Using narrative therapy to enable children, families and professionals to seek what is important in their lives

This event is fully booked. 

This workshop offers an introduction to externalisation, a way of creating separation between the person and the ‘problem’, and provide an approach to structuring conversations, which connect people with what is important to them in their lives. The workshop will include examples from professional practice to illustrate the application of narrative therapy to work within educational psychology.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/tea and coffee 
10:00 Workshop starts 
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


Narrative therapy is a respectful non-blaming approach to therapy, which seeks to centre people as experts in their own lives. One of the key principles of narrative therapy is that skills and knowledges of living are not located internally, inside people’s identities, but are instead the products of history and culture. There is always context in which stories of our lives are formed. This context contributes to the interpretations and meanings we give to events.

This workshop offers the opportunity to consider this story metaphor in therapy. Lives are seen as multi-storied and by reflecting on how stories fit with what is of value to individuals, re-storying can begin to re-shape lives.  This is particularly significant for those individuals where the dominant story is a negative one.    

Participants may be interested in reading the first two chapters in ‘What is Narrative Therapy ‘ by Alice Morgan (ISBN0957792905) before attending.

Target audience

Psychologists who are working with children, young people, families and schools and particularly those working within education.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

Participants will:

  • Be given an introduction to narrative therapy
  • Explore significant principles that inform narrative therapy
  • Consider how narrative practices could be part of professional practice
  • Be provided with an introduction to re-storying and externalisation
  • Be given a starting point for further exploration of narrative therapy

Facilitator: Dr Charmian Hobbs CPsychol AFBPsS 

Charmian Hobbs has worked as an educational psychologist in a number of Local Authorities across England and has contributed to the initial training programme for educational psychologists at Newcastle University since 1998. Her interest in narrative therapy has developed over many years and she has been involved in delivering an educational psychology service using narrative therapy and training other professionals in developing their understanding of this way of working.

Booking information


  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £78 (£65 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £54 (£45 + VAT)

From 14 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £90 (£75 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £62.50 (£52.08 + VAT) 

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii (studying in the UK and not subject to income tax), Rule 21 (retired) members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book:

This event is fully booked. 

Mon, 25/02/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925

Division of Educational and Child Psychology & BPS Learning Centre