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Date: Friday, October 25, 2024

Registration will open for this program sometime during mid-Summer 2024

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST

Format: Hybrid

  • Livestream via Zoom, or
  •  In person: UNC School of Social Work, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

CE Credit: 6 CEs, read for full information on credit types awarded.
Fees: $90 (scholarships available)


The stories we tell about ourselves and the world shape our understanding of reality and what might be possible. Thus, it matters who does the authoring and gets included, highlighted, and left out. In this workshop, participants will delve into the philosophies underpinning narrative therapy and engage with practices that facilitate rich story development. Participants will learn key therapeutic processes for supporting individuals and families in deconstructing internalized deficit-focused storylines often rooted in incomplete and simplistic narratives. Mauricio will discuss and demonstrate storying practices to assist clients in reconstructing and redefining reality, while attending to language, discourse, and social context. Mauricio believes that learning to conduct therapy is a deeply personal endeavor. Therefore, he will guide participants through experiential and reflective exercises that use self-narrative as a primary learning tool.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the training participants will be able to:

  1. Define at least three principles of narrative therapy and how they inform therapeutic practices.
  2. Explain the meaning of “de-centered, yet influential” positioning in therapeutic conversations.
  3. Name and engage in at least three storying practices to help clients deconstruct problem-saturated stories of self.
  4. Explain how various contexts—social, cultural, political, historical—shape reality, and identify three therapeutic practices that can increase client awareness and empower them to counter these influences.
  5. Define and give at least one example of deconstruction, externalization, and re-authoring practices in narrative therapy.
  6. Explain the “statement of position map” and its application in externalizing conversations.
  7. List at least three examples of intentional open-ended questions that deconstruct incomplete identity conclusions.
  8. Understand the concepts of rich story development and thick description and describe how they assist in the reconstruction of preferred narratives.
  9. Apply double listening and curiosity to enhance rich story development and re-authoring.


Trainer: Mauricio Yabar, Ph.D., LCSW, M.Ed. is an assistant professor in the Social Work Department at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Mauricio has over a decade of clinical

experience, including in agency and private practice settings working with individuals and families facing the effects of various types of trauma, substance use, sexual offending, and sexual compulsivity. His research focuses on topics pertaining to gay/bisexual men, Latina families, and forensic social work. He draws on social constructivism, reflexive practice, and narrative-based philosophies to inform his clinical work, research, and teaching.



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