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Monday, February 7th 2022 - Tuesday, February 8th 2022

Less Pain More Gain: Narrative Therapy Approaches to Trauma

Angel Yuen
presented by Narrative Therapy Centre

10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time | Convert to your time zone here
‘I thought I was supposed to dig deep in order to resolve my abuse’

‘I just thought that in order to start feeling better that it had to get worse first. I thought because I have never talked about this [sexual abuse] with anyone before, that I needed to tell you and ‘finally get it out’. And that is was all just part of the therapy process.’

‘As they say…no pain no gain!’?

(Yuen, 2009. p. 10-11)

Do any of these statements sound familiar? It’s not uncommon for people suffering from the consequences of trauma to take on such taken-for-granted understandings of the trauma healing process. But what if we were to consider an alternative notion? How about less pain, more gain?

Narrative Therapy approaches assist people in reclaiming their lives from the effects of trauma and suggest that there is always another story. These are often subordinated stories of connection, hope, cherished values, acts of resistance, skills in living and the many unacknowledged ways in which people respond to hardship.

This online training over two days will:

• provide an overview of the ideas that shape Narrative Therapy
• explore the taken-for-granted understandings of trauma and PTSD
• challenge the ‘no pain no gain’ trauma healing discourse
• offer ways to engage in conversations about trauma that are not retraumatizing
• discover people’s responses to violence and oppression

Multiple modes of learning will be used to facilitate this online event including practice-based narrative exercises, video, breakout rooms and wider discussion.

About the facilitator...

Angel Yuen works as a narrative therapist in alternative practice in Durham region. She is also a faculty member and narrative supervisor for the NTC of Toronto, and a member of Dulwich Centre international faculty in Adelaide, Australia. Her previous work for over twenty years was school social work at the TDSB. Angel has worked alongside persons of all ages to assist them in moving from stories of depression to preferred identity stories.

Angel is the author of the 2019 book Pathways beyond despair: Re-authoring lives of young people through narrative therapy’ , and she is co-editor with Cheryl White of the 2007 book Conversations about gender, culture, violence and narrative practice: Stories of hope and complexity from

Early rate $155 until January 14, 2022 - Regular rate $180 thereafter

Register here .

Email: [email protected]


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