Narrative Therapy Introduction Courses

Notice: We’ve recently completed a short course on 16,17 April and considering one or two more this year. Please subscribe to receive the latest updates. We can also do this short course in various other formats at your premises (or ours) at your business, school, or church as part of your employee assistance, counsellor training, personal or team development and more. We leave the rest of the page up for an overview.

We look forward to see you at our next online short course Meeting Narrative Therapy, 16-17 April.

If you still want to enroll on short notice (today) please fill out the registration form at the bottom of the page and also contact Charlotte on our mobile office +27 76 135 7367 who will then email you the link needed. It takes place online for the majority of participants but you are also welcome to join us at the centre in Pretoria East (address on the contact page).

Note that we don’t often have a narrative short course as a narrative approach is best taught in a way where students come together over a period of time. See our special arrangement below to continue with the current group of students enrolled in our longer programme shortly after the weekend programme.

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Our short course is an introduction to narrative therapy and community work

A link to the online classroom will be provided to registered students closer to the time of the course. Registration forms below.

If you have any technology considerations, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can look into it with you anytime prior or Friday morning. Here is a short overview and some tips to make your online attendance enjoyable.

Grab a coffee and read

Rest assured that any participant who uses this short course to carry on their studies from May will be able after the ‘lockdown’ to either continue online or cross back to regional classes wherever we have learning communities.


If you’re already onboard simply fill out the registration form below while the remainder of the page covers useful information for new participants.

Background to the programme

We mainly offer a university accredited advanced programme in pastoral narrative counselling. The best way to experience the strength of a narrative approach is to become part of an ongoing learner group or community of practice. This provides a safe space to grow and share within the community.

Still, we recognise the need for introductory courses and decide annually by the end of January whether and in what regions we host such courses. These are then usually held in March/April and, or (but less likely) September. Those attending receive recognition to continue with the longer programme either in the same year (from April/May) or the following year (See below).

That said, organisations, faith communities, and other interested parties can request a custom learning experience at any time.


The following lecturers are looking forward to meet you at the upcoming short course.

Meeting Narrative Therapy course

Short course dates per region

Due to Covid implications the short course will be hosted primarily online. However, should we see a number of students enrolling from specific regions (as indicated on registration forms) in which we have learning communities, students could be linked up to local communities. Historically we have had learning communities in Pretoria, Roodepoort, Benoni, Durbanville (Cape), George and Mossel Bay, Swakopmund, Lydenburg.

Short course outcomes in a narrative approach

  • Learn how to make sense of the stories that surround us: our own, families, films, media, organisations, and society. 
  • How to unpack and question those stories that tear us down.
  • How to build up the narratives that we want to live in and empower us to reach our full potential.
  • Get a better perspective on what shapes our identity and develop our preferred way of being in the world.

Contextualisation in interest groups

Our introductory course is centered on a narrative approach and is contextualised in the group work (not the reading material itself) for different audiences based on how many participants from specific interest groups we get. If you are interested in narrative work, let’s say in organisations, then we advise to enroll as a group from your organisation that will allow you to contextualise what you will be learning in small group discussion. The same is applicable to other groups such as ministry groups, teachers, or leaders. If you want it fully contextualised with more specific material added please arrange a separate instance of this short course in your organisation. Since a narrative approach in working with people is strongly embedded in the development of narrative therapy, counselling material serves as the foundation of the reading. Understand narrative work in this context, then you will understand it in other contexts. Particularly if you are interested in interdisciplinary practices (being, for instance, both a leader and coach) some professional associations, here SignoProfessional, seek to help explain how your choice for narrative counseling translates to other contexts.

For counsellors: This short course will enable you to start work in your community in a way to strengthen the preferred stories that sustain healthy ways of relating to others and the challenges we face. It requires, however, oversight of your local leadership and care team for accountability.



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The standard fee for any new participant not having studied at Coram Deo. Fee: R1900



The standard fee for any new participant but attending as part of a group and not having studied at Coram Deo. Group cost: R540 per person for a group entry of 10 or more people.

Multiply and pay custom amount. Please use normal EFT.


(Special rates are subject to participant numbers. Please ask if anything is uncertain)


Students currently attending as part of any existing regional direct Coram Deo programme (First year, Second year, Third year, Coram Care members): R250 per person



Former Coram Deo learners such as Alumni members: R450 per person



Book: R400 not compulsory (but compulsory if participants continue with the advanced programme). Minimal stock kept in Pretoria.

Certification fee: Please note that all fees exclude the cost of the University of Pretoria certificate at R200.

Continue with the advanced immediately after the introductory course

For any short course you attended before participants can seamlessly continue their studies in the accredited longer programme immediately after the introductory programme. They do not have to wait a year. That is on the condition that locally there is enough interest to proceed with our standard longer accredited programme. Alternatively they will be able to join the existing blended learning group right after the introductory programme to work towards their advanced certificate programme.

Not seeing your region?

Please email us if you are interested to take part in introductory learning programmes at any partner learning community or regions not mentioned. In many cases we know of students who are really interested to commence and your display of interest will help us assess whether to prioritise in some areas.

Our learning partners include:

Electronic registration for short course