination of didactic teaching and clinical practice related to the theme of the module. In addition to course attendance, students are required to complete set readings and a written assignment for each module.


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Details of taught modules


Linking lives and working with groups and communities

This module focuses on different practices which link people together around the values they hold as important, and which can be used to address concerns shared by different communities or individuals.

Typical topics covered include:

Identity as relational

Issues of loss and bereavement

Working with communities

Working with groups

Outsider witness practices

Other practices of linking lives



Using narrative in the process of supervision

How can we provide supervision in ways that are consistent with narrative understandings and approaches? Can we use maps of narrative practice in supervision in the same ways as in therapy?

What are the hopes of a narrative supervision? What if the supervisee wants our advice? What are the issues of power and hierarchy in the supervision context? Is ‘supervision’ a helpful term or would other words such as ‘intervision’ construct a better context? What is the difference between supervision and consultation?


Typical topics covered include:

Consideration of many of the questions above

Practices that attend to experiences of ‘burn out’

Ideas for constructing a narrative supervision

Dilemmas of a narrative supervision

Differences and similarities with therapy

Using micro-maps of narrative practice in supervision and consultation

Ideas for group supervision

Practice, practice, practice!

More practice…



Working with the effects of trauma

There are many contexts within which people experience trauma. This module explores how narrative ideas and practices are used both to help people find preferred identities that have been lost through trauma, and also how a narrative ethic might lead us to respond to the contexts of trauma. Participants will be encouraged to bring issues and dilemmas from their own work experience for the group to work with. This is a highly practical module which is mindful of the many dilemmas when working in this area.

Typical topics covered include:

Understanding the absent but implicit and it’s use in working with the effects of trauma

Working with the effects of sexual abuse.

Considerations when working with issues related to domestic violence

Working with families when there has been a traumatic loss

Working with refugees and asylum seekers

Practices of accountability

Use of the Tree of Life

Developing nurturing teams

Taking testimonies



Working with children, young people and families

This module focuses on the particular skills, practices, positions and dilemmas relevant to working therapeutically with under 18’s and their families and networks, and families in general.


Typical topics covered include:

Self harm and safeguarding issues

Children’s special skills and knowledge

The rise of child development theories and the discourses of expert knowledge in relation to children

The effects of the discourses of good parenting and how they position parents and professionals

Young people who a)have nothing to say or b) mostly respond with “I don’t know” or c) simply don’t want to be there

Parents or carers who have different agendas from their children

Anorexia and bulimia – and ways to respond, particularly using ideas from externalising practices and modern power


The popularity of ADHD and ASD and ways to use narrative practice both with those who are in receipt of these diagnoses and also family members caught up in these discourses

Working with whole families and connections with systemic, solution focused, internalised other and social constructionist approaches

This is a practice-rich module and participants are invited to bring dilemmas they have experienced as a basis for skills development.


Please note that this module is only available when there is sufficient demand.  If you are interested in this module, please contact and let us know.  Your name will be added to a list and when there are sufficient people interested we will arrange for the module to take place.



Social context, discourse and power

This module is an exploration of broader social contexts, how these influence all of us in the way we make sense of life and how narrative therapy brings these considerations into practice. These understandings will be explored in relation to a variety of working contexts and practice issues, including eating disorders. This module will include opportunities to learn about the most recent developments in narrative practice.


Typical topics covered include:

The theories of Foucault and modern power

Different ways to bring considerations of power and discourse into conversations

How to make the ‘shoulds’ of life’ visible

How to respond when people are experiencing an overwhelming sense of personal failure as workers, parents, carers, partners etc: reviewing the Failure Conversations Map.

How to have respectful conversations which invite an evaluation of the norms and ‘shoulds’ of living: the Context and Discourse Map

Externalising practices which move beyond ‘technique’

How to respond to complexity and avoid positioning people into impossible ‘for’ or ‘against’ positions

Working with disorders of eating such as anorexia  

How to work with ‘ambivalence’

Recent developments in narrative practice: the theories of Gilles Deleuze, lines of flight and practices of possibility



Clinical Practice Intensive

This is an intensive week of focused skills practice around a variety of themes and common clinical dilemmas, for example: what do you do when a young person doesn’t talk? Or when someone has been labelled “hard to engage”, “obstructive” or “defensive”? Or when you’re faced with an entrenched anorexic presentation? Or when someone doesn’t want to be there?

All participants are invited to bring a couple of real life dilemmas from their practice for the group to work with. Videotaped or DVD’d examples are particularly welcome. Additionally, there will be opportunities to be interviewed and experience an Outsider Witness Group. We will practice using different maps in interview scenarios, linking the maps together and charting conversations as we go. Interviews will be reviewed and learning points detailed.

This module will be hard work but the atmosphere is highly supportive. We are confident that participants will experience a clear advance in their narrative practice skills, and that these skills will be relevant to a variety of work and clinical contexts.


Typical topics covered include:

Practicing using different maps in a variety of clinical situations

Using the scaffolding Distance meta-map to guide questioning sequences in live and role-played clinical interviews.

Using “Therapist Positioning” ideas to orientate ourselves in de-centred but influential ways when under pressure.

Trying out a variety of practice strategies in demanding and challenging role-played clinical situations

Opportunities to be interviewed about your work and to be at the centre of Outsider Witness Group reflections.

Deconstructing interviews as they unfold to chart them on different practice maps

Supporting the learning of others using different styles of feedback.

Reviewing videotape of clinical practice and participating in peer supervision.

Intensive focus on the micro-skills of practice – the language, the sequencing of questions and the moment by moment attunement to the interviewee’s experience.



Diploma dates and venues


Using narrative in the process of supervision

*New dates*

2018 - July 2nd - 6th


Working with the effects of trauma

2018 - September 17th - 21st


Working with children, young people and families

2019 - March 18 - 22nd


Social context, discourse and power

Date TBC


Clinical practice intensive

Dates TBC


Linking lives and working with groups and communities

Dates TBC


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