Evanston Family Therapy Center
Yearlong Narrative Course 2020

With Jill Freedman and Gene Combs
Limited to 15 participants

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

Our yearlong narrative therapy program offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in narrative ideas and practice over the course of a year. The program includes 3 5-day intensive workshops in which you will explore the ideas through discussion, carefully crafted practice activities and interviews. Between these intensives, you will be reading articles and book chapters about narrative ideas and practice and trying out the ideas in your own context. You will meet monthly with 4 to 6 other participants and a facilitator via the internet to reflect on the readings and on your experience in using the practices. We will encourage you to continue these conversations and support each other through email and social media.

We will focus on:

  • Learning narrative practices and gaining skills through exercises and supervised interviews

  • Understanding the theoretical and philosophical positions that support narrative work

  • Appreciating the people we work with as the privileged authors of their own stories

  • Exploring the role of cultural norms and discourses, both in problematic stories and in preferred stories

  • Appreciating the importance of communities in which alternative stories can circulate and take on meaning

  • Approaching ethics as ways of being that we embody rather than as rules we must follow to avoid punishment

  • Focusing on particular problems and applications of the work tailored to the interests and contexts of group members

For more specific information on course content, see the descriptions of each of the three intensives it includes.

Masters Degree Option:

The yearlong course, with an additional module, counts toward completion of the Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work degree from Dulwich Centre and the University of Melbourne. If you enroll in the Masters program you will receive recognition of prior learning for “Advanced Narrative Skills Development.”

The extra module has two components: The first is to record 2 sessions of work, transcribing at least 15 minutes of each of those 2 sessions, and then to engage with a mentor in supervision around these 2 pieces of work.

The second component is to write a 5000 word report of a focused project in which you apply narrative ideas in your context over the course of the yearlong program.

Successful completion of the yearlong program along with the additional work and mentoring will mean that you can complete the Masters program with only one trip to Australia. For more information about the Dulwich Centre Masters program visit the Dulwich Centre website at: http://dulwichcentre.com.au/masters.

Although this module has been designed to satisfy some of the requirements of the Master program, it is available to any members of the yearlong program who desire this extra level of mentoring.


Early-bird registration (full payment received on or before November 25, 2019): 
$2,000 USD

Regular registration (payment received after November 25, 2019): 
$2,300 USD

Student registration (documentation of student status required): 
$1,700 USD

Masters Degree Option: 
$850 USD (in addition to registration tuition)

Payment plans and student rates are available. Please contact us if you are interested in setting up a payment plan, or would like to learn more about our student rates.

Payments: We accept payments by check, credit card, or bank transfer. Payment plans (installments) are available for regular and student tuition. 

Daily Schedule: Doors open at 9:00 am. We meet from 9:30am - 5:00pm (unless otherwise arranged by the group) with a 1 1/2 hour total break.

Location: 1212 1/2 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202. Street parking available. 

To Apply: A $300 deposit—which will be refunded if you are not accepted—is due as part of the application process. This will count toward your tuition. 

Please download this application and submit by e-mail to narrativetherapy@sbcglobal.net and pay the $300 deposit using the PayPal button on the Workshops and Trainings page.

You may also return your application with a $300 check to: Evanston Family Therapy Center, 1212 ½ Elmwood Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202.

If accepted to the program, we will contact you with next steps to pay tuition in full.

If you are interested in hearing from people who have participated in this training, please contact us and we can put you in touch.

Housing & Accommodations: Click here for information about where to stay while studying at EFTC.

**CECs: We are an approved provider of continuing education credits. 90 total (for six hours of training each day). Certificate of completion will be provided to each participant on final training date. (CECs) by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for social workers(LCSW/LSW), professional counselors (LPC/LCPC), and marriage and family therapists (MFT) and provide certificates of attendance for workshops and trainings. Please contact your local/state agency to determine the credit requirements for your individual state license.