Narrative Therapy Introduction Courses

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

Please mind the change of dates as indicated due to COVID-19 measures taken. Time and other information remain the same but the dates still need to be updated in documentation.

All 3-4 April courses (except for Namibia) will now take place 17-18 April. Detail will be separately communicated for Namibia.

The 6-9 April online morning course will now take place 20-23 April.

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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 a learner group that becomes a community of practice. This offers 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) or the following year (See below).

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

Short course dates per region

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The short course allows participants to continue with the programme that commenced in the beginning of the year. The short course is however also independently accredited as an introductory course. The regions covered by the short courses do not represent all the areas in which we have learning communities. For example, participants traveling to Pretoria can continue in Roodepoort from April. If there is enough interest from regions where we do not have learning communities, from 8-15 participants, then we will consider to continue with that region as a learning community even after the short course. Please inquire.

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 material) for different audiences based on how many participants from specific groups (for instance Leaders, Pastors, Teachers) enroll. If you want it fully contextualised please arrange a separate instance of this short course in your organisation. Since a narrative approach working with people is strongly embedded in the development of narrative therapy, this context is the foundation of the training. 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.



  • Fee: R1900
  • Group cost: R540 per person for a group entry of 10 or more people.


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

  • Currently attending students in any existing regional direct Coram Deo programme (First year, Second year, Third year, Coram Care members): R250 per person
  • Currently attending online first-years (example fully online, Namibia, Bloemfontein, George): Free subject to participant interest 
  • 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.

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: