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Workshop September 6th: Narrative Therapy and Trauma

 Trauma, Abuse, and Intimate Relationships:  Exploring Narrative Intersections and Discursive “Traps”

Stephen Gaddis, PhD., LMFT

Friday, September 6th.  9:30am-4:30pm


“During this day we will look at the culturally available (dominant) stories offered to intimate relationships when one or both members have a trauma history and act abusively.  We will reflect on the real effects these stories have for them individually as well as their relationship.  The purpose of this workshop is to appreciate the complex positions offered “therapists” when agreeing to help in these contexts.  My hope is that we will identify questions that will keep us accountable for our role in various power relations.  The launching point for our reflections will be through work with a couple I have recently met with in my work.” – Stephen Gaddis, PhD.

Stephen is a family therapist who teaches and practices post-structural narrative therapies. His fifteen-year passion for narrative therapy has taken him around the world.   He is currently focusing his attention on gender and its intersection with intimate relationships, parenting, and adolescence.  Steve currently co-directs The Narrative Therapy Initiative at The Salem Center.

The fee for the workshop is $100.  There is a $50 discount if you’ve attended one of the monthly narrative salons or if you’ve taken the UC Berkeley Narrative Therapy and Trauma Course.  Please register before September 3rd by sending an email to and we will send you the payment information.  6 CEUS for California LCSWs and MFTs provided by Sheira Kahn, MFT,  PCE 4104 .