Kenwood Center Fall Intensive


Day 1: Evidence Based Narrative Practice:
In Therapy, Forensics, Consulting and Community Work (6.5 CEUs)

Presenters: Walter Bera, PhD, LP, LMFT, and Kenwood Center Staff

Date: Wednesday, Oct 22nd 2014

Time: 9:00am-4:30 pm

Place: Minnesota Church Center, 122 Franklin Ave W. Minneapolis, MN 55404


Narrative Therapy has become an established and widely recognized set of ideas and practices for working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple, family and community contexts for a wide range of serious problems.

Walter will share his, and his colleagues experiences, in the development of what may be called “Evidence-Based Narrative Practice” which began with his first introduction to narrative ideas and practices after a Michael White (co-founder of Narrative Therapy) workshop in 1991. Walter immediately began to employ these ideas and practices in his roles as a licensed psychologist, family therapist, counselor and consultant in a variety of court, legal, policy and organizational settings addressing clergy and professional sexual misconduct of youth and vulnerable adults.

As a result, Walter has worked with hundreds of people who have experienced or initiated significant sexual, physical or emotional trauma, with narrative ideas and practices often under the “gaze” of legal, social service systems and professional organizations. Experiencing the successes of the innovative and creative approaches of narrative ideas and practices furthered his resolve to study, train and be been involved and consult in dozens of narrative therapy studies, evaluations and research trials.

Narrative Therapy and its ideas and practices are now considered the best-practice and widely supported in the areas of work with child abuse investigation, court assessments, trauma work with war veterans, and is widely recognized and supported by government, social service, mental health, insurance, hospital, community development, Native American and government organizations in Minnesota. Participants will learn the Narragram, which provides a visualization and accessible conceptual framework of Narrative Therapy that can assist clients, therapists, organizations and researchers, across a variety of cultures, languages and contexts.

Kenwood Center therapist, Erin Schoenecker will share and answer questions of how she has come to understand and continue to develop such Collaborative Narrative Therapy practices in a clinic setting. You will be invited to build on our Narrative community’s collective learning and move toward creative and innovative approaches to common dilemmas in practice.

Learn ethical, respectful, honoring and Evidence-Based Collaborative Narrative approaches and the use of Narrative Forms for creative approaches to assessment, diagnosis, treatment plans, charting, insurance, reports and more! Using the Narragram and Narrative Forms with videotaped examples and interactive narrative practice, participants will leave with increased energy, confidence, and practical skills and methods to enrich their personal and professional lives.

Register for Day 1 Here

Day 2: The Narrative Toolkit:
Asking Narrative Questions and Working with Narragrams
(6.5 CEUs)

Presenters: Walter Bera, PhD, LP, LMFT, and Hillary Manning, BA, NI

Date: Thursday, Oct 23nd 2014

Time: 9:00am-4:30 pm

Place: Minnesota Church Center, 122 Franklin Ave W. Minneapolis, MN 55404


This workshop is designed as a quick-start guide to narrative conversations. With this skill-building goal in mind, the primary focus of this workshop will be on practice and exercises.

The day will highlight how Narrative Practices influence the way clinicians conceptualize their therapeutic relationships, and how they speak with their clients. These conceptual differences “re-position” the clinician’s relationship with the client and the presenting problems that invite creative, respectful and transformative experiences toward “re-authoring lives and relationships.”

These approaches will be explored through theory, discussion, and video clips. In this interactive workshop, participants will have ample opportunity to practice in multiple fun and comfortable ways with their fellow clinicians. Participants will experience the ideas fueling Narrative Practice, become familiar with the language and techniques, and see how these techniques could be practically integrated with their life and work.

Register for Day 2 Here


Day 3: Sexualities, Traumas and Diversity:
Awareness and Helpful Practices in the Internet Age (6.5 CEUs)

Presenters: Walter Bera, PhD, LP, LMFT, Sherry Merriam, MA, LPC, and Doug Petrie, MA

Date: Friday, Oct 24nd 2014

Time: 9:00am-4:30 pm

Place: Minnesota Church Center, 122 Franklin Ave W. Minneapolis, MN 55404


We live in a time of revolutionary change as the Internet has brought new awareness of the poly-cultural worlds of sexualities, traumas and diversity. Participants will become aware of the complexities of these emerging worlds that can be liberating or pornofied. Childhood sexual abuse and perpetration is emerging in new ways and taken-for-granted assumptions of sexuality, gender and relationship are changing rapidly.

Please note that this is an advanced and challenging workshop as one learns of the pervasiveness of sexualized experiences across the lifespan, and the emergence of multiple sexualities and relational practices.

Participants will learn new, innovative and creative therapy approaches for working with those who have experienced complex sexual experiences. Collaborative Narrative Therapy and Transformative Justice approaches and practices can lead you to experience new enthusiasm in your life and work, while you provide new possibilities for the multiple parties affected by past sexual abuse. You will learn new paradigms and skills to overcome the common dilemmas facing therapists, social service workers and criminal justice professionals.

The workshop will be illustrated with actual clinical videotapes that span 30 years of work as well as case studies, detailed handouts and role-plays for working with children, adolescents or adults who have perpetrated or experienced incest, child molestation, sexual compulsivity, and more. Past participants of this highly rated workshop have found it both profound and pragmatic, providing fresh ideas and practices they can begin to use immediately to renew their lives and work.

• Collaborative Narrative Therapy
–Narrative Therapy is the newest major school of therapy. People make meaning of their lives and of events such as abuse, in the form of narrative. Such stories are constitutive of people’s identities, realities and lives. Narrative Therapy can help people overcome abuse, trauma, shame and powerlessness, and it can invite people to stand up to abuse and its effects on themselves and others. Also you will come to understand how Narrative Therapy for trauma is informed by the work of Lev Vygotsky and William James.
–Learn how to coordinate therapy collaboratively with those who have perpetrated and those who have been abused in a step-wise, coordinated, legally and ethically sensitive way. You will learn how to collaborate with all concerned parties: family members, relatives, friends, communities and the involved social and criminal justice workers. Learn how such an approach empowers all parties concerned to have more complete assessment, therapy, closure and accountability while minimizing additional trauma, relapse and therapy costs.

•Transformative Justice Therapy
- Help people address the experience of injustice and betrayal as a result of sexual abuse as by providing, where possible, full accountability, information, clarification, closure and justice. More than restoring the relationships to pre-abuse status (impossible and often unwanted), but transforms the parties involved to more fully prevent abuse in the future and live new positive lives and relationships.

Register for Day 3 Here


Narrative Therapy Certificate Program: A brand new season of training,

launched with Narragrams 3.0.

Event: Certificate Program includes the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Date: NT Small Group training typically is held for 6 sessions on the 2nd Friday and/or Saturday of the month, starting with in November 2014 and ending April 2015. Participants are only required to attend EITHER Friday or Saturday sessions, not both. Sessions will be held on the following days:

November 7th or 8th, 2014

December 5th or 6th, 2014

January 9th or 10th, 2015

February 6th or 7th, 2015

March 6th or 7th, 2015

April 10th or 11th, 2015

Time: 9:00am-12:30 pm

Place: Kenwood Center and via Skype