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The Institute of Narrative Therapy was established in 2009 with the aim of supporting the teaching and development of Narrative Practice in the United Kingdom and beyond.  The current Directors are Mark Hayward, Amanda Redstone and Hugh Fox.

The Institute offers training at Level 1 (five days) and Level 2 (five or six days), as well as the Diploma in Narrative Therapy which students complete over a number of years.  All our training provides a rigorous and practical learning experience that enables students to start using narrative ideas at once.

Institute staff are all highly experienced teachers and are committed to the dissemination of narrative ideas and practices.  We seek to contribute to the development of the next generation of practitioners and teachers and are glad to support any projects that are consistent with narrative principles and ethics.

We also support the development of an evidence base to facilitate the practice of Narrative Therapy in agencies and institutions

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APEL Route to Masters in Narrative Therapy

We are pleased to announce that the Institute's Diploma in Narrative Therapy will be accepted by the University of Melbourne/Dulwich Centre as exempting holders from the first two modules of their Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work.  This means that students undertaking the Masters will only need to visit Australia once in order to complete the Masters. and will save considerably on both course fees and travel etc.  We think that this will be an appealing route to many people wishing to study for the Masters.

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Conference, June 29th and 30th 2017, Brighton

We are very pleased to be able to announce that we are planning a conference for 2017 in Brighton. This will be the first Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work in the UK since 2009.

We hope it will be a joyful coming together of the Narrative community and an opportunity to share the rich strands of Narrative Practice that have been developing in this country. More information here.

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A Celebration of the Tree of Life

An NHS staff and service user co-produced day.

10th November 2016

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

With Guest Speaker Ncazelo Ncube, who pioneered the approach.
Joined by others including: Glenda Fredman, Angela Byrne, Sara Portnoy, Sandra Baum, Eleanor Martin, Stefania Battistela and the team from SLaM.

The Tree of Life has made an extraordinary impact on staff and services across the NHS. Come and be part of this rapidly expanding and positive development. Find out about the different settings we have used it in, for example: Older Adults; Learning Disability; physical health, staff teams; acute and community settings.

There will be presentations, exercises and opportunities for reflecting throughout the day. Market stalls will also showcase the wonderful Tree of Life work that is happening in the NHS in different services and teams, and resources will be shared.

To book a place email
£60 per day
Free spaces for service users available


'Beads of Life' approach: Working with young people and families to tell their stories about chronic illness in ways that make them stronger.

We are pleased to announce this workshop by Sara Portnoy which will be in Manchester on November 4th 2016.  It will be of interest to anyone who works with people living with chronic  illness.  Click here for full details.

There are limited numbers on this workshop due to its interactive nature so apply early! Groups of two or more from the same agency are encouraged.


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