Singapore University of Social Sciences

Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy (COU570)


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 January


  • 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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