Becoming a Narrative Practitioner®
“Your work is spectacular!” – participant
of the program
At the Center for Narrative Studies we know that
even the stories of one individual are a compilation of many
stories, that we are formed by the stories we hear as well as
the stories we tell. In The Power of Appreciative Inquiry, Whitney
and Trosten-Bloom say that the “whole story is never a
singular story. It is often a synthesis, a compilation of multiple
stories, shared and woven together by the many people involved.”
As Bakhtin says, every voice is multi-voiced.
“A successful summit is always designed to
rich,’ that is, rich with storytelling.” (from The
Appreciative Inquiry Summit by Ludema, Whitney, Mohr, and
Griffin) Story is the first vehicle of communication in appreciative
• But why is the story form able to do what it does?
• Where does its power come from?
• How can stories be explored for more value?
• Who determines the meaning contained in the stories?
• Why are stories alive?
These questions and more are explored in a new program to be relaunched in 2014, Becoming
a Narrative Practitioner, offered by the Center for Narrative
The Center works with groups and organizations. We train people
to become leaders by teaching them to understand the power of
stories, to weigh the real effects stories have in shaping our
lives, and to apply narrative approaches to engage creatively
with conflict and change. We help participants understand how
story works and how to work stories.
All inquiries should be directed
or by calling 301-585-5188.