Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work

Course overview

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • Off Campus or Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February


Please note: This course will run 100% online for the 2023 intake. Applications are now open for the 2023 intake.

The Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work is a postgraduate specialist qualification for professionals interested in enhancing their clinical and practice-research skills.

Narrative therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.

Narrative approaches to therapy and community work are used by social workers, psychologists, community development workers, nurses, teachers, doctors, and other health professionals in a wide range of practice settings.

The degree is delivered as a joint initiative of the Department of Social Work (The University of Melbourne) and The Dulwich Centre, Adelaide. The Dulwich Centre is an international centre for narrative therapy training, established by internationally-renowned social worker and narrative therapist Michael White in 1984.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for counselling and community work professionals with an undergraduate degree and at least two years experience in their field who wish to utilise methods of narrative therapy in their practice.

Graduates have come from Singapore, Canada, China, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong, Israel, Tanzania, Ireland, Chile, South Africa, Denmark, Mexico, New Zealand and the UK.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

The Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne (Department of Social Work) and Dulwich Centre. It’s a practice-based program, with a wide-range of national and international teachers. It’s been specifically designed to spark continual innovation in the field.

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