Details for Narrative Therapy

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC532
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Narrative Therapy

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine narrative therapies and theories;
  2. Develop an advanced ability of how to apply narrative therapy knowledge and skills to a range of presenting issues;
  3. Develop the skills to create a collaborative client-therapist relationship;
  4. Develop the capacity to assess, conceptualise and use the therapeutic techniques of narrative therapies.

Subject Content

  • Post-structural thought concerning human identity and development
  • Social constructionist thought concerning discourse and the constitutive nature of language
  • An understanding of power as advocated by post-structural thinking and adopted by narrative therapy approaches to counselling
  • The centrality of story/narrative in post-modern thought
  • Exploring these topics, and experiences of them in your own life
  • The tools and practices of narrative therapy that apply these ideas to human lives – externalising conversations, re-authoring conversations, remembering conversations, definitional ceremonies, unique outcomes, scaffolding conversations
  • The stages of each of these practices
  • Developing and practicing narrative therapy practices and questions
  • Use a narrative therapy approach to counselling in role play situations
  • Use a narrative therapy approach in a real presenting concern with another student

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (20%)
  • Case Study and Treatment Plan (40%)
  • Skill Presentation and Paper (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • White, M. 2007. Maps of Narrative Practice, W.W. Norton & Co., New York.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any texts