A NEW course in this series is now under active construction!

Brief Description of the Series

As our intellectual ancestors,  co-founders David Epston and Michael White established the philosophical foundations, key concepts, ethical considerations, and specific practices guiding narrative therapy. Their enormous contributions – collaborative and individual – inform how we position ourselves as narrative practitioners, view problems as separate from people, and guide our narrative inquiry. Through 15 years of partnership, they gave voice to the hope and intention that we would continue to try different modes of inquiry, develop new practices, and integrate these cherished ways of being with people that fit with our own local experiences and socio-political contexts.

When  Michael suddenly died in 2008,  we wondered what would become of narrative therapy. David has continued to infuse narrative therapy with an innovative, playful spirit, developing an approach to narrative inquiry with colleagues over the past 15 years that David brings to his conversations and collaborations.  Over the decades, in response to changing professional, social, and cultural contexts, narrative practices have evolved in many ways, establishing Contemporary Narrative Therapy.  A new generation of narrative therapists has emerged!

Series Contributors

Daniel Angus

Daniel has worked with young people and families in the adolescent mental health sector, most recently in Private Practice, with Canteen Australia and with Headspace Services in Western Sydney from 2012 where he also managed the Primary Care and Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program.

Daniel has worked in Custodial settings, with employment providers and as an Official Visitor under the Mental Health Act. Daniel is a Clinical Supervisor for Psychologists with the College of Professional Psychology and provides Clinical Supervision services privately and to a range of organisations including the Department of Education, Yourtown, The Better Health Generation, Kari, Reach Out, Flourish and headspace programs around Australia. Daniel is a contributor to the Serious Young Offenders Review Panel with Juvenile Justice.

Daniel provides advice and leadership to support Wentworth Healthcare (Primary Health Network for Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith) as Clinical Advisor for Primary Mental Health Care Programs, He is proud of his Vietnamese-Australian heritage and is also interested in the plight of refugees and asylum seekers living in New South Wales.

Daniel is fully licensed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority and holds Membership with the Australian Psychological Society. He was appointed as Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW from December 2018 until November 2021. Daniel was reappointed for a second term in December 2021 until November 2024.

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, Ph.D., deeply cherishes nature and values being a mother, wife, activist, consultant, teacher, and compassionate practitioner. She was born and raised in Canada, is French speaking, loves cross-country skiing, dancing, rock climbing, and hiking snowy mountain peaks.

Marie-Nathalie directs Skills for Kids, Parents & Schools (SKIPS), a 9-month intense narrative therapy, neurobiology and mindfulness training program in California where she works with children, adults, families, and school communities. Prior to immersing herself in narrative therapy in the early 1990s, Marie-Nathalie had trained in Human Biology and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She now brings together fields that have influenced her life and work for the last 30 years, and as a result has pioneered narrative clinical practices to respond to distressing emotions and traumatic experiences. She has written over 50 professional articles and many books such as the popular The SKiLL-ionaire in every child: Boosting childrens socio-emotional skills using the latest in brain research (2010), written for parents, teachers and counselors (French, English, Spanish). She has also co-authored Collaborative Therapies and neurobiology: Evolving practices in action (Beaudoin & Duvall, 2017), and Mindfulness in a busy world: Lowering barriers for youth & adults to cultivate focus, emotional peace & gratefulness (Beaudoin & Maki, 2021). Her latest book, co-authored with Gerald Monk is currently in press with WW Norton and titled: Narrative practices and emotions: 40+ ways to support the emergence of flourishing identities. It combines her lifelong passion for the immense possibilities inherent to our bodies and brains, with novel narrative practices inspired by Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensorimotor Therapy, and Positive Psychology. With a background in improvisational theater and dance, Marie-Nathalie is well-known for her thought provoking and engaging presentations. Her websites are www.mnbeaudoin.com and www.skillsforkids-SKIPS.com.

