Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work


Intended learning outcomes

This course prepares graduates for narrative therapy and community work.

The course:

  • Provides graduates with the theoretical and advanced skill base for working with narrative approaches with individuals, families and communities across the life course, particularly in the areas of trauma and recovery.
  • Prepares graduates for narrative practice in diverse cultural contexts
  • Introduces the specific theories and advanced skills of narrative therapy
  • Engages students in critical reflection of their own practice development
  • Engages students in practice research and writing for publication.

Course structure

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).

Each subject in this course 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. This requires integration of their theoretical and practice knowledge gained from previous subjects in the course.

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Teaching dates (2023)

Subject title Teaching dates
Advanced Narrative Skills Development (SCWK90060)

13 February 2023 - 14 July 2023

The Art of Narrative Practice (SCWK90062)

24 July 2023 - 17 November 2023

Narrative Practice and Research Synthesis (SCWK90061)

13 February 2023 - 1 December 2023

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