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EVANSTON FAMILY THERAPY CENTER

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Workshops & Training

Evanston Family Therapy Center has been dedicated to teaching narrative therapy for more than 2 decades. We keep groups small by design, with a maximum of 12 participants in our intensive workshops and year-long program. Our supervision groups are limited to 6 participants. We tailor our teaching to the contexts and interests of group members, as well as adjusting our programs to fit with how quickly participants acquire skills.

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

Continuing Education: We are an approved provider of continuing education credits (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.

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

To register online, click on "More Info / Register Here" or choose payment option at the bottom of the page. All online payments are processed through Paypal, a securely hosted site. To register offline, or for further information contact us.

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If you are interested in hearing from people who have participated in any of our workshops and trainings, please contact us and we can put you in touch.



2017


Advanced Intensive in Tuscany, Italy
with Jill Freedman and Gene Combs
Dates: October 1-7 (welcoming dinner October 1, departure October 7)
Limited to 15 participants

In October 2017 we will offer our seventh annual advanced intensive in an especially beautiful spot in the Tuscan countryside. Our friends, the Rossi family, will once again welcome us to their highly rated bed and breakfast, Podere Ponte a Nappo.

Location: Ponte A Nappo Bed & Breakfast, San Gimignano, Italy

Tuition: Early bird rate, $800 (ends July 15, 2017); regular rate, $900.

Continuing Education Credits: 30 total (for six hours of training each day). A certificate of completion will be provided to each participant on the final day of the training. See below for details on CECs.

We plan to join with up to 15 other experienced practitioners of narrative therapy just outside the ancient walls of San Gimignano, Italy for a 5-day intensive workshop. In the month before we meet we will correspond with participants to find out about the contexts they work in, the practices they are excited to learn more about, and the challenges they are facing in their practice. We will use this input to plan a set of experiences that meet as many specific requests, contexts, and challenges as we can in our time together. We will also share some of our newest work and provide structure for exercises and reflection.

We will meet for two 3-hour blocks each day, often in the gorgeously maintained gardens of the bed and breakfast. This will leave time for extended walks in the town or the countryside, visits to other hill towns, drives through the Chianti country, or just relaxing in the lush natural surroundings. Partners, family members, or traveling companions will be welcome to join us for meals and excursions.

We plan the course with the assumption that attendees have considerable familiarity and experience with narrative ideas and practices. If you are interested, contact us at 847-866-7879 or narrativetherapy@sbcglobal.net. We will correspond with you to get details about your background and experience to be sure that there is a good fit between our intentions and your desires.

Accommodations:

Accommodations are arranged by participants directly with - and paid to - the bed and breakfast in San Gimignano, Ponte a Nappo. For your registration to be complete, you must pay for accommodations through Ponte a Nappo. Let them know that you will be participating in the workshop with Jill and Gene.

Payment Details: Visit Ponte A Nappo's website here for accommodations payment online. For questions about the bed and breakfast or for any issues with payment online, contact info@rossicarla.it where either Francesco or Andrea will help you.

Once you have made accommodations, you can register.

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**We are an approved provider of continuing education credits (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. To determine the credit requirements for your professional license please contact your local agency.

 

Introduction to Narrative Therapy

with Gene Combs
Dates: September 8, 2017

This workshop will offer particiants an experience of the ideas and basic practices of narrative therapy. The focus will include the narrative metaphor, the post-structuralist worldview, facilitating externalizing conversations and some ways of storying experience. We will also consider what makes a question useful within narrative practice. The format will include discussion, demonstration, and exercises.

Because this intensive workshop is limited to 16 participants Gene can respond to the specific questions, interests and contexts of each group member.

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Yearlong Narrative Therapy Program 2017
with Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

Dates
: January 25-29, May 3-7, August 9-13
Limited to 12 participants - FULL


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. Your group will be meeting monthly via the internet to reflect on the readings and your experience in using the practices. We will encourage you to continue these conversations and support each other through email and social media. Each intensive will include other people who are there for only that single intensive, but your group will have time on its own, including a yearlong-only evening meeting, as well as the ongoing internet and social media meetings.