Maggie Carey

Maggie Carey learned narrative interviewing practices as a close associate of Michael White, co-founder of narrative therapy. Maggie was a founding member of Narrative Practices Adelaide, the center Michael started in 2008, just a few months before his untimely death. Alongside her colleagues Shona Russell and Rob Hall, she was involved in the teaching of narrative therapy and community work for many years, both in Australia and internationally. Prior to the establishment of NPA, Maggie was a cherished member of the Dulwich Centre teaching faculty. Now retired, Maggie thoroughly enjoys engaging with her home, gardens, family and community in Adelaide, S. Australia.

Merle Conyer

Merle Conyer (Sydney, Australia) works at the intersection of trauma, healing and justice with adults, service providers, teams and communities. Through her independent practice she offers counselling, supervision, training, groupwork and wellbeing support in diverse organisational and cultural contexts. Her approach interweaves interdisciplinary wisdoms such as narrative therapy, somatic psychotherapies, trauma-specific practices, ecological psychotherapy and anti-oppressive practice, and is guided by both clinical and cultural supervision from Aboriginal mentors.

Current contexts of contribution include health, legal, government, advocacy and community services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, refugee and asylum seeker services, organisations facilitating redress for institutional sexual abuse and historical state removal of First Nations children, and those contributing to human rights, social justice, environmental justice and disaster recovery.

David Epston

David Epston (Auckland, New Zealand) David Epston, co-founder of narrative therapy alongside Michael white, brings a sense of wonder, adventure and innovation to his conversations and collaborations. What makes a good question? What guides inquiry in narrative therapy? What are some narrative lines of inquiry? The collaboration between David and Michael began in the late 1970s, as continued for many years. David’s best-known publications are White and Epston(1990), Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends; Freeman, Epston and Lobovits(1997), Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families and Maisel, Epston and Borden(2004), Biting The Hand That Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia, Narrative Therapy in Wonderland.

Jenny Freeman

Jenny (Jennifer) Freeman is inspired to engage our field as we respond to calls for environmental/social healing and justice. Meeting with people of all ages in independent practice, group, & school settings, she loves collaborative creativity, interweaving Narrative and Just therapies with somatic, expressive arts, & energy therapies. She co-hosts narrativeapproaches.com & Reauthoring Teaching’s Earth’s Environmental Crisis & Opportunity. She collaborated with Dr. Akansha Vaswani-Bye on a Mad in America podcast and contributed a blog & interview for The Psychotherapy Networker, and other media interviews. Earlier work includes Playful Approaches to Serious Problems: Narrative Therapy with Children and their Families, Freeman, Epston, and Lobovits (1997); Enter the Magic Sleep Garden (2007), audio/booklet, & multiple chapters in edited books.https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-freeman-mft-reat-a58 .Jenny is emeritus faculty of John F. Kennedy University. As a member of a Samoan community, she has engaged in collective practice in Samoa, and contributed the essay A Living Legacy to Whispers and Vanities: Samoan Indigenous Knowledge and Religion (2014) and the AFTER THE WAVE film.

SuEllen Hamkins
SuEllen Hamkins, MD is a psychiatrist and author. SuEllen’s passion is helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of challenges and difficulties. Her work centers on three main areas: narrative psychiatry, college student mental health and mother-daughter relationships. She is Assistant Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. SuEllen is a co-founder of the Mother-Daughter Project, and has created a series of videos on helping mothers and daughter thrive. Her most recent book is The Art of Narrative Psychiatry, published by Oxford University Press. To read more, click here.

SuEllen gave the 2015 workshop, Working with people facing severe and persistent problems, and has presented on the Collab Salon on Working with People Who are Living with Serious and relentless problems or Mental Health Challenges.

Christoffer Haugaard

Christoffer Haugaard is a psychologist from Aalborg, Denmark. He has worked in the field of psychotherapy for psychosis for over 14 years and presently works in a private psychiatric hospital. For several years he has collaborated with David Epston and a number of psychiatric patients to develop a co-research practice to respond to the ability to hear troubling or dangerous voices, childhood trauma and exploring the potential meanings associated with extreme states, often labelled as psychosis. This led to a series of co-authored publications. Christoffer takes a particular delight in exploring the margins and transgressions of modern subjectivity, dreams, myth and conceptions of the mind and personhood outside of conventional psychology.

