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Level 2 Certificate Program

The Caspersen Therapy and Training Center offers a Level Two Narrative Therapy Certificate Program providing an opportunity to train with John Stillman, LICSW, and many other experienced narrative therapists in the Twin Cities and from around the world. 


This seven month clinical training program runs from October 2024 to March 2025 (No programming for the 2023-2024 season). The Certificate Program consists of an organized series of monthly workshops, practice group training, texts, and readings. It is offered both on-site and via interactive web conferencing.  Participants also have access to recordings. 


The program is open to students and graduates of the major clinical disciplines: Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work, Pastoral Care, Professional Counseling, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Medicine, Nursing, etc.  Participants need to have completed the curriculum of the Level One Narrative Certificate Program or have equivalent training.


Those who successfully complete the program will build on the foundational knowledge and skills they learned in the Level One course, acquiring more aptitude to practice Narrative Therapy in individual, couple, family and group therapy across a wide range of problems and ages.


While the Level One program introduced participants to narrative principles, Level Two program goes further and allows a greater understanding and applications of the principles in practice.  The course is designed to build on resonance of the therapist to these each of the 7 principles of narrative therapy.  Through this greater awareness and intentionality on the part of the practitioner results in the principles having more impact with clients.  Exercises have been specifically designed by John Stillman for this purpose and have been tested with positive feedback.  These exercises will be used for the practice portion of the course along with teaching and discussion before and after each session. 


The reading will consist of articles by multiple authors exposing the participants to a diverse perspectives and practices of these principles.  The workshops offer a wide array of topics presented by leading narrative practitioners.  This course will be a rich experience, increasing skills, awareness and practice of narrative ideas.  A bonus will be the relationships formed with like-minded people from around the world.


Program Requirements


17 workshop hours offered 

The workshops provided at Caspersen offer four workshops per training series.  Participants need to attend 3 of the 4 workshops to complete the course and they have the option of attending all 4 for no additional charge.  While it is recommended that students attend workshops live, you can view some of the workshops as recordings if you are unable to attend the scheduled workshops. 


21 practice group hours

7 practice groups, each 3 hours long, will be held through the series. We do our best to schedule the practice groups at times best fitting for participants’ schedules.  Each practice group will be focused on acquiring skills to practice the different narrative principles.  The participants will use exercises directly from Stillman, J. (in press). Narrative therapy handbook: Moving narrative principles into practice as well as exercises that have been specifically crafted for the advance course.  



CEUs are available for both the workshops and the practice groups and will be awarded upon completion of all course requirements.  CEUs are available through Minnesota licensing boards of Psychology, Family Therapy and Board of Behavioral Health.  National CEUs are available through ASWB for social work.  ASWB covers Minnesota social workers.  ASWB also covers other licenses in different states.  We ask participants to take responsibility for checking to see if they can receive CEUs by contacting the licensing board associated with their license.



Reading assignments will be given throughout the program. Reading is selectively chosen with the intention to maximize learning while minimizing wasted time, as we are mindful that this program is for working professionals. 


Short reflections are completed once per month and are focused on connecting the content from the assigned readings to your life and work.  These are brief thought pieces solidifying the reading concepts. 


Final identity paper

A final reflection paper will be due to receive the certificate. This paper is a culmination of the ideas and principles practiced throughout training.  




*Participants are encouraged to pay the full cost upfront.  They can also make two payments, one half at the start in October and the other half in January for an additional administrative charge of $150.  Access to Narrative Journal Archive is purchased separately. 

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