Singapore University of Social Sciences

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy (COU570)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Narrative Therapy course is designed for those interested in narrative practices with individual(s) and couples in therapy. This course will feature a review of key narrative ideas and practices, including recent developments in narrative therapy: externalising conversations, re-authoring conversations, outsider-witness practices, remembering conversations, listening for alternative storylines, and documenting change.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • What is Narrative Therapy?
  • Origins of Narrative Therapy
  • Theoretical and Practice Innovations
  • Understanding and Living Lives through Stories
  • Fundamentals of Narrative Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy as Systemic and Flexible Stance
  • Boundaries of Narrative Therapy
  • Externalising Conversations
  • Re-authoring Conversations
  • Re-membering Conversations
  • Definitional Ceremonies
  • Conversations that Highlight Unique Outcomes
  • Scaffolding Conversations

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the theoretical concepts and framework underpinning narrative therapy
  • Create key narrative ideas and practices in narrative therapy in local context
  • Propose the integration of recent developments in narrative therapy to a given clinical context
  • Construct the basic clinical skills needed in narrative therapy in local context
  • Plan strategies to gain competencies in narrative therapy skills
  • Design the narrative therapy technique(s)/skills appropriately in an individual or couple session
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