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Creating Coherent Client Narratives
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When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
Where: NASW-NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Gail Noppe-Brandon, LLC LCSW, MPA, MA

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Clinicians understand the importance of listening. Participants will learn something that is not taught in graduate school or training programs: how to listen, and what to listen for. They will learn the meaning of a ‘coherent narrative’ and how they can listen for, ask about, and work with client material toward healing. The Instructor will lecture, use case demonstrations, lead en vivo role plays, and distribute handouts. Participants will also be guided through the use of writing as a tool for the treatment of trauma. 

  • Participants will learn how to ask the right questions needed to create a forensic map of their client’s story, and how, why and where it is incomplete.
  • Participants will come to understand how a complete and coherent narrative is the antithesis of pathology.
  • Participants will learn the difference between a bio/psycho/social and a narrative
  • Participants will learn how to connect their client’s current ‘symptoms’ to their client’s early emotional learnings, and how to spot these schemas
  • Participants will learn how to use writing as a tool for memory recovery, memory reconsolidation, and self-regulation


Gail Noppe-Brandon is a licensed clinical social worker with decades of narrative experience as a therapist and coach. She served as a Dean at NYU, where she also taught writing, has developed and offered Emotional Intelligence professional development workshops for the Department of Education, authored several books, chapters and articles on Narratology, is a featured communication Coach on PBS, and has given trainings on the use of Narratology in treating trauma at many institutes, conferences, and agencies. Gail was a psychotherapist at the JBFCS for 5 years, and is currently in private practice in NYC. 


6 CE Contact Hours

Eligible for LMFT and Social Work Continuing Education Contact Hours




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