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Our Mandate


The Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy is offering ongoing narrative therapy certificate and CE approved skilled based narrative workshops in the Trondheim and Oslo, Norway. Our hope is to co-create a vibrant and highly skilled community of narrative therapists and - we look forward to our future collaborations with students, working therapists and supervisors.

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Our Background


The Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy was the first Narrative Therapy training centre in the Northern Hemisphere. We are excited to be joining Ottar Ness and the Centre for Collaborative Practices to offer participants certificate narrative therapy training intensives throughout the year and - throughout Norway.

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Our Faculty


Dr. Stephen Madigan (Canada), is the primary faculty for the Fall of 2014. Stephen is the Director of the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy and holds an MSW as well as an MSc and PhD in Couple and Family Therapy.

*The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) recently honored Stephen with their Distinguished Award for Innovative Practice in Couple and Family Therapy Theory and Practice.

* In 2011, the APA (American Psychological Association) published Stephen's book Narrative Therapy - theory and practice as the primer textbook on Narrative Therapy for all APA graduate school programs. The book is now on the APA best sellers list (which could not have been predicted as Stephen's book represents a full on critique of scientific modernist psychology!).

* The APA also filmed a six part ‘live session’ DVD teaching series of Stephen's couple and family therapy work entitled Narrative Therapy Through Time. The six part film series was supported by an eight person film crew.

* Stephen is the youngest Canadian to receive their doctorate in Couple and Family Therapy. While still in his early 30's (and with the assistance of Michael and Cheryl White), he opened the Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy in Vancouver, Canada as the first Narrative Therapy training site in the Northern Hemisphere.

Stephen hosts the annual Therapeutic Conversations conferences (www.therapeuticconversations.com), and currently teaches narrative therapy training workshops worldwide.

Joining Stephen throughtout 2015 will be faculty members Dr. Ottar Ness (Trondheim, Norway) and Dr. David Nylund (Sacramento, USA) The faculty members have published 6 books on narrative therapy - theory and practice and have collectively published over 60 narrative papers and spent over 28,000 hours of direct narrative therapy session hours with clients. Distinguished narrative therapy Associate Faculty members from all over the world will be invited as we grow forward to share their expertise. Read More

Contact Information

Centre for Collaborative Practices

Skolevegen 18, 7560 Vikhammer, Norway