Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center


Jul 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Loyola Hall
Cost : $140

An Introduction to Narrative Therapy: A Poststructural Approach


Course # - CPSY x561
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6

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Course Objectives:

  • Introduce students to a historical development of narrative ideas.
  • Introduce students to an understanding of personality theory, problem development, and theory of change from this perspective.
  • Introduce students to a different way of thinking about clients and their difficulties
  • Introduce students to specific practices that flow from the theory.
  • Learning ways of thinking that can promote a co-researching of possibilities with any client.
  • Introduce students to a historical development of narrative ideas.

Course Description:

This workshop details an approach to working with clients that consider problems as an effect of cultural discourse.  The thinking is non-pathologizing and empowering.  The clinical practice opens space for working collaboratively with the client and promotes a stance of respect and curiosity.  The class, which uses video and class interaction, allows for novel conceptualizations that promote co-researching possibilities with any client population.  The workshop has four major topic areas: 1) understanding postmodern / poststructural / social constructionist epistemologies and discourse theory, through personal connection to theory and discourse, theoretical understandings and an exercise in anti-pathologizing, 2) narrative metaphor with maps for understanding, 3) narrative practices, involving externalizing conversations / effects and preferences (often absent but implicit) and 4) applications (identities and protest)
This course is part of our Advanced Psychotherapy Theory certificate program.


Victoria C. Dickerson Ph.D., is a world renowned teacher of narrative ideas and practices.  She has taught locally at Santa Clara University, San José State University, University of San Francisco, and John F. Kennedy University.  She has started two training centers, a mental health internet site, and has written and published widely (including two books) on narrative ideas.  Her most recent publication is an article in a special issue of Family Process on couples (March 2013) entitled "Patriarchy, Power, and Privilege: A Poststructural/Narrative View of Work with Couples"--
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Hannah Rogers
(408) 551-1787
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