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Stories That Shape Our Lives: Narrative Practice in Action

Stories That Shape Our Lives: Narrative Practice in Action

Date: 1st April 2020

Facilitator: Kath Reid


Workshop Duration:

2 Consecutive days (Wednesday & Thursday 1 - 2 April 2020)

Workshop Time:

9:30am – 16:30pm each day


Fee: $440.00 including morning tea, all associated handouts and a certificate of attendance.


Workshop Venue:

Lighthouse Resources Upstairs Training Room

Kyabra Street, RUNCORN, QLD. 4113

Target Group:

This workshop is suitable for anyone with either a little knowledge of Narrative Practice, and/or for those who would like to reinvigorate their knowledge. This could include Case Managers, Counsellors, Youth Workers, Guidance Officers, Support Workers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, Occupation Therapists, and/or Workers from the field of disability, housing, domestic violence, child protection, education, health and mental health.


What is Narrative Practice?

Narrative Practice seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.

Workshop Outline:

This two day workshop will explore underpinning values, beliefs and assumptions of Narrative Practice.

During the workshop stories that shape people’s lives will be unpacked and Narrative Practice ideas will come alive with a range of practice stories and live demonstrations. Participants will have a chance to experiment and play with how to define an issue or a problem in a way that separates the person from the problem.

The workshop will be an opportunity to step away from the busyness of our work, to reflect on how we can work with our clients in ways that enable them re-connect with what is important to them and to assist them to step closer to their preferred ways of living (despite the problems they might be facing in their lives). 

Workshop Outcomes:

At the completion of the workshop participants will have:

  • Identified and explored the key concepts of Narrative Practice
  • Been introduced to defining issues in ways that separates the person from the problem.
  • Explored how we position ourselves in the work to centre client’s knowledge
  • Refined our listening skills to listen for alternative story lines
  • Clarified how to work in conversational partnership with our clients to notice and richly describe positive developments in their lives, to co-construct alternative stories
  • Explored ways to notice and celebrate change via therapeutic letter writing and certificates
  • Considered the relevance of Narrative Practice in their own work and explored how these ideas could be applied to make a difference in the lives of the people they work with.



Here is some of the great feedback we received about this event:

  • The presenter was very well researched and delivered well in an unassuming but very knowledgeable approach
  • I really enjoyed the experiential learning, presentations and the useful, practical handouts
  • Kath was great: a knowledgeable, experienced presenter who could explain simply the complex concepts – thank you
  • Fantastic workshop with a engaged group of practitioners and a motivated and passionate leader
  • Thanks so much, I really enjoyed the workshop style, knowledge and experience.

Facilitator Bio:

Kath Reid trained as a social worker. She has been intrigued by narrative ideas for a number of years. She has completed the Graduate Diploma of Narrative Therapy offer by the Dulwich Centre and more recently undertaken family therapy studies. Over the last 14 year’s Kath has worked for both government and non-government organisations. Some of Kath’s therapeutic practice has seen her working with children and young people who have significant trauma and abuse, women reclaiming their lives from domestic violence, families who have experienced state intervention, young women who have experienced sexual violence and women living with the effects of eating issues. She brings a commitment to contextualize the problems that people face. Kath has enjoyed the challenge of finding creative and collaborative ways of working with children, young people, adults and groups to make more visible their skills and knowledge in the face of some significant problems. Kath has also enjoyed co-creating spaces of learning, to share strengths based and narrative ideas in experiential ways.

Workshop Cancellations:

By completing and submitting this registration form, you are indicating your intention to attend this workshop and you will be liable for the full fee as indicated.

If you are unable to attend the workshop for any reason, fail to attend without notice or cancel your registration payment will not be refunded.

Workshops occasionally need to be cancelled due to insufficient participant numbers. Should this be necessary, we will notify you as soon as possible and a full refund will be given.


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