Centre for Narrative Practice

European Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

July 9th Ė 10th 2009  Brighton, UK


with Pre-Conference workshops July 7th & 8th


Registration forms, click here

DRAFT Programme, click here


The Centre for Narrative Practice is excited to announce the first European Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work.


A wide range of European countries are involved in working together to make this a special event.  Countries involved include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.  And we hope there may be more to come.  We are expecting that most of these countries will provide workshops, making this a truly European event.


Keynote speakers will include Allan Holmgren from DISPUK  Denmark, and Maggie Carey and Shona Russell from Narrative Practices Adelaide, and Georgia Ilopoulou with a group of users from a community HIV service in London. 


DISPUK is Europeís largest agency that provides services specifically from a narrative perspective, whilst Narrative Practices Adelaide is the successor to Michael Whiteís centre in Adelaide.  It was at Michaelís suggestion that we started to plan this conference and we had looked forward to his participation, so it will be especially good to have him represented in this way.  


Topics to be covered include:  sexuality, eating issues, violence, drug addiction, HIV, children, adult mental health, families, chronic illness, pain, sickle cell anaemia, attachment issues, group work, community work, mediation, marital/partnership work, outdoor adventure, supervision, experience consultants, oral history, evidencing narrative, alternatives to CAPA; plus a host of specific narrative practices.


Presentations are planned from the following countries:  Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and UK, as well as Australia and Canada.


There will be the following pre-conference workshops:

July 7th-8th Exploring Narrative approaches to addressing men's violence  2 days with Maggie Carey, Shona Russell & Rob Hall of Narrative Practices Adelaide, Australia

July 8th  Foucault, Derrida and Delueze:  their implications for narrative practice Allan Holmgren and Anette Holmgren.  Alan is from DISPUK and Anette is from the Centre for Narrative Therapy, both in Denmark

July 8th  Introduction to Narrative Therapy:  FREE 1 day workshop open only to people attending the conference, with Sarah Walther and Lincoln Simmonds (UK)

Pre-Conference workshops will run from 10.00am - 4.30pm. 

Click here for details of Pre-Conference workshops


This is the fourth Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community work that we at the Centre for Narrative Practice have organised, the first being the 5th International Conference in Liverpool in 2003 which we co-hosted with Dulwich Centre, Adelaide.  We see this first European Conference as being in direct line from that one, and as being organised on the same founding principles.



DRAFT Programme, click here




Brighton is a thriving seaside town on the south coast of Britain and has two universities.  As well as many beautiful regency buildings and a Victorian pier there is the stunning Regentís Palace, which is open to visitors.   There is a history of activism in the town and the annual Gay Pride Parade is well known nationally.  Brighton is well worth visiting in itís own right and if you have not been before we recommend you make time to get to know it a little. 


Gatwick International Airport is around 40 minutes on the train, making it very accessible.  There are also direct coaches from both Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.  For those wishing to combine the conference with time in London, Brighton is less than an hour away on the train.





We warmly invite you to join us in Brighton next July where we are sure you will have a great time!


Registration forms, click here










Registration forms, click here