Barbara (B) Herring

Barbara (B) Herring (Los Angeles, CA), M.A., LMFT, Licensed Psychotherapist specializing in working with a diverse range of individuals, regardless of cultural background or where they may fall on the gender and sexuality spectrum, as well as Narcissistic Abuse Recovery.

Sarah Beth Hughes

Sarah Beth Hughes works as a Couple and Family Therapist in Nelson, BC Canada. She was introduced to Narrative ideas through her work as the North American Distributor of Dulwich Publications throughout the 1990’s. She got the privilege of attending many of Michael White’s training and got inspired to do this kind of work herself. Along the way she also met many of Michael’s colleagues and friends including Peggy Sax who have helped her feed her passion for this work.

Kay Ingamells

Kay Ingamells M.S.W., (Auckland, New Zealand) has been working with individuals, children, young people and families since 1990. Kay began her career working with troubled young people and children in residential care and in specialist agencies, then spent nine years working in child and adolescent mental health. For the past ten years she has lectured in narrative therapy in higher education at undergraduate and post-graduate level and has been running a private therapy and counselling practice for children, families, young people and adults. For the last 12 years she has been supervised by the co-inventor of Narrative Therapy, David Epston, and has taught alongside David for the last 5 years. Kay has published several articles. She is currently writing and presenting about her apprenticeship with David Epston. She also provides one-on-one and group training called ‘Training Through Transcripts’, to narrative practitioners committed to bringing David’s practices into their own work.

Poh Lin Lee

Poh Lin Lee is a Chinese Malaysian Australian woman who comes to her practice through multiple experiences and relationships as a narrative therapy practitioner, social worker, co-researcher of trauma/displacement, writer, teacher, film protagonist, and creative consultant. Since 2004 Poh has been engaged in therapeutic co-research with people and communities responding to themes of experience such as family and state violence, displacement (from rights, land, home, body, identity, relationships), liminality and reclaiming practices of staying with experience and preference. Creative and therapeutic fields intersected for Poh whilst working with people seeking asylum within a film project with director Gabrielle Brady, Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018). Poh is currently a freelancer creating crafted exercises and content to accompany people in their practices/projects/processes on Patreon alongside regularly tutoring, teaching and offering experiential workshops across therapeutic, creative and academic fields.

Charley Lang

Charley Lang, MFT (Los Angeles, California) created the online course, Queer Counseling & Narrative Practice and cohosts The Collab Salon. He is co-founder of Narrative Counseling Center, providing resource-oriented consultation services for individuals, couples, and families, in addition to strength-based psychotherapy training for interns and therapists in the Los Angeles area. As Director of the Psychology and Addiction Studies Concentrations at Antioch University, he teaches numerous courses, including Narrative Therapy in Practice, Human Sexualities, Shakespeare Deconstructed and Madness in American History & Film.

Gerald Monk
Gerald Monk PhD (San Diego, California) is the former Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University. He is a practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Supervisor, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. His research and teaching interests include Affective therapy, narrative mediation & conflict resolution, constructionist & discursive theories, restorative practice, and mental health recovery.
Rocio Ocampo-Giancola

Rocio Ocampo-Giancola trained at San Diego State with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a bilingual licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience in trauma, crisis response and substance misuse and recovery. I am experienced with a variety of mental health concerns and have past experience working with homeless individuals, refugees and immigrants, and trafficked women, men, and children. I have a passion for working with adolescents and their families and have supervised associates and interns working with children and adolescents. In the past, I have worked with UPAC, Say San Diego, Catholic Charites and McAlister Institute. Current board member of Reauthoring

marcela polanco

marcela polanco, es de Bogotá, Colombia e inmigrante en United States. Su ancestry es African, Muisca, and European Colombian. She speaks Español Colombiano, Immigrant English and Spanglish. As a family terapista, she is part of the faculty team del Master’s en Family Therapy y del Spanglish/Ingleñol Family Therapy training Certificado at San Diego State University located in unceded Kumeyaay land.

