Narrative Therapy Course

  • Dates: Fridays bi-weekly 5.6.22, 5.20.22, 6.3.22, 6.17.22, 7.1.22
  • Times: Each day of the course will start at 11am EST and end at 1pm EST
  • NOTE: Times are Eastern Standard Time
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Buckley, LICSW
  • Location: Live on Zoom (this event will not be recorded)
  • Credits: 10 CEs


The current fast paced, productivity focused environment in human services presents challenges that are significant for both consumers and providers. This has been especially exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many clinicians report feeling disconnected from their skills and at risk of burning out. Narrative therapy offers a framework for bringing clinicians' own values and commitments into the helping relationship in ways that are collaborative, effective, and energizing.

This course will assist participants in exploring more fully the complex and practice enriching ideas of narrative therapy. Each class will include discussion of a key concept and will allow participants to practice the techniques that help to implement that idea in their work. We will evaluate together how ideas of collaborative stance, scaffolding, witnessing, and externalization fit with each worker’s current practice. Strategizing about how the use of these practices can build on their knowledge and provide support for their work will be included in the conversation. In addition to presenting material didactically, we will utilize readings, class discussion and many experiential exercises to make this an interactive and revitalizing class.

In addition to enhancing clinical practice, this course will assist clinicians in their ability to provide help in ways that are attuned to the larger socio-cultural-political discourses that constrain people from living their preferred lives.


Elizabeth Buckley, LICSW(she/her) is a social worker and family therapist with more than 25 years of working with children and families. Elizabeth has been a long time consultant to mental health and child protection agencies. She specializes in narrative therapy which she uses to help clinicians, supervisors and agencies think through strengths based, solution focused, safety organized practice. She currently has an independent practice in North Andover, MA. She has been teaching about narrative therapy in academic, post-graduate, workshops and community-based settings since 1998.

Course Outline

11am to 1pm EST
  • Class one: stance, language and collaboration, failure
  • Class two: reauthoring & scaffolding, trauma
  • Class three: questions and externalization
  • Class four: reflecting teams, audience and circulation, re-membering, working within larger systems
  • Class five: ethics in narrative stance, witnessing

Learning Objectives

Attendees will learn to:

  1. Describe discrete narrative therapy interviewing practices and demonstrate the practice of these in class with their colleagues
  2. Identify three theoretical underpinnings of the Narrative approach and articulate how these understandings influence the practice of therapy.
  3. Explain how to integrate Narrative therapy approaches in their current practice and identify how they will sustain these changes after the course ends.
  4. Create and demonstrate techniques for being accountable in cross-cultural practice in the context of identifying their own cultural beliefs.
  5. List how differing therapeutic ideas influence their version of therapeutic practice and create ways to align their practice more closely with their preferred values.
  6. Describe how they can help those they serve to deconstruct failures in their lives to more closely understand their values.


  • Individual Registration: $250, Early bird rate: $225.
  • Early registration deadline is April 6, 2022.
  • NEAFAST members may access a discounted rate of $200. Black Therapists Rock, National Association of Black Counselors and all BIPOC clinicians may access an equity rate of $175.
  • Please contact us for discount codes. No application is required.
  • 10 CEs will be available at an additional cost of $25 paid upon registration for social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists and marriage & family therapists.


The event will be held live on Zoom. We will not be recording this event.

Registration Instructions

Payment options include online registration with payment using PayPal as a conduit to your credit card or a PayPal account. You may also register online and mail a check with a note indicating what program the payment is for. If you are mailing payment, please note that your space is not reserved until we receive it.

Email acknowledgments will be sent to confirm receipt of online registrations only.

An email will be sent a few days before the start date of the event with details about your program.

Workshop CEs


Participants MUST attend 100% of the program to earn the 10 CEs approved for eligible professions.

  • Therapy Training Boston is approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6707 for Mental Health Counselors. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Therapy Training Boston is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • This program is certified by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for 10 CEs for LMFT professional continuing education. Authorization #PC- 041388
  • This activity is approved for 10 Social Work Continuing Education hours for re-licensure in accordance with 258 CMR by the The National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter (NASW-MA) Authorization number D 91004-2 on behalf of the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions for LICSW/LCSW professional continuing education.
  • This activity is certified for 10 CE credits by Amego, Inc. (DBA Amego Prepare) on behalf of the American Psychological Association for Licensed Psychologists.

Please contact us for the status of social work CE approvals.

Read detailed information about CEs, here.

Cancelations and Refunds

No refunds are available for cancellations by participants regardless of the reason or time frame. If participants cancel 30 days or more prior to the event beginning, they may apply the fee to a future program. Workshops may be cancelled by Therapy Training Boston if minimum enrollment requirements are not met or in the case of other unexpected circumstances. If this occurs, a full refund will be provided.

Additional Information

Course content level: This workshop will provide important information for clinicians who are at an introductory or intermediate level of knowledge about working with difference. Advanced practitioners are welcome to attend the event to deepen their knowledge of the subject for practice, supervision, teaching, and administrative roles.

Target Audience: This offering is relevant to all helping professionals including but not limited to social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, marriage & family therapists.

Commercial support and conflicts of interest: There is no commercial support for this program.


For all event policies read this, detailed CE information here.