Upcoming workshops

Online workshop (2 hours)

Playful inspirations in online therapy or counselling with children, youngsters and their families

Sabine Vermeire

3 Sept 9.30 – 11.30 – Only a few places left

Last time for applications to be considered, Wednesday 26 August 6.00pm

Cost:  £20 + VAT = £24. (No self-funding discount)

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Sabine Vermeire is an extremely engaging presenter and a very creative worker and we are very pleased to welcome her back to present this webinar which she has already presented for a Belgian audience a number of times.

In these Coronavirus times, playing and doing with children in mental health services or social services seems to be restricted. A question that keeps us busy is how can we still connect with them online without losing our playfulness. I will demonstrate a number of creative ideas and maps to work with the problems, obstacles and constraints on the agenda. While exploring these online in a collaborative way the children’s skills, knowledge and involvements can be made visible and their ‘sense of agency’ can be enhanced. At Interactie Academie we try to involve parents or the network online by playfully changing conversational settings. Please keep colour pens, coffee spoons and sugar cubes, Lego blocks,… at hand and taste the possibilities!

This webinar is a new venture for INT and will be conducted on Zoom.  You will not be asked to share any information about your work online. Pre-registration with Zoom will be mandatory meaning that no-one who has not registered and been approved by INT will have access to the meeting invitation.

Details for registration on Zoom for this workshop will not be sent until INT has received your payment.  After the webinar you will be issued with a certificate of attendance which will include a receipt for this payment.

There will be a maximum of 25 to make the webinar manageable.  If there are more applicants than can be accommodated we will schedule further dates.

Sabine Vermeire is a narrative and systemic inspired psychotherapist working at The Interactie-Academie in Antwerp, Belgium. She specialises in working with children, youngsters, adults, couples and families within marginalised positions, using creative and playful ways when speaking becomes difficult. The combination of working as psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and author creates a rich cross-pollination for her ongoing journey to offer counterweight to fixed, dominant and problem saturated stories.

Solidarity and Justice-Doing in Community Work and Therapy


Apologies for any inconvenience. Replacement dates to follow in due time.

A workshop with Vikki Reynolds

London, Manchester and Edinburgh, May 2020

London: May 11 & 12 2020
£230 + VAT, 20% off for self-funders

Manchester: May 14 & 15 2020
£230 + VAT, 20% off for self-funders

Edinburgh: May 18 2020
£160 + VAT, 20% off for self-funders

Those of you who attended Vikki’s workshops in UK in 2018 will be thrilled to hear that she is returning in 2020 to present for us again.

As previously she will present a 2-day workshop in London and Manchester and a 1-day workshop in Edinburgh.


This workshop is informed by a spirit of solidarity and social justice activism.  Vikki will illuminate her stance for an ethic of Justice-Doing as a frame for community work and for therapy. She will consider the intersections, tensions and affinities between community work practice and social justice activism that encompasses centering ethics, doing solidarity, addressing power, fostering collective sustainability, critically engaging with language and structuring safety. We will engage with our own stances for ethical practice, and participate in a Solidarity Group with the intention of “walking our talk” and opening up our collective work to a hopeful skepticism that questions the ethics alive in our practice.

This workshop will help participants:

  • consider how to promote dignifying and generative supervision groups for therapy and community work.
  • deconstruct “case consultation” norms that don’t serve clients or practitioners, and consider what a “Culture of Critique” that is generative, expansive, connected and dignified might offer.
  • consider practices of structuring safety and creating relationships of respect and dignity which can promote a culture of accountability that generates useful and rich critique.
  • share some exercises for creating intentional supervisory relationships.
  • create cultures of accountability that invite critique that are a resistance against surveillance practices of supervision.
  • practice examples of “Living Supervision”, and creating “Solidarity Teams” to assist practitioners to work in alignment with our collective ethics

Vikki Reynolds PhD RCC is an activist/therapist from Vancouver, Canada, who works to bridge the worlds of social justice activism and therapy. Vikki is a white settler of Irish, Newfoundland and English folks, and a heterosexual woman with cisgender privilege. Her experience includes supervision and therapy with peers, activists, and other workers responding to the opioid epidemic/poisonings, torture and political violence, sexualized violence, mental health and substance misuse, homelessness and legislated poverty and working alongside gender and sexually diverse communities. Vikki is an Adjunct Professor and has written, keynoted and presented internationally on the subjects of ‘Witnessing Resistance’ to oppression/trauma, ally work, resisting ‘burnout’ with justice-doing, a supervision of solidarity, ethics, and innovative group work. Vikki’s articles and keynotes are available free on her website:

Solution Focused Narrative Therapy: The Blend of Two Models

A 1-day workshop with Linda Metcalf



Apologies for any inconvenience. Replacement dates to follow in due time.


Co-hosted by The Institute of Narrative Therapy and Brief


Cost: £130 plus VAT – 20% discount if you are funding yourself


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Imagine working with clients and utilizing their direction to choose which path to travel in therapy.  Imagine using their words to externalize or fantasize about what a preferred future would be like, adding in client values as a means of constructing the preferred future.   The solution focused approach and narrative approach, both postmodern therapy models, link together nicely, utilizing client language and allowing clients to move forward at a pace that is respectful and sensitive. Whether the client presents issues such as marital discord, depression, anger, anxiety or other concerns, Solution Focused Narrative Therapy can assist them in a way that is both forward moving yet meaningful, enriching the dialogue with the client’s words, leaving the client feeling heard and in charge.

Based on a new book, Solution Focused Narrative Therapy (Springer, 2017), this workshop will provide a glimpse into how two models can make magic for clients and… therapists. Participants will learn the basic tenets of SFNT, see video cases and engage in experiential exercises so they can experience the new mode


Linda Metcalf, PhD, LMFT is a Professor and Director of the Graduate Counseling Program at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas where she also maintains a private practice. She is the author of eleven books including Counseling Toward Solutions (1995, CARE, 2008,Wiley,  2019, KDP ), Teaching Toward Solutions (Crown House, 2005), Marriage and Family Therapy: A Practice Oriented Approach (Springer, 2011, 2019 and Solution Focused Narrative Therapy, Springer, 2017).  She has presented hundreds of seminarto therapists and educators in the United States, Australia, Japan, Newfoundland, Germany, Scotland, England, Norway, Amsterdam, Singapore, Thailand, Canada and China.

She is Past President of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and current President of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family therapy. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband Roger. Together, they are proud parents of three adult children, Roger Jr., Kelli and Ryan and two golden retrievers named Ringo and Ranger.

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