Sasha Pilkington

Sasha McAllum Pilkington is a counsellor at Hospice North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand. She first met David Epston in 1986 when he agreed to be her supervisor while she was working for a mental health service in Auckland. Sasha then undertook training with David and Johnella Bird and has been learning and practising Narrative Therapy ever since. In recent years Sasha has developed a passion for writing stories that illustrate narrative practice (see Pilkington, 2014, 2016, 2017) and is now writing a book with co-authors Arthur Frank and David Epston illustrating Narrative Therapy in palliative care.

Jenna Robinson

Jenna Robinson (she/her), MA, LMFT, is a qwoc expressive arts therapist and performance poet located in the Bay Area. Jenna is a steadfast advocate for empowering people at the margins to author their stories of resistance and resilience using written and oral traditions.
She has been performing and teaching spoken word workshops to youth and adults since 2011. She is a two-time grand slam champion of Hawaii Slam and has competed on 7 national slam poetry teams. She placed second in the nation with the Hawaii Slam team at the 2015 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA. In Hawaii, Jenna facilitated therapeutic spoken word poetry workshops with foster youth, youth bereavement groups, K-12 schools and with adjudicated youth and their families primarily through Hawaii Girls Court. She received her M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS, where she developed a methodology melding narrative therapy, expressive arts and spoken word poetry. In 2017 she founded Revisions, an intergenerational therapeutic writing program for families and community groups with Bay Area Creative. Jenna has piloted and facilitated trauma- informed writing workshops with individuals, youth, and families throughout the Bay Area, including survivors of intimate partner violence and system engaged youth. Jenna specializes in family violence, with over 5 years experience providing clinical intervention to families impacted by intimate partner violence in Hawaii and the Bay Area. She is an adjunct professor in the Expressive Arts Therapy department at CIIS and at the Wright Institute. Jenna is currently training as a Poetry Therapist under the supervision of Dr. Sherry Reiter.

Lynne Rosen
Lynne V. Rosen, LCSW (Pasadena, California) has been engaged in therapeutic work for over 25 years in medical, residential, inpatient, community and private practice settings. She found her therapeutic and philosophical home in the early 90’s when she traveled to New York to hear Michael White and David Epston. Most recently, she has focused her attention on integrating Narrative Therapy with EMDR, Somatic Therapies and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with clients who are living with the effects of Trauma, Eating Problems and other difficulties that compromise relational well-being. Her favorite proverb is an African one: “Until lions have historians, tales of hunting will always glorify the hunter.” Lynne has had a long-standing interest in bringing forward lions’ tales, stories and experiences at the margins, where there is wisdom and knowledge that can transport us all. She continues to feel passionate about teaching, supervising and public conversation work and for many years, she had the privilege of working as Core Faculty and Director of the Postmodern Therapy Training Program at PGI and Co-Founder of WPLA (Women’s Project Los Angeles).
Shona Russell

Shona Russell (Adelaide, South Australia) made narrative approaches to therapy and community work her focus for 25 years through her work in non-government organizations and in independent practice. Along with Gaye Stockell and Peggy Sax, Shona presented two Extending Narrative Practice: Refreshing the Spirit of the Work workshops in Vermont, and is involved in the development of our Rich Story Development series. She was an active member of The Dulwich Centre teaching faculty, where she and her close colleague Maggie Carey played a primary role in developing the skills practice component of the International Training programme. In 2008, Shona joined Michael White, Maggie Carey and Rob Hall in Narrative Practices Adelaide. Shona taught workshops on narrative supervision for many years and was particularly interested in bringing to life the practices of narrative therapy in supervision contexts. She has authored and co-authored a range of articles. While Shona is now retired, her influence on our field will continue for many years into the future.

Peggy Sax

Peggy Sax, Ph.D. (Cornwall, Vermont), is the founder and Executive Director of Re-authoring Teaching – the global learning community of narrative therapy practitioners, teachers, and enthusiasts that is represented on this website. Peggy carries a steadfast commitment to preserving, developing, and extending the legacy of narrative therapy. She loves to collaborate with colleagues across narrative generations, co-creating quality training materials and together building a narrative learning community. Having apprenticed herself to narrative therapy since the early 1990s, Peggy also works in independent practice as a Licensed Psychologist, consultant, international teacher, and international trainer. She is the author of several articles and the book Re-authoring Teaching: Creating a Collaboratory. Creating this online series is a dream come true for Peggy: working with people she profoundly respects, persevering to develop excellent courses together, and thereby contributing to a field she deeply values.

Marko Turner

Marko Turner is a registered practitioner, baptised in the professions of counselling psychology and dramatherapy. He has worked as a therapist for over 25 years across a pot pouri of settings, including adult, child and youth mental health services, workplace injury, cardiology and audiology rehabilitation, as well as so-called pain management. Throughout his lives in London and Sydney, he has offered private practice consulting to individuals and organisations. Marko has, at various points, been involved in delivering training and tertiary teaching, as well as leading teams in eHealth transformation and early intervention functional recovery from first-episode psychosis. Marko has written several papers and wished he could write a hell of a lot more.

Akansha Vaswani- Bye

Akansha Bye-Vaswani Ph.D., was introduced to narrative practices in Mumbai when she began working at Ummeed Child Development Center in Mumbai in 2010. Here she was also introduced to principles of family-centered care, early intervention, and community-based advocacy. Her interest in systemic change took her to San Diego State University where her studies in marriage and family therapy strengthened her commitment to developing clinical practice through the lens of de-colonizing, feminist, and postmodern practice. Her doctoral work at UMass Boston, focused on drivers of institutional corruption in psychiatry and solutions for reform, particularly the practice of deprescribing and rational prescribing grounded in informed consent. She is currently an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine where she works on the implementation of family-to-family support programs for families of persons managing psychosis.

Michael White

Michael White, co-founder of Narrative Therapy, died in 2008. He had a profound impact on many lives and on the development of key concepts of narrative practice. His ideas, practices, and presence live on in our lives and work.

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeffrey Zimmerman PhD (Denver, Colorado) was one of the original North American group of narrative therapists, hosting Michael White both as a workshop presenter at the agency he co-founded (Bay Area Family Therapy Training Associates) and in his home. He later introduced the idea of combining neurobiology and narrative therapy, and trained a number of the current trainers of both narrative therapy and “neuro-narrative” therapy. He has written and taught extensively on these subjects. Jeff is an avid fan of live music, movies, and enjoys a really good meal.

Larry Zucker

Larry Zucker, LCSW, has been practicing therapy and training therapists for over 30 years. He is the President of the Re-Authoring Teaching Board and co-host of The Collab Salon. Larry’s background in social work and community organizing led him to see people in context, and to focus on strength and resiliency. Larry is committed to escaping blaming frames of reference in a field that encourage therapists to see people and relationships as problematic. He prefers seeing people as embedded in normal problems of living, full of untapped skill and knowledge for creating the lives and relationships they want, despite difficulties encountered, and to seeing therapy as a relationship that helps bring forth that knowledge.

 First Course in Series

Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts

Registration for this self-paced course is open and ongoing!

Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts  (FKC) offers six lessons introducing the philosophical foundations and key concepts guiding narrative therapy in work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Each of the six lessons takes about two hours and includes audio, video, and text.  Anyone can start at any time. For an additional $25, registrants can earn 12 APA approved CE credits through Alliant International University. For course objectives, click here.

Narrative Therapy: Foundations & Key Concepts

Second Course in Series Now Under Construction!

Contemporary Narrative Therapy

Contemporary Narrative Therapy celebrates the emergence of a new generation of narrative practitioners. While honoring narrative therapy cofounders and mentors, we situate this new course in the changing landscape of the 21st century. What are some of the creative innovations emerging from new horizons and cross-pollination with other cherished approaches?  After 15 years of co-learning,  we witness fresh voices across narrative generations as they strive to be useful to those consulting with them to navigate difficulties in today’s world.  The course draws from our library of Past Collab Salons, Consultation Groups, and interviews to feature diverse voices applying narrative therapy in various contexts.

Contemporary Narrative Therapy

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