Narrative in Psychotherapy

An integrative look at narrative-based approaches and ways to apply narrative in clinical practice

Video lectures coming soon, and in the meantime for those attending the Phoenix Center training, check out the course handout, narrative therapy e-book, and other included materials in the curriculum section below.

This is a Narrative Institute training, a component institute of PsychMaven

Several counseling and psychotherapeutic traditions employ narrative as a central component. Most notably is Narrative Family Therapy, which was jointly developed by psychotherapists Michael White and David Epston in the 1980s. Narrative Family Therapy holds that our identities are shaped by the accounts found in the “narratives” of our lives, both the stories we tell and ones that other people tell about us. Other important narrative approaches include the metaphor and storytelling interventions employed in Ericksonian therapies and the interest in myth and larger narrative themes as seen in Jungian Analysis. Narrative can also be integrated with other therapies such as CBT, Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Psychodynamic. This training will explore how narrative can be used in multiple ways in psychotherapeutic practice

Learning Objectives

  1. To explore the main philosophy and techniques in Narrative Family Therapy.
  2. To look at how Narrative Family Therapy can be combined with other narrative based approaches such as Ericksonian and Jungian Therapies.
  3. To discuss the use of narrative in other psychotherapeutic approaches; including Cognitive-Behavioral, Person-Centered, Gestalt, and Psychodynamic therapies.


Your Instructor


S. David Hall, PsyD
S. David Hall, PsyD

Dr. Stephen "David" Hall (PsyD, LMFT, LPC-MHSP-AS, CST, NCC) heads up content and direction as the "Chief Maven" of PsychMaven, which he founded in 2019. He has been working as a counselor/psychotherapist since 2005 and holds clinical licenses in Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. He has built up personal counseling practices in both Tennessee and Georgia, and in 2015 he led the start-up of an independent psychiatry clinic, Haven Family Psychiatry, and then built his current group practice, Haven Counseling Center. Dr. Hall maintains a counseling/psychotherapy caseload and supervises postgraduate therapists through his practice. In 2011, Dr. Hall founded the Narrative Institute to provide workshops and seminars on story-craft and applied narrative theory for therapists, other professionals, and the general public. Since then he has organized and taught professional continuing education and general trainings on narrative in psychotherapy, practice building, cultural trends, social dynamics of technology, professional ethics, and other mental health topics; having done live trainings throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. In 2019, the Narrative Institute became one of the founding component institutes of PsychMaven. Dr. Hall has also worked as a business and clinical consultant in recovery and treatment center start-ups, an adjunct graduate professor, and has served as the president of the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TNAMFT), the state division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). For more on Dr. Hall, visit www.davidhallpsych.com.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
For those attending this course with the Phoenix Center, it will be live on 10/23/2020 (visit www.PhoenixCenter.org for more information). And for the full course afterwards, access to this material is for 18 months after in enrollment.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as 18 months - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
For those who paid for this training through the Phoenix Center, all questions need to be directed towards them. If you made purchase directly with PsychMaven (or the Narrative Institute) and you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is closed for enrollment.