The Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work is a University of Melbourne postgraduate specialist qualification consisting of 3 subjects to achieve 100 credit points of study:
Advanced Narrative Skills Development (25 points)
The Art of Narrative Practice (25 points)
Narrative Practice and Research Synthesis (50 points)
The course is delivered through a combination of face-to-face intensive teaching in Adelaide, an on-line program of work, and a capstone research subject.
Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals. The type of assessment includes recorded interviews, written reflections and contact logging with feedback provided throughout the course on progress.
The final subject, Narrative Practice and Research Synthesis, requires all students to develop a critical understanding of research concepts and methods, and to engage in their own practice research project.
An undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent; and
Evidence of two years of relevant work experience; and
Evidence of completion of prior narrative therapy studies at Dulwich Centre or equivalent; and
Statement of up to 500 words by the Applicant; and
A professional referee report.
NB. Participants must also be in a position to put narrative ideas into practice at least 5 hours per week for the duration of the Masters.
English language requirements will be IELTS 6.5 on all bands.
SCWK90060 Advanced Narrative Skills Development (25 points) - In this subject, students acquire skills in engaging with ten key practice maps of narrative therapy, including externalising, re-authoring, remembering, definitional ceremony, documentation, absent but implicit, failure conversations map, responding to trauma, engagement with folk culture metaphors (tree of life/team of life/kite of life) and enabling contribution or social action. They also develop skills in analysing and evaluating the effects of their use of these maps of practice and in proposing alternative questions as well as lines of enquiry, in therapeutic and/or collective practice.
SCWK90061 Narrative Practice and Research Synthesis (50 points) - Students are challenged to innovate their own forms of narrative practice. Teaching focuses on some of the different methods of innovating that have contributed to new forms of narrative practice, such as co-research, partnerships, cross-cultural invention, folk cultural innovation, synthesis of practice with readings from outside the field, responding to challenges in relation to politics of experience and translations across languages. This involves revisiting some of the social and intellectual histories of narrative practice and drawing on recent international innovations as case studies of innovation. Drawing on these histories and practices of innovation, in the second half of the subject, as the capstone experience, students are then required to undertake an original piece of practice research, with findings presented in a standard required for publication.
SCWK90062 The Art of Narrative Practice (25 points) - Students acquire a working knowledge of the diversity of ways in which narrative practices are being engaged with children, young people and adults as well as with individuals, groups organisations and communities, in a range of different cultural contexts across the globe. Students are required to analyse developments in the field in relation to their implications for own practice in their own local cultural context.
Advanced Narrative Skills Development is a pre-requisite for The Art of Narrative Practice.
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