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, in both problematic stories and in preferred stories
• Appreciating the importance of recognizing and building communities in which alternative stories can circulate and take on meaning
• Approaching ethics as ways of being that we embody in bringing forth a just world (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 below 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. Download this flyer for more information about the Dulwich Centre Masters program, or 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.

Tuition:

Early-bird registration (full payment received on or before November 25, 2016):
$1,988 USD

Regular registration (payment received after November 25, 2016):
$2,200 USD

Student registration (documentation of student status required):
$1,788 USD

Masters Degree Option:
$750 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.

Application:

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 below.

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.

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INDIVIDUAL INTENSIVES

Level 1 Intensive - FULL
January 25-29, 2017


We have designed this small-group intensive workshop to immerse you in narrative ideas and give you hands-on experience with narrative ways of working. The format is informal and highly interactive, so you will have lots of chances to practice putting the ideas into action. In addition to exercises and supervised practice, Jill and Gene will demonstrate the work through videotape and live interviews. Topics for the week will include:

• Thinking in terms of the narrative metaphor
• Engaging in conversations that externalize problems
• Understanding problems in terms of their political and cultural contexts
• Asking questions to generate experience and develop stories
• Using documents, letters, and teams to spread the news of preferred developments
• Moving from problems to preferred stories

Because this intensive workshop is limited to 12 participants Jill and Gene can respond to the specific questions, interests and contexts of each group member.

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Level 2 Intensive - FULL
May 3-7, 2017


We have designed this one week intensive training for people who have already attended a Level 1 Intensive or its equivalent and would like to more richly develop their knowledge and skills of narrative therapy. Areas we will address include:

• Working with multiple ways of moving from problematic to preferred stories, including asking about the absent but implicit and initiatives and agency
• Creating documents and linking lives to enhance the development of preferred stories
• Developing experience-near questions to expose normalizing judgments and discourses
• Using narrative ideas in a variety of contexts — individual, couple, and family therapy, and community work
• Weaving practices together in ways that center those we work with
• Slowing down interviews to explore the effects of different practices and to expand our understanding of the micro-practices of narrative therapy.

Our methods will include skill-building exercises, reviewing videos and transcripts, engaging in interviews together, and group discussion. Because this intensive workshop is limited to 12 participants Jill and Gene can respond to the questions, interests and contexts of each group member.

More Info

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Level 3 Intensive - 1 place left
August 9-13, 2017


The Level 3 Intensive is for people who have already attended Level 1 and Level 2 Intensives or the equivalent. The primary purpose of this intensive is polishing skills and extending practice. We will be interested in the questions, dilemmas, interests and challenges that each participant brings and we will plan practice activities to respond to these. Because each Level 3 Intensive is tailored for the particular participants, it is different each time. Many people come to several Level 3 Intensives to reflect on their practice at different times and to work with new challenges as they arise.

Because this intensive workshop is with a small group Jill and Gene can respond to the questions, interests and contexts of each group member.

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2016



Introduction to Narrative Therapy
October 14, 2016

This workshop will offer particiants an experience of the ideas and basic practices of narrative therapy. The focus will include the narrative metaphor, the post-structuralist worldview, facilitating externalizing conversations and some ways of storying experience. We will also consider what makes a question useful within narrative practice. The format will include discussion, demonstration, and exercises.

Because this intensive workshop is limited to 16 participants Jill and Gene can respond to the specific questions, interests and contexts of each group member.

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Yearlong Narrative Program 2016
with Jill Freedman and Gene Combs

Dates
: February 3-7, April 6-10, June 22-26
Limited to 12 participants

The group will meet in three 5-day blocks over the course of the year. In between on-site meetings, participants will read about narrative ideas and practices, try them out in their own contexts and consult with each other and a mentor online. Each five days of intensive experience will be followed by time for reflecting, reading, and trying out ideas before our next intensive together. The small group size of 12 participants is a unique feature of our program that ensures carefully supervised practice.

