Workshops & Training

At Evanston Family Therapy Center we have been dedicated to teaching narrative therapy for more than two decades. We keep groups small by design so that we can tailor our teaching to the interests and learning style of each group member.

Our ongoing programs are taught by Jill Freedman and Gene Combs. We also host guest faculty from time to time. In addition to Michael White and David Epston, David Denborough, Vicki Dickerson, Jim Duvall, Vanessa Jackson, Bill Madsen, Cheryl White, and Karen Young have all presented here in recent years. Our current offerings for workshops and trainings are below.

 

Scholarships

We wish to remove the financial barriers that often lead to racialized outcomes and the continued centering of voices from privileged groups, which further silences already-marginalized groups. 

Full and part scholarships are available for individuals facing financial challenges and members of groups that are historically or presently systematically marginalized or excluded on the basis of race or ethnicity. This includes people with family histories of enslavement, land theft, and/or genocide. 

If you are from the communities mentioned above, please contact us directly. Your presence is important to us, and we want to work with you to ensure there is a seat for you at the table. 

2019 Offerings

Introduction to Narrative Therapy

With Jill Freedman & Gene Combs
Date: September 13, 2019
Limited to 15 people

Advanced Intensive in Tuscany

with Jill Freedman and Gene Combs
Dates: September 28-October 3, 2019 (welcoming dinner September 27, departure October 4)
Limited to 15 participants

 

Solidarity Groups and Justice-Doing in Community Work

with Vikki Reynolds

Date: October 11, 2019

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This workshop is informed by a spirit of solidarity and social justice activism. Vikki will illuminate her stance for an ethic of Justice Doing as a frame for community work and therapy, and consider the intersections, tensions and affinities between community work practice and social justice activism that encompasses: centering ethics, doing solidarity, addressing power, fostering collective sustainability, critically engaging with language and structuring safety. We will engage with our own stances for ethical practice, and participate in a Solidarity Group with an intention of “walking our talk” and opening up our collective work to a hopeful skepticism that questions the ethics alive in our practice.

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website: www.vikkireynolds.ca

2020 Offerings

Yearlong Training in Narrative Therapy

with Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

Dates: January 15 - 19, June 10 - 14, September 9 - 13

Limited to 15 participants