Course curriculum

    1. How to use this course

    1. Course Description and Learning Objective

    2. About the Instructor

    3. Continuing Education (CE) Information

    4. Course FAQ

    5. Disclaimer and Course Requirements

    1. Prep Quiz

    2. Slide Deck

    3. Art of Story Telling Replay

    4. References

    1. Directions for Quiz and Certificate

    2. Quiz

    3. Evaluation

    4. Before you Go...

About this course

  • 14 lessons

Course Description

Drawing on narrative and developmental theory and numerous psychotherapies, this workshop offers a unique and comprehensive introduction to understanding and utilizing stories in psychotherapy. As humans, narrative is central to our communication, our cognition, and our memory. Even our understanding of ourselves is storied. As a result, the coin of psychotherapy is narrative. Despite the ubiquity of narrative, most of us receive very little education in the structure of narrative and its application to psychotherapy. Through explanation, exercises, discussion, and demonstration, this workshop will incorporate an introduction to narrative theory, including the parts and patterns of the story, the developmental psychology of the story, and change processes in narrative and psychotherapy. Case examples and opportunities to practice are offered throughout.


Participants will practice recognizing the parts of the narrative in clinical vignettes. With an understanding of the parts and dynamics of the story, we will turn our attention to life stories, foundational stories, and their relationship to the self. Through explanation and brief exercises, participants will also gain an introduction to the developmental psychology of narrative.

All of our life stories have evolved in a family crucible, and family is a microcosm of culture. Each of us clinicians has our own foundational and life stories. We will examine the underpinnings of these in an exercise of mapping family influences on our own narrative, then use that map in self-supervision.


Given our storied organization, all psychotherapies must deal with narrative. Only a few do so directly. Most therapies do so implicitly, focusing on only a limited number of aspects of the story. With an understanding of narrative theory and narrative development, we will then discuss the narrative scaffolding that connects diverse theories and modes of psychotherapy. From here we will turn to an understanding of universal processes of change. We will examine ways to change stories, and we will broaden our understanding and use of different therapies to impact differing aspects of both foundational and life stories. We will then apply what we have learned about change processes and narrative to an introduction to the psychotherapy of trauma. The result allows attendees to expand their own approach; or to craft an integrative approach based upon narrative. Participants will come away with greater ease and more tools to help clients change the problematic stories they live.


Brief Description:

Narrative Psychotherapy is a transformative approach that recognizes the power of storytelling in shaping our lives. This course delves into the principles, techniques, and applications of Narrative Psychotherapy, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to facilitate change and co-create new narratives with their clients. Through case studies, discussions, and practical exercises, participants will gain a deep understanding of how narrative interventions can lead to profound personal growth and healing.


This is an intermediate-level course and there are no specific prerequisites for this course. The course is open to social workers and other mental health professionals, students, and individuals interested in gaining knowledge and skills related to Narrative Therapy. 

 Learning Objectives & Agenda


  • Understand the theoretical foundations and key principles of Narrative Psychotherapy.

  • Learn techniques for externalizing problems, deconstructing dominant narratives, and facilitating meaning-making and re-authoring.

  • Explore the role of the therapist as a collaborator and the importance of creating a safe therapeutic space.

  • Gain proficiency in utilizing narrative techniques, such as externalizing conversations, re-authoring questions, mapping influences, and rich descriptions.

  • Examine the applications of Using Writing Hip Hop in Narrative Psychotherapy in individual, family, and group therapy settings.


Outline (2 hour breakdown)

  • 0:00-0:05: Trainer Introduction + Learning objectives

  • 0:05-0:30: 

    • Understand the theoretical foundations and key principles of Narrative Psychotherapy.

    • Learn techniques for externalizing problems, deconstructing dominant narratives, and facilitating meaning-making and re-authoring.


  • 0:30-0:60

    • Explore the role of the therapist as a collaborator and the importance of creating a safe therapeutic space.

    • Gain proficiency in utilizing narrative techniques, such as externalizing conversations, re-authoring questions, mapping influences, and rich descriptions.

    • 1:00-1:10:

    • Examine the applications of Using Writing Hip Hop in Narrative Psychotherapy in individual, family, and group therapy settings.

  • 1:10-1:20: Break

  • 1:20-1:35: 

  • Develop practical skills through case studies and experiential exercises.

    Identify strategies for establishing safety and healing

  • 1:35-1:45: Conclusion + Summary

    1:45-1:55: Questions & Answers

  • 2:00-2:15: Closing & Evaluation



Lead Trainer

Executive Director Sharea Farmer, LCSW

Sharea Farmer is the Founder and Executive Director of RS Counseling & Wellness with over 15 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker. Her expertise in both clinical and administration has allowed her to work in the private and public sectors as an advocate for employee wellness, Diversity & Inclusion, Race Equity, and Trauma-Informed Practices. Her unique practice that focuses on empowerment and education creates transformative wellness for her clients that range from executive leadership teams to supervisors to staff. RS Wellness has developed employee resilience plans and trauma-informed care programs for state and public health agencies, as well as educational groups, both locally and nationally. Sharea received a BA in Sociology from Rider University and a Master’s of Social Work from Rutgers. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers where she’s been teaching since 2014. She is on the World Childhood Foundation Advisory Board for a two-year term from 2021-2023. On the board, she’ll have the chance to use the Equity & Inclusion lens to determine program eligibility for funding in the area of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse of children. Sharea lives in New Jersey with her husband. She enjoys all things basketball, live NBA games, traveling, coloring, and spending time with family and friends. Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the States of New Jersey #44SC05650200

Certificates will be awarded after completion of the full Webinar and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/23 to 2/28/2026  Social workers completing this course receive 3-clinical continuing education credits. 

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Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP):

Radiant Sunshine has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7371. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

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