Our focus will include:

  • 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


More Info

INDIVIDUAL INTENSIVES

Level 1 Intensive
February 3-7, 2016

We have designed this small-group intensive workshop to immerse you in narrative ideas and give you hands-on experience with narrative ways of working. The format is informal and highly interactive, so you will have lots of chances to practice putting the ideas into action. In addition to exercises and supervised practice, Jill and Gene will demonstrate the work through videotape and live interviews. Topics for the week will include:

  • Thinking in terms of the narrative metaphor
  • Engaging in conversations that externalize problems
  • Understanding problems in terms of their political and cultural contexts
  • Asking questions to generate experience
  • Using documents, letters, and teams to spread the news of preferred developments
  • Moving from problems to preferred stories
Because this intensive workshop is limited to 12 participants Jill and Gene can respond to the specific questions, interests and contexts of each group member. 

 

Level 2 Intensive
April 6-10, 2016

We have designed this one week intensive training for people who have already attended a Level One intensive or its equivalent and would like to more richly develop their knowledge and skills of narrative therapy. Because we limit attendance to a small group, we can tailor this skill-building workshop to the interests and contexts of each group member. Areas we will address include:

  • Working with multiple ways of moving from problematic to preferred stories, including asking about the absent but implicit and initiatives and agency
  • Creating documents and linking lives to enhance the development of preferred stories
  • Developing experience-near questions to expose normalizing judgments and discourses
  • Using narrative ideas in a variety of contexts — individual, couple, and family therapy, and community work
  • Weaving practices together in ways that follow the preferences of those we work with
  • Slowing down interviews to explore the effects of different practices and to expand our understanding of the micro-practices of narrative therapy.

Our methods will include skill-building exercises, reviewing videos and transcripts, engaging in interviews together, and group discussion. Because this intensive workshop is limited to 12 participants Jill and Gene can respond to the questions, interests and contexts of each group member.

 

Advanced Intensive in Tuscany, Italy
with Jill Freedman and Gene Combs
DatesSeptember 19-23, 2016
Limited to 12 participants — FULL

Location: Ponte A Nappo Bed & Breakfast, San Gimignano, Italy
Tuition: Early bird rate, $800 (ends July 1, 2016); regular rate, $900.
Accommodations: Arranged directly with - and paid to - Ponte A Nappo Bed & Breakfast. More information below under "Accommodations."
CECs**: 30 total (for six hours of training each day). Certificate of completion will be provided to each participant on the final day of the training. See below for more details on CECs.

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Tuscany has always been a special place for us. In September 2016 we will offer our sixth annual advanced intensive in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Our friends, the Rossi family, have made their highly rated bed and breakfast, Podere Ponte a Nappo, exclusively available for this workshop.

We plan to join with up to 12 other experienced practitioners of narrative therapy just outside the ancient walls of San Gimignano, Italy for a 5-day intensive workshop. In the month before we meet we will correspond with participants to find out about the contexts they work in, the practices they are excited to learn more about, the dilemmas and struggles they are encountering, and the challenges they are facing in their practice. We will use this input to plan our time together. Additionally, we will share our newest work and ideas and provide different structures for practice activities and reflection.

We will meet for two 3-hour blocks each day, often in the lovely gardens of the bed and breakfast, leaving time for extended walks in the town or the countryside, visits to other hill towns, drives through the Chianti country, or just relaxing in the beautiful surroundings. Your guests are welcome to join for meals and excursions.

We teach the course from the assumption that attendees have familiarity and experience with narrative ideas and practices. While the course is not designed to teach the basic work, we do correspond with participants so they can work with specific people's requests, contexts, and challenges.

Contact us at 847-866-7879 or narrativetherapy@sbcglobal.net with details about your background and experience to see if you would be a good fit for this training, or if you have any other questions about the intensive.

**We are an approved provider of continuing education credits (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.

Accommodations

Accommodations are arranged by participants directly with - and paid to - the bed and breakfast in San Gimignano, Ponte a Nappo. For your registration to be complete, you must pay for accommodations through Ponte a Nappo. Let them know that you will be participating in the workshop with Jill and Gene.

Payment Details: Visit Ponte A Nappo's website here for accommodations payment online. For questions about the bed and breakfast or for any issues with payment online, contact Francesco @ info@rossicarla.it.



Supervision & Consultation
We offer supervision and consultation to individuals, groups, and agencies by personal arrangement. Contact us if you are interested.