Narrative Therapy Introduction Courses

Current short course: Meeting Narrative Therapy (an overview of narrative ideas used in counselling and other narrative helping roles). Our short course is an introduction to narrative therapy and community work

We have concluded our short course on 8-9 April. We have made a recording of class so you can still enroll. The completion certificate will give you discount towards studying our standard programme for which enrollment opens in September.

The price for the self paced overview course ‘Meeting narrative therapy’ on our website is R1250. If you enroll now (up to the end of August), you pay only R950. Payment can be made to Coram Deo, ABSA Cheque account 4067258321 | Branch Code 335 545 (Hatfield). Use reference number MTN+Surname+Initials. Use the registration form below and send us notification of payment after which we will enroll you on the course website..

So, come meet four of our lecturers who presented the overview course this year. Supervision students are standing by to give you a practical experience of any of the concepts as you go through the course once enrolled.

The rest of the page, we leave up as an archive for the current year.

We usually consider during January-February whether we will have a bridging course and short course in narrative therapy, an introduction, in April. If we do, that is the only instance of doing a live presentation. Other than that enroll for the course as a recording of the live event at a reduced rate.

Since we are working with people’s stories, and students develop trusted connections over time, we strongly suggest you continue with our Pastoral Narrative Therapy course (beyond introduction). The short course gives and overview of narrative ideas we teach in the standard programme. The short course is also an abbreviated presentation of the first 8-12 weeks of the standard programme.

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 in communities.

Since it is a short course it requires oversight of your local leadership and care team for accountability. For more independence and considering to establish a counselling practice you will have to complete any relevant, usually longer, foundational programme.

Calling on pioneering mentors

Note that 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. But we do suggest sending a couple of people first, to act as pioneering mentors for people development and mental health in your organisation.

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 situated in a narrative approach. A narrative approach can be applied in all helping roles/professions. Historically this approach is developed in a counselling/therapeutic context, which by default is the context of this training in its recorded format. If you come from other helping professions, let us know. It is only in groups (such as from your community, organisation, ministry that we can help you contextualise the ideas in your profession or context after your delegates have completed the online recorded training. Even though you might not be looking to use it in counselling, counselling remains the best context within which to see how it is applied. When we do this course in a live setting you should especially let us know the context you are coming from.


To do the self-paced version of this course as recording of class sessions, the price is mentioned above.

A. Standard fees (for real time classes when, if, presented)

For all payment references please use MNT [Surname][Initials]. Where possible also send notification of payment to


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.

B. Coram Deo existing community members/students’ fees

(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


C. Exclusions

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 standard programme immediately after the introductory course


We mainly offer a university accredited advanced programme in pastoral narrative counselling (our standard / core programme). 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.

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