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The Brief & Narrative Therapy Certificate Program 5-day Summer Intensive

Monday, August 14, 2017 -

09:00 to 16:30

This program runs from August 14 - 18, 2017

Location: Reach Out Centre for Kids Centre of Learning Oakville
City: Oakville
Type: In-person
Access: Open
Presenter: Karen Young, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Topic: Clinical practices; Implementation
Organizer: Windz Institute
Audience: Direct service providers

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Event registration

Monday, August 14, 2017 -

09:00 to 16:30

This program runs from August 14 - 18, 2017


Regular: $975 +HST

Early Bird Fee (Must register before June 1, 2017): $835 +HST


This training experience will include 30 hours of thorough examination of narrative ideas and practices, presented in clear usable ways that can be taken into everyday therapeutic work in any setting with any presenting problem. Brief Narrative Therapy brings a narrative philosophy and practice into time sensitive counseling arenas such as walk-in therapy clinics and other forms of single session and brief services. It creates a collaborative, curious, and competency-focused way of working with people in brief settings. The aim is to make the most of every single session providing therapeutic conversations to people when they need it. It is based on the principle of “when all the time you have is now”, therefore, promoting the facilitation of a meaningful, novel, and useful conversation immediately.


* The option for an extended program that includes practicing at a walk-in clinic is available
* The option to continue with a level 2 certificate program will begin in September 2017

Learning objectives

  1. How to make the most of every session that you spend with clients creating change more quickly
  2. Clear understandings of how to enrich your practice using post-modern theory from Foucault, Vygotsky, Bruner, James and van Gennep.
  3. How specific ways of being curious can create more useful and meaningful therapeutic conversations within any therapy approach
  4. A uniquely detailed guideline for therapy conversations that can be used in any setting—walk-in, brief, short or longer- term work, and with any presenting concern.
  5. A broad range of applications for witnessing practices including how to use a powerful repositioning practice that changes how clients listen to each other in therapy sessions.

Karen Young, M.S.W., R.S.W. biography

Karen is the Director of the Windz Institute, operated by Reach Out Centre for Kids, Centre of Learning. She is an institute faculty teaching many of the Windz workshops and certificate programs. She provides supervision to interns, organizes and designs training, oversees research projects, and for over 14 years has supervised and provided single session therapy at the ROCK’s walk-in therapy clinic. Karen has provided consultation and clinical training to many organizations in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally regarding re-structuring service pathways to include brief services such as walk-in clinics. She has been teaching narrative and brief narrative therapy for over 25 years and is a therapist with 30 years of experience working with children and families. Karen has contributed numerous publications regarding applications of brief narrative therapy and research in brief services and walk-in therapy. She co- authored the Brief Services Online Course for CMHA Ontario (Duvall, J. & Young, K., 2015) and co-authored the Brief Services policy paper for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (Duvall, J., Young, K., Kays-Burden, A., 2012), No more, no less: Brief Mental Health Services for Children and Youth. Karen was the lead in the first in Ontario Brief Services Evaluation Project, 2014, a multi-organization evaluation of brief services. Karen has a great deal of knowledge and passion for narrative practices and is one of the few trainers who can teach the traditional aspects of the approach and new evolutions in the thinking. She has particular expertise in the application of narrative in brief and walk-in therapies. Karen is regarded as a trainer who conveys narrative ideas in very clear and usable ways.

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